What Is “Wellness”?

According to The World Health Organization, wellness is defined as “a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 

In my opinion, I think this a pretty good description of wellness but it’s not for everyone. I’m not too sure that everyone has a complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being at all times in order for them to attain wellness. 

The more I coach people, the more I question these terms that we throw out there so much. “Diet, ““Wellness,” “mindful,” – so many things to consider and to be honest, I think everyone has a different meaning for all of them.

Over the years and throughout my current work experience as a health coach, I realized that wellness changes pretty much every day for almost everyone. Some days, we have super high energy and wellness means running four miles and eating perfectly that whole day. Yes, that is amazing and commendable. However, for others, wellness is also relaxing while watching a movie with a face mask on and eating leftovers on the coach. Neither is better than the other. Plus, a face mask and a movie at home sound great right about now! 

Even though there are different ideas of wellness for all of us, there are some key factors that many of us consider as ways for maintaining some of the wellness we have created (or want to start creating): 

  1. Having a good support system. I think this is most important (even more important than a healthy diet!) People who have a good support system whether that be friends or family or both, tend to use that support to create a positive path for themselves. 
  2. Time Management. I notice that when people think of wellness and how they can incorporate healthy habits into their life, time management becomes a great tool to start this habit. What I find helpful is staying organized, getting yourself a planner, setting reminders and most importantly, making time for YOURSELF.  
  3. Balance. Whether that means balancing your job and being a parent, balancing work, school, relationships, health issues, or balancing plates on your head; balance is a key to living a more “wellness-filled” life. No one is perfect and some days will be crazier than others. So, when you feel yourself spiraling down the ‘to-do list” black hole, try and take five calming deep breaths. This is an old trick in the books but something that has helped me personally. It sets you back to real life and forces you to come back to this moment because this moment is all we have. 

Hope some of these ideas/tips help in making things more clear on the idea of wellness. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments!  



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