What is wellness?

The term ‘wellness’ often gets thrown around. Sometimes it’s swapped out for happiness, wellbeing and quality of life. But what are we actually referring to?

According to the World Health Organisation, wellness is: “An active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life…a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Sounds pretty appealing, doesn’t it?

The secret to wellness

So, there’s no magical potion. But the good news is that achieving wellness is completely within your control. That’s because wellness is about taking responsibility for the quality of your life. Often this begins with a conscious decision to create a healthy lifestyle or a wellness mindset.

Your optimal wellness will be different to the person next to you. It depends on your needs, health, experiences, personality and environment. And it can change with the ebbs and flows of daily life.

Yet one thing remains constant – wellness is making active choices to improve your wellbeing.

Why workplace wellness matters

Most of us spend 40 or more hours per week at work. That’s a lot of time. And with more and more people suffering ill-effects from overly sedentary lives, it’s time to make some changes.

That’s why many companies are turning to workplace wellness programs to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Research shows that making change is often difficult. If you’ve ever been stuck in the endless ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ cycle, you’ll know what we mean. Wellness programs provide support for individuals to take action in improving their health behaviours. And this leads to better wellbeing.

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