The WHO, World Health Organisation defines the term ‘wellness’ as “…a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
While the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as this ‘the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal lifestyles that promote wellness’.
Wellness to us is an approach to life and how we live.
Wellness is built upon the awareness of the connection between our physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.
To dig in a little deeper into each component…
Physical: Physical wellbeing relates to the health of our body, this is achieved through leading a physically healthy lifestyle. i.e. Staying fit through exercise and physical activities, paying attention to our diet and our nutritional intake.
Mental and Emotional: These two are often put into the same box, however, they are two separate components that do affect one another.
Your mental health relates to your mind or brain. It is how you intellectually perceive/understand outside influences and what the effects of that result in.
The ability to control, understand and express emotion is how you gauge with the state of your emotional health.
Emotional and mental health affects our physical and social wellbeing. How can you put in 100% performance in your chosen activity or work when your mind isn’t 100%?
Social: Being able to interact with people and your environment, and successfully create relationships with them.
Spiritual: How your faith and belief in some unifying force influences you.
You could say that wellness directly effects our quality of life. We are able to create goals and guidelines on how to improve our wellness, therefore the quality of life by becoming conscious.
With Instagram and social media, we often see people posting selfies of their lean bodies which automatically makes us automatically assume that they lead a healthy lifestyle. But how healthy are they? What corners have they cut to get there and how real are the pics? Are they truly healthy? What about self value/worth? How are they measuring themselves? We are certainly not implying that all of these people are not healthy. We are saying that how you look measured against some social standards does not directly translate to how healthy you actually are.
It is important that we see a portrayal of wellness, total wellness, rather than what the fitness industry calls someone who is ‘skinny-fat’. We are about real, authentic healthy role models for society and our kids.
Our philosophy is that there is no point in doing the hard work at the gym and then not looking after your body properly by eating junk food, partying hard and not getting enough sleep etc.
We have come to realise that it’s okay to have crappy days because other days are going to be amazing. Some days you will eat cake and watch movies and other days you’ll have broccoli and go to the gym!
Wellness is about balance, tapping in to yourself (knowing yourself) and being true to who you are, what you stand for and value in life — in all areas of your life.
Picture a radar chart in front of you, there are 4 or 5 points of the chart, each labelled with the above components. Does your chart look like a neatly woven spider’s web or does it create a spiky, abstract shape?
What does your current state tell you about what wellness means to you?
We will leave you with these words from Greg Anderson.
‘The single overriding objective in wellness is creating constant personal renewal where we recognize and act on the truth that each day is a miraculous gift, and our job is to untie the ribbons.’
We invite you to join us on your own personal wellness journey….