Fitness, Health, Happiness Whole body wellness

The Monkey

What really is health? How do you define yourself as fit? And what is really being happy? Maybe they are one and the same thing. By definition - We can say that all are an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

And all three can be defined as ‘wellness’.

"a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential." - The National Wellness Institute

"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - The World Health Organization

It is critical to maintaining an optimal level of wellness to live a satisfactory life. Our happiness matters. It is the driving force of every energy we possess and the efficiency of putting it to use because every emotion we feel and everything we do relates to our mental health and well-being. Vice-versa our emotions and actions are directly affected by our well-being.

Therefore in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness.

In today’s world being happy is about maintaining a balance on the different aspects which control our life and our mental state, both consciously and subconsciously. There are about four different dimensions that control this balance and for each person, the intensity of the effects of these dimensions vary. But every dimension of wellness is interrelated with one and other and can be the reason for pushing you higher or pulling you down in either of them. Reaching an optimal level of wellness is possible by maintaining and optimizing each of the following dimensions of wellness, to the level necessary based on how we are mentally and physically aligned to the world around us. – emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual.

Emotional - relates to understanding our feelings, and what mentally works for us and what doesn’t. It also relates to how we understand our experiences and figure out a way to grow through them. This is the most important tool we have to fuel and also the toughest to master cause it requires involvement and at the same time, detachment too.

We must be capable of looking into our issues from the heart and yet make decisions being detached personally.

Intellectual - relates to us understanding the changes in the environment and people around us and having an open mind when we encounter new ideas and pursue expanding our knowledge.

Our intellect is what collects data as what it should be from whatever our brain encounters and putting it forward in the most structured way for us to analyse.

Physical - relates to maintaining a healthy body that manages and maintains our state of health and happiness. Having enough sleep, fuelling the body with the right food and making sure we are physically active ensures that our body has the best chance to keep itself in a good state to serve its purpose.

Spiritual – It’s always important to know why. Why do we take certain decisions and why we don’t? What is the reason for our bigger purpose?. It is not about religion, it is more about self-realization. More importantly, it means that you trust your instinct and would be able to make decisions you would live by and not regret at a later point in life

“A healthy outside starts from the inside”

And the most important thing of all, we are responsible for our wellness more than anything and anyone else, cause no matter what external circumstances we face, we have more things we can control than we can’t. All it matters - is how we look at them.

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