What is health and wellness? Wellness is more about one’s attitude towards life. It is a positive approach to living; a mental attitude of goals towards a healthier lifestyle. Health as defined by the World Health Organization as “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health and wellness are different but you can’t be healthy & happy without both health and wellness. Health and wellness work together.
How health & wellness is sought after by each individual varies widely. It’s hard to keep up with what’s a ‘new’ or ‘ancient’ practice. Being in the health & wellness industry, I see a wide range of what I call ‘strange’ practices. As is with the diet spectrum, false claims prey on a person’s desperation & vulnerability. There are many ways in which wellness is promoted these days. I am not naming any specifics. People need to be aware of when they are being taken advantage of. You possibly believe in some of this ‘strange’ stuff & that’s fine if you know what you’re getting into (if you really do). But those who claim that if something feels good it must be good for you… think about that.
Here’s an example of feeling good or getting relief for a brief period of time… have you ever felt so itchy you wanted to set yourself on fire? Probably not, but that is an example of an extreme situation. What if the itchy person did set themselves on fire or got someone else to set them on fire for that temporary relief? What might the end result be? Serious burns at least, that will leave permanent scarring and at the most, death.
Is temporary relief worth the possible consequences? The consequences might not be revealed immediately either such as the case with setting oneself on fire. The repercussions may not be realized for an extended period of time. There is no silver bullet for what you may be dealing with in your daily life. Maybe you feel better for a short while after a procedure of some kind, but did it cure you? Acute conditions or injuries may be healed with proper care, without going to extreme measures.
Health & wellness includes physical, mental & spiritual aspects. There are other factors included such as social, environmental etc.
When a diagnostic or therapeutic method seems ‘strange’ or mysterious, we need to pay attention. Can the one promoting such claims explain them thoroughly & satisfactorily about how it works? Is it in agreement with known facts, and do several qualified people view it as reliable? Or is the main appeal to the emotions? Claims may be that it was discovered in remote, distant lands, hidden from modern research. Do such claims prove anything or even seem reasonable? And why are secrets involved?
If self-proclaimed healers etc. could really heal, then we wouldn’t have all the issues with health & wellness that we do have. Even these ‘healers’ are sick both physically & emotionally. Why would you trust them to heal you if they can’t heal themselves, their families or friends? And you’re lining their pockets on top of it!
So if you’re looking for that quick fix or some mysterious healing (or setting yourself on fire), do yourself a favor by keeping things simple (remember that simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy) & without negative consequences. These ‘strange’ practices may prove more harmful than helpful.
Being well & healthy as one can be in most cases includes simple strategies such as getting enough sleep& adequate rest, drinking enough water, exercise/movement/activities regularly throughout the day, proper nutrition & for those with medical conditions, it may include necessary medications among other things such as physical therapy (which can usually be included in exercise/movement). Helping others & spending time with people who are supportive, encouraging, have similar interests & care about you will go a long way towards a persons over all well being.
Practice makes Permanent. Move more to feel better.
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