Life has a style that presents your living environment but also personal behaviour, values and preferences. Lifestyle usually mirrors the habits of our parents and early childhood but also our personal choices as a responsible adult. Awareness of our own responsibility taking care of our health, may influence our style of living.
Wellness can be seen as a movement towards overall well-being, balance and satisfaction in life. Wellness can be found in choices we make every day, in joy of active participation in life and positive thinking.
Wellness is multidimensional reaching many different aspects in our lives and around us, it connects these aspects to each other and builds a solid base for a balanced life. Physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, intellectual and many more dimensions of wellness play important roles in our lives. In order to reach balance and satisfaction, we need to take good care of each of those dimensions: today and tomorrow; regularly, with full awareness and responsibility. Wellness is about a healthy lifestyle.
The wellness concept has gained a new boost in the 21st century and has become one of the most important lifestyle influencers of today. Interestingly however, wellness principles are taken over from ancient universal wisdom of human culture. We can recognise basic wellness ideas in Ayurveda - an ancient holistic healing system of India's Vedas culture; in the jin and yang concept, the central idea in Traditional Chinese Medicine; in the advice of Hippocrates, who was the most significant physician of antique Greek medicine; in the leading ideas of Nature Cure. These sources of wisdom promote healthy lifestyle as one of the most important means preventing illnesses. And yes, the basics of wellness have always been about maintaining a good health. What were actually those ancient wellness ideas?
Firstly healthy and balanced nutrition and regular physical training followed by a good sleep. Important was also regular practice of water treatments, breathing exercises and skin care. We must admit that these basics are well known ideas; probably the best advices for a healthy lifestyle.
20th century took wellness ideas to a new level, a whole industry started and developed into a global business, reaching now almost every aspect of our lives. Wellness has become a powerful alternative to conventional medicine and prevention is the highlight of the new, 21st century. Instead of treating illnesses we do our best to prevent them. Taking the responsibility for our own health means healthy decisions, it means wellness lifestyle.
Wellness dimensions are like colours in the rainbow: each of them can be noticed and separated from each other but they depend on each other, influence each other and work together. WellStyle presents a short description of the main seven wellness dimensions. Scholars haven't agreed on their exact number, but that only supports the conclusion that the human being is a complex phenomenon and it takes a lot of knowledge to meet all his needs. A complicating factor is that each individual has different values and subjective views to quality of life. Therefore wellness services should be personal and complex.