This article is going to answer the question, what is the difference between health and wellness?
Health and Wellness are two similar words but with their own unique meanings. Most times, health is confused with wellness and the same goes with wellness been confused with health.
Let’s look at some of the differences between health and wellness.
What is the Difference Between Health and Wellness?
Before we go on to differentiate between the two, let’s define both of them to stimulate a quick understanding of their differences.
What is Health?
Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity – Definition by World Health Organization (WHO).
There are ways good health can be maintained and they are:
- Good diet
- Physical exercise
- Good sleep
- Self-care strategies, etc.
Now let’s take a quick break and look at the meaning of fitness.
What is Wellness?
Fitness is a term generally used to mean a state beyond absence of illness but rather aims to optimize well-being – Definition by Wikipedia.
There are ways to improve wellness and these ways includes:
- Getting regular exercise
- Daily Meditation
- Sleeping better
- Drinking plenty water
- Engaging in fun lighthearted activities with friends, etc.
Differences between Health and Wellness from their Definition
From their definition, Health simply means the state of being physically and mentally free from diseases.
Meanwhile, Wellness simply means an overall balance of one’s emotional, social, occupational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, environmental well-being.
Both health and wellness are not a feat one can achieve. It involves a constant practice of keeping all the aforementioned aspects of human well-being in check.
It demands optimum consciousness of what one takes in, the activities one engages in, the kind of thoughts that goes through ones mind, the type of food one takes in, the environment one lives in, and a lot more.
To maintain good health and wellness, you need to ensure balance and strive always not to overdo certain things like sleeping, smoking, eating, working, playing, etc.
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