Health vs. Wellness, what the difference?

We all want to be healthy. Nobody intentionally tries to get sick. Most people believe that the absence of disease, illness or sickness is indicative of health, but health can also be termed as the general state of one’s mind and body. Wellbeing or wellness, is a more recent idea, which refers to an ideal level of vitality and health, both of which are essential if one is to have a good quality of life. Vital in attaining wellbeing is the idea of people taking responsibility for their own health rather than placing this upon other people such as doctors or other medical professionals.

In creating personal wellbeing, there are a number of different aspects of wellness that must be focused on: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, interpersonal, and environmental. To that list, some like to add: financial and occupational. Since these all contribute to our level of health, let’s explore all these areas in a little more detail.

  • Spiritual Wellness:this aspect of wellness gives joy and purpose to life, which in turn leads to the ability to give love and forgiveness, which can be very emotionally healing and conducive to wellness.
  • Mental Wellness:mental wellness involves the mind. It provides you with chances to challenge the mind by continually seeking new experiences, learning new skills, and being a lifelong learner, with continued education.
  • Emotional Wellness:a person who displays emotional wellness is able to identify their thoughts and feelings, and in doing so, make positive choices towards a healthy emotional state and outlook on life. Releasing any negative emotions is integral to emotional wellness, as any negative emotions not dealt with can lead to disease and other physical ailments.
  • Physical Wellness:in order to have physical wellness, one must have a healthy nutritional program, and a mucusless diet—i.e. a diet free (or as close to free as possible) from mucus-producing foods such as meats, dairy, refined sugars and flours and processed foods. Exercise is also vital, as is using natural methods, such as herbs, to both prevent illness and treat it when it occurs.
  • Interpersonal Wellness:beginning and maintaining existing relationships helps to create happiness within the home and immediate community. This aspect of personal wellness can impact upon physical and emotional wellness. For example, a fight or disagreement with someone may cause emotional upset, and impact upon your desire to eat.
  • Environmental Wellness:this form of wellness is often focussed upon by the green movement, and focusses on the importance of living in a healthy environment that is free from chemicals and other toxins, and having access to clean natural resources such as air and water.
  • Financial Wellness:financial mismanagement can lead to stress and a lack of wellness in other areas. Therefore self-discipline should be applied with regards to the managing of money and investments. Any financial obligations should be met, financial goals should be set, and budgets should be written up accordingly in order to stay as debt-free as possible.
  • Occupational Wellness:many people work in jobs they detest, which impacts upon their stress levels and personal happiness. If you are one of these people, you should move towards finding a job that brings you enjoyment and personal fulfillment.

We can all benefit from assessing how well we are doing meeting these various aspects that make up wellness, and set goals to improve in the areas in which we are lacking. In doing this, we all have the opportunity to live a long, healthy and happy life.  

Eureka Wellness has mastered techniques at achieving not only optimum health but also maximum wellness.