Is Wellness Really Elusive ?

Many years ago, an ambitious young businessman with diabetes , high blood pressure and high cholesterol bounded into my clinic with restless energy. I told him to exercise , eat sensidiy and keep regular nours. empnasizing that we need to take care of the body as its the only one place we have to live in. He sad he had no time for that he was busy ‘building an empire’.
I suggested, “Excercise is the king, nutrition is the queen, and peace is the throne. Put them together and you’ve got your Kingdom.

The young man merely scoffed at this ‘old-fashioned suggestion’ and trotted out. Time flew by. A decade later his secretary requested me to see him in his house. I was stunned. He was in a lousy condition, bent and grey with a terrible complexion. He had paralysis and was breathless because of heart ailment. Sighing with deep sorrow, he conceded he had made a mistake. He said, “Doctor, I was obsessed with my career and making it big. Materialistic things were my obsession. Now I realize that I can’t eat or drink money. can neither travel because of my health problem nor can I wear good clothes because of my gross obesity. The worst thing is that since I had no time for my family, they have abandoned me. I live all alone in this huge bungalow with my servants.” With a bitter smile he declared, “I wasted my health in earning money and now I’m wasting money in earning health. I was a failure then and am failing now.

Unfortunately this is a very common situation nowadays. As human beings, we are on this planet for a limited few years — are we making the most of it? Do we focus on being happy? Do we aim at improving ourselves and our surroundings? Are we creating beautiful moments today so that we may invest them in the bank of universe for superb returns in the future? After all, what is life all about? And finally, the million-dollar questions: Are we in a state of wellness? Are we healthy?

WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. According to Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu, “Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit.” J. Stanford says, “Health is a state of body, wellness is a state of being.” Unfortunately, in 2021, we find neither health nor wellness in most human beings.
Our body is the garden, and our willpower the gardener. Sowing the seeds of happiness and peace, and spraying it with proactive spirit, eliminates the germs of anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame and worry. Only then can there be a bumper crop of prosperity.

Here are some important steps for wellness:

Wellness is an intervention that promotes healthy lifestyle and prevents diseases. Physical and mental well-being in children comes from healthy practices like physical activity, vaccination against diseases, proper nutrition and a healthy social environment.

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