Wellness is the result of evolution of understanding of workings of human body and mind.
A number of scientific fields have over the years worked to update our knowledge of the human body- its functions, its limitations and its miracles too.
The science of medicine, psychology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biomechanics all have contributed immensely to upgrade our understanding and eventually today we have grasp over the concept of Wellness.
We know now, that wellness is not absence of disease. We also know it is not about being muscular or lean or having excessive stamina. So how can we define wellness? Is there a measure for wellness? Could it be a perfect state where all the functions of the body and mind, work at a defined optimum level?
In my opinion, wellness is a state that the human body is capable of achieving and experiencing as part of the process of living. It is not a static state that one can achieve and then simply leave it be. It must be worked at to be maintained.
This is echoed by The World Health Organization in its definition of wellness-
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
This is a very comprehensive definition that gives us an opportunity to visit the scope of its content. It also allows us to draw the following inferences-
- It is an active process
- Choices, conducive to health must be made
- It is a combined spectrum of our body, mind and lifestyle
- Maintenance of wellness requires goal setting, self monitoring and self regulation
In this present day and age of information, we have an upgraded understanding, and a well defined concept of health and wellness. However, the actual application of it is quite missing from the fast paced lifestyles of our civilized, millennial society.
As a more wholesome understanding and widespread appreciation of the concept of wellness develops, we see new definitions and meanings being incorporated to the word; but with the growth of its ideology, it also brings to fore the following pertinent questions-
- Is wellness and its popular awareness, a relatively new concept, or has it been reclaimed and rediscovered from an earlier age?
- Why is wellness as an integrated concept (separate from health), not a part of our mainstream education? And even if it is, is it effective enough?
- Why is the health industry only catering to a largely cosmetic view of health, i.e., symptoms, diagnosis and treatment?
I leave you with these questions for now, and urge you to explore them with me. Leave a comment so we initiate a process that can enrich us and help us share our collective understanding with others!