“If you look at healthcare today, it’s all about disease. It’s not about understanding wellness at all.” Leroy Hood
You have all material wealth and luxuries; you are fit but yet do you feel happy? Many rich people and celebrities are falling under this category. But this feeling of lowness and unhappiness is not limited to rich and famous, it is across society.
Depression and anxiety are the widespread afflictions in the material and fast-paced society. You may be going to the gym and doing regular exercise but that is not enough for your fitness. Your fitness is a matter of your body, mind, and something more.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is defined as being “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Wellbeing is an intangible aspect of happiness that we can only feel. It is not a disease-free life but happiness induced life. You are not just disease-free but you are energetic, happy, live with a positive attitude and vibrant energy.
“For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about inner happiness and overall well-being.” Rakul Preet Singh
There are six components of overall wellbeing we should strive to achieve.
This is about adequate exercise and the right diet. Physical fitness is vital and necessary. Without this, all other possessions in life lose their charm. The body is the place we live from birth until death. Keeping it in the proper working condition is our duty.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” John F. Kennedy
This is the first of the six components of wellbeing.
Handpicked related post: When Was the Last You Took Your Body to The Garage?
This is an epidemic.
An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. The World Health Organization has predicted that by 2020, depression will be the second-leading cause of disease burden globally. Depression is set to outpace ischemic heart disease as the number one cause of disease burden worldwide by 2030.
Most of us are hollow from inside. All material luxuries and relationships do not make us happy.
“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” Noam Shpancer, PhD
Mental health has two components. An active mind and a balanced mind. You need to work on both aspects.
An active mind needs mental exercise and engaging activities.
A balanced mind needs accepting the realities of life with composure, spiritual inclination, and the ability to accept others’ points of view. Reading good books and biographies of successful and great people could be of great help.
Handpicked related post: Mental Illness – A Hidden Minefield Waiting to Explode in Every Home
“If somebody upsets you, they are in control of you.” Matt Fox, The Hitchhiker Man
How can you handle emotional ups and down? Managing emotions has become one of the key requirements for overall success. There are books written and these books have reached the top of the best-selling charts.
Your ability to handle your emotions is very important. The inability can ruin your life.
“Self-pity is spiritual suicide. It is an indefensible self-mutilation of the soul.” Anthon St. Maarten
Handpicked related post: Before it’s Too Late, What You Need to Know About Your Emotional Health?
“Empathy and social skills are social intelligence, the interpersonal part of emotional intelligence. That’s why they look alike.” Daniel Goleman
How well you interact and mingle socially is an important indicator of your wellbeing. You may be shy or introvert but you should not be a narcissist (self-absorbed).
You should be considerate about other’s feelings and empathetic about it. You should be able to listen to others’ views. You should know how to behave in a social environment.
There is a book titled Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman. An in-depth book and mandatory reading for those who wish to learn more about the subject.
“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion.” Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati.
You are a soul, not the body, this fact every religion accepts. If that is the case, what do you do to keep you fit and fine? Unless your soul i.e. the content is fit, it won’t make the container fit. Spiritual fitness is knowing, understanding, and accepting the laws governing our soul. These laws are the laws of karma.
It is also about doing things for others which makes us happy. Why many people do social work and derive happiness out of it? This is about spiritual fitness. Internal peace, satisfaction, empathy, knowing the self-different from the body all, and accepting whatever happens with calmness all these are the ingredient of spiritual fitness.
“A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful centre. It neither craves others’ approval nor rejects others’ presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.” Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion
Handpicked related posts: An Enlightening book to read If You are Spiritually Inclined
Many saints and spiritual gurus achieve their wellbeing without money. As such money is not strictly about wellbeing. Yet in society, we live a reasonable amount of money is necessary for our overall wellbeing. Lack of adequate money makes us vulnerable. It is a leakage that could drain all other aspects of wellbeing.
Focus on these six fitness and you have achieved your wellness. When you miss anyone, it will affect your wellbeing.
Handpicked related post: 24 Wealth Building Expert Quotes You Can Learn From
“Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.” Miriam Makeba
For overall wellbeing, you need to focus on each of the above components. Anything missing and you are away from Happiness. Mere going to Gym and doing physical exercise are not enough. You are much more than your physical being.
Handpicked related post: 9 Reasons You Need a Wellness Coach