The concept of wellness is not new and, in fact, in the past few years, it has become a benchmark for marketing campaigns exploring the latest health concerns trend. Behind all the marketing fluff and campaigns, however, the real meaning of “complete wellbeing” might just have been lost in all the noise. The real idea of full wellness is more of a private matter, an assessment of all the aspects of our lives – physical, emotional, and even spiritual – which affect our wellbeing, and, in analysing them, to guide our lifestyle strategy to achieve our very own Status of Wellness. It starts from the choices we make on a daily basis and with an understanding of how the things we do every day impact our health.
Of course we cannot live in a bubble with pure filtered oxygen in a stress free, perfectly clean environment. However, what we can do is generate a sense of educated awareness, to consider everything we subject ourselves to daily, things that leave not only an environmental footprint, but also affect us internally – things that can either hasten or slow down the aging process and positively or negatively affect our health.
While marketing campaigns would have us believe that wellness is just RM10 away by consuming the right probiotic yogurt or taking the right health class, our modern lives make living a truly balanced and health-conscious life much trickier than that. Finding wellness requires a deliberate effort towards ending stress, understanding food and nutrition, sleeping properly, and nurturing emotional stability. It demands an introspective analysis and an understanding of how our physical, emotional, and even spiritual lives interrelate in this equation. There is a reason why the tag line “journey to wellness” is so broadly embraced by spas and wellness centres. It is, in fact, precisely that: a journey of learning, lifestyle choices, and some sacrifices in an aim to achieve something far more special than a flat tummy or blemish-free skin: a blueprint to preventing physical and mental damage and illnesses, thus enhancing and prolonging life.
Though some in the wellness field are preoccupied with marketing slogans, there are responsible players, too, with real stories and real foundations that have made a difference in many lives, providing healing alternatives and complementary treatments not found in conventional medicine. These companies genuinely strive to provide the best wellness services and products, curated by years of tradition, research, and experience, coupled with the latest technology.
Stick with us monthly. Swiss Wellness Center is presenting a series of short articles in upcoming issues, helping to make your journey to wellness simpler by using this health column as a vehicle to demystify the path to wellbeing and providing clear information to help you take this journey in the best possible way.
Article by SWC in The Expat magazine, Health Editorial, February 2015 Issue