Hey Mamas, what’s the importance of health and wellness? Sometimes it’s tough to discern between the two.
Not to worry! Here’s a quick take on both, as well as my recommendations to help you get your journey started! Make sure to download my FREE 8 Dimensions of Wellness Chart below!
Health and Wellness Definitions and Importance
Health and wellness are important to everyone. Both terms describe much more than the absence of illness or injury – they describe ways in which we feel about ourselves as individuals (well), as members of society (healthy), and in relation to our environment (balanced).
What is Health?
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. In addition to physical fitness, health encompasses areas such as nutrition and stress management.
Health also covers everything from muscle strength to your immune system, from how well you sleep to whether you have the ability to enjoy life.
Your health also implies how able one is to perform daily activities without limitations caused by pain or illness. In other words, getting sick doesn’t mean that your health isn’t good anymore, it just means you’re temporarily unable to be at your best!
The Importance of Health
Health is important because a lack of it leads to a lower quality of life, which makes someone less productive and happy. The lack of health can also lead to financial insecurity and difficulty with long-term care. Health is the key component for a long, healthy life and we should all do our part in making sure people are living well.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is the ability to live a healthy, productive life. It’s the state of being happy and content, whole and complete. It’s a state of peace with yourself and your surroundings.
Wellness isn’t static—it’s a dynamic process of continuous improvement that involves balancing four main aspects: physical (health), emotional (emotions), mental (thoughts), and spiritual (meaning). It can be difficult to achieve when you’re not feeling well physically or mentally.
The Importance of Wellness
Wellness is more than just being healthy. It’s about being your best self, living in a balanced way, taking care of yourself and having a positive attitude. It’s the sum total of your thoughts and actions in each moment; how you think, feel and act.
You’ll find that practicing wellness will help you be more productive at work and relax more at home. When you feel good physically, mentally and emotionally it shows in your actions towards others as well as yourself (i.e., I’m much more likely to give a friend an honest opinion if I’m happy with how I look).
What is Health and Wellness – The Link Between the Two
You may be wondering, how are health and wellness linked? Well, the two concepts are intrinsically tied together because one can’t exist without the other.
Health and wellness go hand in hand with each other and are affected by one another. Both of these things affect what happens outside of themselves as well.
For example, if you’re sick or having a bad day, your mood may be down which affects your performance at work or engagement with your children.
That said, it’s important to remember that the two concepts are not exactly the same thing. Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. It’s about how you feel on a day-to-day basis; your overall level of happiness and self-esteem. Wellness goes above and beyond this state; it encompasses how you take care of yourself physically, mentally and socially.
How to Achieve Good Health and Wellness
A truly healthy lifestyle requires self-care at every level: physical activity, good nutrition (including water), sleep hygiene, stress management and mental well-being practices such as meditation or mindfulness can all contribute toward wellness goals.
Wellness can be achieved by making healthy choices in all areas of your life: physical activity, nutrition, mental health, social connections, spirituality/meditation or other positive practices, and surrounding yourself with positive people and experiences that are aligned with your values.
So Mamas, how do we start? Here are some helpful resources I recommend:
As our lives become busier and we find ourselves short on time, it can be easy to put your health on the back burner. You don’t necessarily need to overhaul your lifestyle and start training for a marathon every morning (although, if you want to, by all means go for it!).
Instead, small changes – such as prioritizing sleep or taking even a few minutes each day to stretch and move – can help you create a foundation for good health that will last for years to come. Download my FREE 8 Dimensions of Wellness Chart!