We often think that wellness refers solely to the state of a person’s physical health.  When we say that we are well, we really mean that we have a healthy body and that we not suffering from any form of disease or physical discomfort.

But contrary to our usual belief, wellness refers not just to our sense of physical well-being because it also entails good mental, emotional and spiritual health.  It is a state of health where the optimum balance between our internal and external environments is achieved.

There are actually six aspects of wellness that that we need to take good care of.  These are:

1. Physical Health

Physical health refers to the condition of our bodies.  The way to achieve good physical health includes proper nutrition, exercise, and avoidance of self-destructive habits like smoking, drinking alcohol and drug abuse.  It also involves regular physical checkup to ensure to make sure that all the systems of your body are in top shape and functioning normally.

2. Emotional Health

Emotional health refers to the way you feel about yourself and the people around you.  It includes your awareness and acceptance of your own weaknesses and limitations.  It also encompasses your ability to establish healthy relationships with other people, maintain sound reasoning and to manage our emotions such as anger, frustrations and sadness.

3. Spiritual Health

Spiritual health refers to knowing that life has meaning and purpose.  It usually points to ways how life should be lived taking into consideration our relationship with our creator, our fellow men and other creatures.

3. Social Health

Social health refers to a person’s well-being concerning his relationship with other people.

A socially healthy person can relate well with other people from different walks of life.  He is compassionate and he can blend well with others and communicate well with them.

4. Environmental Health

Environmental health refers to the condition of this planet, especially the place that where you live.  The condition of the environment affects the life of its inhabitants.

We should help to keep our environment healthy.  Some of the ways to do it include avoiding plastic, recycling, and planting trees.

When you help to keep your environment healthy, you are also protecting your self from potential diseases.

5. Intellectual Health

Intellectual health refers to your mental well-being.  It is a condition of having a sound mind that continues to learn, to solve problems and to work continuously in order to be useful to society and to the world that we live in.