what is wellness and how it affects wellbeing
The term wellness has become well used and known in recent years as more people have taken to looking for ways to support their own health. Wellness retreats and wellness centres have increased in popularity, and awareness around nurturing oneself and self-care has grown.
However, as much as the term has been used, what does wellness actually mean? It’s often used interchangeably with wellbeing, another term often referenced when speaking about one’s personal health and inner harmony. Let’s uncover what wellness is and how it affects your overall wellbeing.
the difference between wellness and wellbeing
So, are wellness and wellbeing the same? The answer in short is no. Although they both relate to the overall health of an individual and are both beneficial in living a fulfilled life, they have differing meanings.
Wellness refers to the choices, rituals, products and services that you use day-to-day, that essentially allow you to feel well. They are deliberate behaviours and practices that enhance and maintain good health. In particular, they enable us to enrich our minds, energise our bodies, care for our skin and recognise our inner strength.
Wellbeing on the other hand, is a term that describes the results achieved through, and reward of daily practice. It’s much broader and is based on the factors that influence one's sense of fulfilment and happiness in their life - particularly through the rituals you mindfully embrace and your positive intentions made real.
how do wellness and wellbeing work together?
By engaging in wellness practices, individuals can positively impact their own wellbeing. It’s these deliberate behaviours and mindful rituals that contribute to how you feel not just day-to-day, but in the long run as well. They influence your journey to a greater sense of wellbeing, allowing you to feel your most fulfilled.
There are many sub categories to the broader term of wellness, with the main wellness categories you may consider nurturing including physical, social, emotional, financial, sexual and spiritual.
When feeling physically well you’ll likely notice increased energy levels, improved strength, quality sleep, better mental clarity and focus, as well as a greater increase in the overall healthy functioning of your body.
Caring for your physical wellbeing, both internally and externally, such as through maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet, proper sleep hygiene and regular physical activity can positively impact your physical wellness.
ideas to care for your physical wellbeing
- Get your endorphins high and move your body at a pace that suits you by walking, running, swimming, cycling, dancing, lifting weights, doing a workout, a pilates class or moving through a yoga flow.
- Eat your way to a more resilient immune system by incorporating vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into your diet.
- Nourish the skin across your face and body with skincare and body care to deliver your best feeling complexion.
Feeling connected to others and fostering fulfilling, supportive relationships with your social network will see a positive impact on your social wellness. And by investing in and prioritising these relationships, you can feel a better sense of belonging overall.
ideas to care for your social wellbeing
- Gather your loved one/s and share conversation over a meal or cook together. All you need to do is pick the recipe you’re going to make!
- Connecting with your loved ones through quality time not only fills up your social cup, but it fills their social cup up too. Actively listening and communicating can make a great difference to feeling socially fulfilled.
- Another important part of social wellness is understanding your social bandwidth or social battery. Particularly thanks to technology, lower impact socialising, such as sending a text, sharing a phone call or voice note, or something that reminds you of the person, allows you to stay connected while ensuring your own social battery isn’t running low. It can feel good to stay in touch, even when you can’t physically be with your loved one.
Being able to recognise, understand and effectively manage how you’re feeling shows a level of emotional wellness. This is particularly helpful when managing stressful situations and developing an awareness of emotional triggers. Feeling emotionally well can also mean a better quality sleep at night.
ideas to care for your emotional wellbeing
- Book in a massage in spa, as massage and touch have been shown to relax not only your body and mind, but also lower your cortisol levels and blood pressure.
- Breathe, listen and relax. By listening to meditation or sound healing you can help to better focus and calm your mind.
- Aromatherapy has many mood-boosting benefits, which can be enjoyed while also helping shift your mood. You can do this by diffusing essential oil with a diffuser or rolling onto your pressure points (such as your wrists).
Nurturing a positive relationship with money and developing a greater understanding of not only your own finances, but the financial climate and measures you can take to nurture your own assets, can help you feel more self-assured and in control.
Sometimes a little bit of pre planning can save you a lot in the long run too.
ideas to care for your financial wellbeing
- Eating out can be a great way to connect socially and save time cooking, but it is not always affordable. When we’re busy, pre-planning and prepping meals is a great way to ensure you’re only purchasing the food that you need for the entire week. Find some recipes you enjoy and plan ahead before your week starts.
- Thanks to many third party affiliate sites that offer discount vouchers, you can be savvy and save when shopping. Do your research and these discounts can include saving when filling up your car with petrol or purchasing that item you’ve had your eye on.
- Shopping in bulk when items are on sale is a way to save in the long run. This also extends to purchasing items with a larger quantity, providing better value for money as a longer term investment. Many items now come as refills that are designed to fill up their smaller sized versions or are available to purchase in a bulk size, including this much-loved endota cleanser. And of course, this practice helps care for the environment as well as your wellbeing.
Connecting to and being aware of your own pleasure is a powerful thing, not only boosting your endorphins and self-confidence, it can also make you feel more connected to yourself and more comfortable to connect with others too.
And while sexual pleasure is a core part of sexual wellness, other forms of intimacy like time together, conversation, and other forms of touch, with a partner or self can deepen connections, and in turn enhance pleasure and overall sexual wellness too.
ideas to care for your sexual wellbeing
- Awaken your kundalini energy with kundalini yoga. This practice can allow you to better connect to your sexuality as it focuses on your sacral chakra, known for driving pleasure and need for connection.
- Try incorporating intimate devices when pleasuring self or others. With many differing shapes and styles, they are a great addition to add another dimension to your sexual wellness.
- Understand yours and your loved ones’ love language to connect on a deeper, more intimate level.
Developing a connection to yourself and the energy of all life sources can allow you to nurture your beliefs, values and sense of purpose, while appreciating that of others. It can also foster an inner harmony, peace and balance to achieve a greater sense of calm.
ideas to care for your spiritual wellbeing
- Take off your shoes and walk barefoot through nature, noticing the connection between yourself and Earth’s vibrations. Earthing can be done anywhere at any time — including in water or on sand, grass or soil.
- Reciting affirmations is a powerful way to shift your energy, thoughts and feelings, and better connect to yourself. A good idea to integrate affirmations into your life is when applying your daily skincare, taking the time for self-care and to nourish yourself holistically.
- Connect to your qi and let it flow more freely with the ancient practice and healing art of Qi Gong.
the importance of balanced wellness
Feeling well is all about nurturing a balance between all aspects of your wellbeing. By understanding this, you can recognise the connection between different wellness aspects of your life. For example, if you are feeling tired, a correlation to your physical wellness, you may be less inclined to meet your friends for a catch up, impacting your social wellness. Or maybe your stress levels are high, a sign of lowered emotional wellness, so your ability to connect to pleasure through sexual wellness may be impacted.
But wellness is not about work or trying to tick off every box. It is about understanding and connecting to your needs and prioritising the things that contribute to your journey towards a greater sense of wellbeing. It’s about small rituals and practices that you can incorporate into your every day.
To read more about nurturing your wellness through regular self-care, read our blog.