Often the way we interpret words changes over time and I think this is true for the term Wellness.
For some, wellness may simply mean, not begin ill or sick. Where as for another it has the meaning of the absence of pain or symptoms. Yet for others it relates to a state of optimal human expression.
If we break down these 3 versions of wellness, the absence of pain or symptoms does not automatically equal a well and healthy individual. The same can be said for not being sick or ill also. This is often a mistake we take with health and wellness, where we think the absence of pain or sickness means that all is working perfectly well within the body, this is not always the case.
When the third version is considered, it honours the feedback system that keeps an individual from living beyond their body’s limits. This version is not about pain or sickness avoidance but making regular lifestyle choices that grow you in every aspect of life.
The World Health Organisation defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
If your interpretation of wellness has been less than perusing an optimal human experience, have you been selling yourself short?