The terms health and wellness are often used interchangeably. They are, however, slightly different concepts. Understanding the differences can help you achieve the optimal level of both.
The team at the BioMed Center New England in Providence, RI, can provide you with the holistic treatments, products, and knowledge to help you attain peak health and peak wellness.
Wellness Leads to Health
Health can be described as a state of physical, mental, and social well-being. Wellness can be described as having achieved an optimum level of health. Put another way, health is the goal, while wellness is the means for achieving it.
Though health issues are sometimes forced upon an individual, wellness, for most of us, is within our control. Health cannot always be attained, but by engaging in healthy habits and taking proactive steps, wellness can be.
How is health jeopardized?
Some risk factors that jeopardize health include:
- Harmful habits. The use of tobacco products, excessive intake of alcohol, and use or abuse of illicit drugs are habits that risk an individual’s health.
- Extreme activity/sports. Practicing extreme physical activity can result in harm to the body such as broken bones.
- Poor diet. Unhealthy habits such as eating foods that are high in fat and sugar content can adversely impact health.
- Sedentary lifestyle. Not getting enough exercise can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These conditions can, in turn, lead to more serious diseases like diabetes and even cancer.
Four Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness, on the other hand, has many dimensions. The following are examples of four of them:
- Physical. Physical wellness increases physical health. By practicing positive wellness habits an individual can improve his ability to prevent illness and disease. Positive physical wellness habits include being active, getting plenty of exercises, getting outdoors, concentrating on nutrition and eating a balanced diet, and getting adequate levels of sleep.
- Mental. Mental wellness requires mental exercise just as physical wellness requires physical exercise. Keeping one’s mind sharp through problem-solving, the learning of new things, and engaging in creative activities, can ensure strong mental abilities that will help keep mental health problems at bay.
- Social. Maintaining social wellness means maintaining positive social circles and support networks. Establishing and maintaining positive relationships, with family, friends, and coworkers, helps to contribute to wellness and keeps an individual happy and healthy.
- Spiritual. Spiritual wellness means practicing compassion, caring, forgiveness, and maintaining a life with purpose. This can be accomplished through mediation, charity work, and prayer.
Patients who proactively pursue wellness maximize their overall wellbeing. They adopt lifestyles that improve health, prevent disease, and have a sense of purpose. Wellness is a means to achieving positive health.
Life is full of stress. Can stress affect health? Yes. It can affect physical, mental, and social health. Can it affect wellness? Yes, but only to an extent. Outside negative influences can affect one’s mood or perspective but the difference is, with wellness it is always a matter of choice.
Every day presents choices as to how we can do what’s best to sustain physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Optimum health is a derivative of optimum wellness.
Let the BioMed Center Help You Live Your Best Life
The staff at the Biomed Center New England is prepared to help you achieve that optimal level of wellness and help you begin the habits that will enable you to achieve it. Call (401) 443-4007 or make an appointment online today for a free consultation.