• Ciara Ungar

What Wellness Means

One of the most searched questions online is What Does Wellness Mean?


Wellness isn't just about physical health or not being sick. It's about your mental, physical and emotional state of being. Beyond your body, wellness extends into your social life, occupation, spirituality, and the environment you live in.


One of my favorite definitions of wellness comes from UC Davis: "Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life."


I love this definition because it reminds us that wellness is an active state of being - not a happenstance.


Wellness goes beyond being free from sickness. It's an ongoing and dynamic process of evolution, change and growth. When you've achieved a state of complete physical, mental and social wellness, you're not merely in the absence of disease - you're well.


It's not uncommon to encounter people in our lives who make many excuses to not pursue wellness in any one of these capacities because there's a lack of value placed in pursuing wellness oftentimes. Maintaining wellness isn't just our avenue to not feeling like we're battling a cold all the time - its actually critical to our ability to live a higher quality of life.


Wellness matters.


And it matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our being well in a reciprocal relationship to our well-being directly affecting our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle and in order to reduce stress and illness, it's important to ai to achieve optimal wellness in our lives.


At this point, you may be thinking to yourself, "how can I become well?"


One blog is definitely not enough space to cover all the ways to pursue wellness - it's an ongoing journey and seeking of information and practice. I'll dive deeper into different practices I've found to help over the years in subsequent blogs. But there are many great books out there, daily habits to get into, and ways to push our boundaries that can help support your journey. Here are just a few of my favorites to get started, all of which are linked in my Reading List on Amazon:


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