Well-being vs. Wellness – Is There A Difference?

Wellness and Well-being are very similar terms, often used interchangeably, but there are distinct differences. The World Health Organization defines wellness as the active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. While most dictionaries define Well-being as the state of being healthy, happy and successful or prosperous.

We see that both concepts revolve around health, or being well and free from illness or disease, and from our previous definition wellness is the ongoing process of becoming aware of choices and making informed decisions toward the end goal – health. In our pursuit of wellness, we learn to make healthier choices that affect our body, mind, and spirit. This process of wellness also involves creating new “healthy” habits and eliminating unhealthy ones as well.

Well-being takes health and wellness to a more holistic and overall life experience. Once you are healthy and content in body, mind and spirit (wellness) you begin to approach well-being. To make this move toward well-being it is important to make improvements in ALL areas of your life including:

  • Physical fitness and health through diet and exercise.
  • Mental fitness and health through positive attitude and constant learning.
  • Spiritual fitness and wellness through meditation and renewal.
  • Financial health through earning, savings and investments.
  • Career health through constant training and a variety of experience.
  • Healthy Relationships with associates, family and friends.

This holistic approach to health, wellness and eventual total well-being includes the use of natural methods of preventing illness and disease through wellness techniques rather than treating problems after they occur. Try to incorporate these physical and mental techniques in all areas of your life in your holistic approach to well-being:

  • Start by adding natural and wholesome foods to your diet (organic foods if possible).
Be consistent in your moderate but regular physical activity and exercise.
  • Drink more water and limit your alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Build and maintain healthy relationships with your friends, family and loved ones.
  • Get more sleep and frequent rest and relaxation which could include meditation.
  • Learn to manage stress to avoid stress eating and anxiety.

How will you know when your holistic health, wellness and total well-being program has been successful?
When you have achieved peace of mind and a sense of overall happiness. An individual who has truly achieved or reached a state of Well-being not only feels good but also is happy and content with their life, their accomplishments and with those around them and the world in general.