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What does wellness really mean?

Wellness means different things to different people. For those who hear the term, many consider it to
be limited to the realm of health; which, of course, is something everyone wants.

The term actually means much more than that. Generally it refers to having a balance that is healthy in
the realms of the mind, body, and the spirit. This places the focus on the entire human being, rather
than limiting it just to the physical. After all, a person could be healthy in body, but mentally or
emotionally. Instead of seeking for a healthy body alone, the person who wants true wellness, needs to
seek to create health in all three areas. Many authorities on wellness say that there are six areas of
wellness that affect each human being. This includes developing wellness in the areas of the physical,
social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and occupational.

In order to develop wellness, there needs to be a deliberate effort to create the balance. The individual
seeking true wellness needs to be self-directed and make a conscious effort toward the fulfilling and
balance in each of these six areas. Efforts need to be made in the growth of the person in all areas,
including physical activity, diet, self-esteem and self-control, self-care, overcoming difficulties and
setbacks, and learning to create joy and satisfaction.

Many of us never stop to think about our health until something goes awry. We assume that just
because we don’t have a disease or an ailment that requires immediate attention, we are “healthy.”
This strategy can be costly—not just in terms of money, but in how it prevents us from optimizing our
physical and emotional health, which can set the stage for complications and the onset of chronic
conditions down the road.

It’s easy to cancel or postpone a medical appointment when you feel fine, but preventive medicine
could really save your life. A routine test may catch disease in its early stages, while a check-up may
alert you to conditions you didn’t know you had. Call our doctor to schedule your annual physical and
make sure you’re up-to-date on your screenings.

Don’t wait until it’s too late and start taking care of your health now.

We are here to help!

References:

1. https://www.thejoint.com/minnesota/eagan/eagan-32006/what-does-wellness-really-mean
2. https://www.canyonranch.com/blog/health/what-does-wellness-really-mean/

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