The Difference between Health and Wellness


As I was looking over some notes today, I began to ponder this whole concept of health and wellness. I began to ask myself some questions to make sure that my understanding was accurate and that I fully understood, in my mind, what health and wellness meant to me and how did I define it. Health, to me, is really another word for wholeness in that it focus on, not only the physical health, but how a person is, yes, physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and socially. So you can see why I say health is really another word for wholeness. It looks at how one is doing overall but at the same time if you wanted to break it down a bit further, health looks at “diseases, genetics, and illness, or lack of diseases.”


Wellness on the other hand, has been defined as a “living lifestyle” (better choices, walking in integrity, am I keeping my word to myself which will help me to achieve my full potential? Wellness unfolds as I do life. It’s a regular checking in with myself to make sure I'm headed in the right direction.


Wellness allows me to get to the root of the problem or issue. It helps me to ask some tough questions honestly and openingly, and it enables me to identify my triggers or sabotagers before I act on them so they don’t take me off course. Wellness involves preempting a strike so to speak. It helps me to anticipate, survey the scenarios and implement the best plan or make the best choice that will take me towards my goals.