Difference Between Health and Wellness
by Healthy Homestead Team
3 months ago
The terms health and wellness are often used as synonyms. But they are not. Most people are confused, and they mistake the concept of health and wellness. They are not synonymous.
Being healthy refers to being disease free, both physically and mentally. Some ways to be healthy include eating healthy and nutritious food, avoiding foods that cause diseases, exercise, maintain normal blood pressure, reduce body fat, and more.
Wellness, on the other hand, is a more all-around concept. Wellness involves various aspects of well-being, not just being disease-free. Wellness can be used for physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, occupational, and more well-being.
True wellness is not a state we reach, but instead, a balance we try to maintain.
Difference between health and wellness
In order to understand the difference, let’s take a look at the definition by the World Health Organization.
The definition for health is “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. To put it simply, your health is much more than just your physical ailments.
Wellness, on the other hand, is defined as “the active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life”, a dynamic process of change and growth”. The two concepts are not opposite. But they are also not synonymous. Rather, they go hand in hand, helping you achieve your quest toward well-being.
Simply put, if health is your goal, wellness is the method you use to achieve it. Wellness is the action, while health is the desired outcome.
Why it matters?
We cannot always choose the state of our health. Sometimes, there are genetic issues that we inherit. Some people are born with heart disease. Others have a predisposition toward diabetes. Some accidents can cause injuries that last a lifetime.
However, wellness is a choice. You can choose to exercise on a regular basis. You can choose to eat healthy. And you can choose to quit smoking. You can choose to meditate. You can choose to take your medications as prescribed. Here are some examples of how wellness is defined in terms of physical, mental, occupational, emotional, and social.
- In terms of physical wellness, that means regular exercise, eating healthy food, taking daily dose of vitamins, avoid smoking, avoid drugs, get adequate amount of rest, lose weight if needed, maintain proper blood pressure, and limit your alcohol consumption
- Emotions are another component of wellness, and it includes being happy, being mindful, being positive, optimistic, eliminating stress, being forgiving, and at peace with yourself. People who are not emotionally well are miserable, stress, and often pessimistic and resentful
- Occupational wellness has everything to do with your career and work. Are you happy going to work? Do you get satisfaction from your work? Does your career fulfill your dreams? Do you have a sense of purpose and meaning?
- Many people overlook spiritual wellness, and it is quite important. That does not always have to include religion. Spiritual wellness concerns with the meaning of our live, making time for daily reflection, being aware with our connection with the nature, with the world at large, and being kind to other people
- Last, but not least, social wellness includes the quality of the relationships we build with others, having time to socialize, how we interact with others, how involved are we in the community, having a loving family, having deep connection with friends, and building trust with people around us