The origins of the modern concept of “Wellness” are relatively recent, dating only to the 1950’s and 60’s. (There has been some idea of wellness for centuries.) (1)
In recent years Wellness has become a concept most everybody knows about … and many practice.
In fact this month of August is National Wellness Month, a time to think about, learn, and put into action Wellness strategies.
This observance, like the Wellness concept itself, emphasizes self-care, stress management, and building routines for good health. Wellness has gained a place in Medicare (Free Annual Wellness visit!) as well as in other insurance plans, too. Walking, Yoga, Pilates, and more have become part of the wellness vocabulary.
What today’s Wellness tries to do is make healthy activities into normal activities. Please consider some of the things National Wellness Month is trying to achieve and add wellness to your life.
1. “History of Wellness,” Global Wellness Institute, GlobalWellnessInstitute.org (accessed July 3, 2019)