Talk health and sickness to people and they understand it without too much trouble. Wellness on the other hand is not that well understood. If you refer to a dictionary you will learn that it is a quality of being healthy both in body and mind. This is a direct result of deliberate effort to prevent illness and to increase life span.
As you see the terms health and wellness are closely related but not the same. Wellness is trying to stay healthy by proactive means. It does not happen through providence but by deliberate action and choices in life.
So what the are elements of wellness? Mental peace, physical well-being, emotional wellness, healthy relationships, spiritual improvement, your place in the universe are the aspects that makeup overall wellness. You are physically healthy today but the bad state of spiritual health could drag you down and eventually affect your health. In order to achieve complete wellness focus on all areas.
How will you improve if you have no idea what your current health status is? So, start with a complete physical exam by visiting your health professional. Examine your eating habits and analyze your preferences in food. Chart your physical activity levels. Get your dental evaluation done. Do you drink and smoke often? Are you into drugs and prescription drugs? How often do you spend time tending to your body and mind like getting a massage or visiting health retreats?
Analyzing your mental well-being is the next challenge. Are your goals ambitious enough? Do you grab the opportunities and offers that come your way? Are you calm and relaxed? Do you get stressed at minor irritants? Do you meditate? Do you reward yourself for any accomplishments in life and career? What skills are you working at improving in life?
What about your emotional satisfaction levels? Are you in control of your emotions? Do they affect your body functions? Are you able to freely share your thoughts, feelings and wants with others? Can you smile and not, sweat the small stuff? Do you have a daily journal? Do you write about your thoughts? Do you talk with friends and family often? Do you hug your loved ones? Do you have a positive attitude towards the future? If you feel that you can’t handle your life and the emotional burden is crushing then consult a professional and get help.
A similar evaluation of the other aspects of your well-being will reveal your strengths and weaknesses. It will also put you on track to overall wellness.