What is Wellness?

The World Health Organisation defines wellness as; “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

At Wellschool, we simplify this:

“Becoming aware, making choices and changing towards a healthy, fulfilled life.”

The Wellness Problem

Here is a great visual representation of the illness – wellness continuum – which helps to explain why so many of us are unwell.

Illness-WellnessContinuum

Wellness vs. Treatment Paradigms (Travis, J.W., 2004)

Our current health care systems aim to treat illness to get us back to the neutral point indicated on the diagram above. We wait until we’re unwell, then go to our GP, they diagnose our ill, and then maybe prescribe us a pill, or perhaps refer us to a psychologist or a specialist. It is a treatment based approach, meaning it is responsive to illness, with few opportunities for illness prevention or achieving a higher level of wellness.

The Wellschool Solution

Here at Wellschool, we use a number of Wellness coaching techniques to help people understand their current wellness habits, and help them achieve greater wellness. We break the idea of wellness down into two simple steps:

KNOWING: Step one is learning and becoming aware about our unique body and mind; how they work, what makes them work better and worse. We become self-aware of our own strengths and challenges so we can know what choices can increase our well-being.

DOING: Step two is turning awareness into action. Committing to choices that move us towards better health.

We want to use our knowledge and wellness skills to benefit teenagers, young adults and adults alike. We also aim to empower parents and educators with these skills, so they in turn can use wellness techniques to benefit their family and pupils. Check out the different drop down menus for more information on the courses we provide and to discover some great free-to-use resources from around the web.