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Is There a Difference between Wellness and Health?

 

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Hello, again my beautiful Lifers!

  Today is Sunday, January 19th  and this post should have been written since yesterday  Saturday, January 18th. As you know it  I write blogs on a Saturday,

However,

I wasn't feeling up to it yesterday, I was feeling very tired and just wanted a break from work, (I work seven days per week, yes I do).

  So in honoring that feeling of tiredness and wanting a break,  I decided that I  was going to the park and I was just going to relax! It was kind of a do-nothing-day!

So I packed the kids up, hopped in the car and headed to the park Hope Botanical Garden where my daughter and I just layout on our blankets and talked,  while the boys played ball.

A much-needed act of wellness and I felt wonderful afterward, still not recouped 100% but the fact that I took some time away from work to exhibit self-care, that is wellness 101.  Being able to acknowledge when you need a break and act on it, is a loving act of wellness and preservation that your body will thank you for later!

On the subject of wellness and health, I  thought this was important to point out. I sense that something was off and  I took the initiative to take care of my health- that action is called wellness.

Remember, I posted a blog about wellness a few weeks ago,  where I stated that wellness was an action-right?

So wellness is an action that we take to improve our health or well-being. So whatever it is that you do that will improve your state of being that action is called Wellness.

I like to say the health falls under the umbrella of wellness - because without taking measures to gain wellness- your health will deteriorate.  so we must ensure that we are creating wellness to improve our health and health in all aspects of being.

 

What is wellness?

As I said, wellness is an action that we take to achieve our health goals. So it can be anything from daily activities, like, walking running, proper rest, proper diet, eating on time,  taking a much-needed vacation, etc. To simply getting your nails or hair done.  Anything that involves SELF- CARE will equate to Wellness.

When we talk about wellness we are speaking of attunement to self- we must be mindful of the red flags waving at us, telling us that we need a break (like me on Saturday) or something isn't right, before it becomes and health issue.

There are Five Fundamentals of Wellness That a  broke down in a previous post. These Five areas of wellness are Physical, Emotional, Mental, social/financial and Spiritual state of being.

Since we know what to fundamentals of wellness are how can we ensure that we are doing the right things to create balance in these areas?

My number one go-to tip is awareness! 

Pay attention to what your body is telling you don't turn a blind eye to the signs and signals that your body is waving at you.

Secondly, Get Active!  
There is no better way the create wellness than being active. There are many ways that you can make yourself active outside of your 9-5 work/job.

and I don't want to ear "I DON"T HAVE TIME"  You have 24hrs in a day and they are all yours! you decide how you are going to use them.

So, You can:

  • Join a social club
  • Start a workout routine ( walk, jog, run, yoga, pilates, Zumba, weight lifting, swimming cycling)
  •  Participate in social activities, like hanging out with friends, or being active in your church or school 
  • volunteer of a shelter or children's home
  •  Go hiking or rock climbing (if you are into that kind of things
  •  Go to the beach 
  • Go outside for a walk
  • Read a  book
  • Go to the salon or the Spa

There are endless things that you can do to stay active, so there is no reason why you shouldn't make wellness a priority.

 

Choosing a  proper diet is also an act of wellness. 

What you eat and how you eat says a lot about how you feel about yourself. If you feel good about yourself, you will ensure that you are making healthier choices.

But let us keep in mind that since inception we had no say in what we eat-I understand that many of us eat what our family eats and that's Ok. Many of us are cultural eaters as well. another subject that I discussed profoundly in my book IT IS TIME.

I agree that all this is true, however, as we grew older and become more aware we have more choices, correct? and not only do we have more choices we have better reasoning and understanding, and I hope discernment as well and can tell the difference between right or wrong.

I like to use this analogy, if you know the gas that you are putting in your car is bad and will damage the engine, will you still put that bad gas in the car? I am sure the answer is no!  so why can't it be the same when it comes to choosing the proper food? What you are telling me you value your car more than your health, more than your life? This is something that you all have to think about! There are far too many media out there on food as a wellness routine that we are still turning a blind eye.

I took my health into my own hand in 2018 when I decided to become a vegan. Removing all animal products from my diet was one of the best things I ever did for myself and my health and my well-being. Many of us talk about losing weight but do you want to lose weight or be healthy? another thing to think about.

But say you want both, you can have both It is a choice that you MUSt make and some sacrifices that go with it! With is your COST? 

 What PRICE are you willing to pay? Another thing to think about!

What I  will assure you that if you want to lose weight in a healthy fashion, no weight loss Tea that you will drink will give you the result as not eating animal products will give you, especially meat!  

So the choice is yours....what's your price?

 

What is health?

 

What is health? A profound question- Do we really know what health or having good health encapsulate?

many of us when we speak of health- we are making reference to not being sick or not gone to the doctor's office in a while.

But is for more significant than that. There are stages we go before we get to that phase of being sick, hence why wellness is extremely important.

So health is our overall state of being which falls under the FIVE FUNDAMENTAL OF WELLNESS. 

Health isn't just physical, it is also mental, emotional, spiritual, social/financial. A healthy lifestyle is something that we should aim to acquire.

If our health is not good then we will not be good and we will not be able to perform at our optimal to drive to the success we desire.

So health starts with Wellness, therefore, whatever we do wellness should be at the pinnacle. we should always be thinking about our health and what measure of wellness can we perform to improve our health or to keep it balance. We can never be too healthy or have too good well-being. We MUST always thrive to have good health and don't wait until the flag is at its last wave. With our health, we MUST be Proactive and not Reactive

So health is the byproduct of wellness, I hope i am correct by saying this :) but that's my description of health and wellness base on my understanding and knowledge of what health and wellness.

 

Conclusion

With this breakdown of the difference between health and wellness, I hope now we can separate the two knowing the difference.

I also hope that you are now equipped to make better wellness choices- be aware, get active and be mindful of what you eat.

By knowing we can make a difference. Without knowing than there is not much power that you have to choose. Knowledge is power,

don't be an abuser of the power, but a user that will affect change.

 

What act of wellness will you take today?

 

Have a Creative Day!

 

Joelee

Life Creator/Lightworker