Welcome to a post that I hope will be a weekly regular on my blog. I'm dedicated in my counseling practice, as well as in my personal life, to help others increase their overall levels of health and wellness. I introduced the idea of wellness on my blog in December 2010, before most (if not all!) of you were reading. So, before going any further, you may want to check out my introduction to wellness here. This will summarize everything clearly (I hope).
The basic idea of wellness is this:
Wellness is often viewed as the absence of pathology or identified disease. For example, there's no depression, anxiety, cardiac problem, etc... so I must be a healthy individual.
THIS IS NOT WELLNESS! The absence of pathology is more like just being neutral- nothing really positive, and nothing really negative. Neutrality does not equal health! So if the absence of disease isn't wellness, then what is?
Wellness, therefore, is not the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive that indicates health and wellness. Let me repeat myself again, because this is crucial to understand! Wellness is the presence of positive components in life!
This, then, leads to a few potential questions: What are these components that play into wellness? How do I get to a point of being "well"? Does wellness just involve the mental and the physical?
I hope that through these Wellness Wednesday posts, I can not only address these questions, but give information about each of these components of wellness, give practical advice on how to attain health, and share personal stories of health and wellness.
I'll leave it at that for this week, to give you a little time to wrestle with the idea of health not just being the absence of the negative, but instead presence of the positive.
What I'd like to know from you:
How do you define wellness? What are the different components or factors in wellness (like nutrition, for example)?