Wellness - just a buzzword?
If after a stressful day in the office you put your legs up and do nothing, go for a long walk in the woods with friends, listen to Mozart sounds in the evening or let yourself be pampered with Ayurveda massages - all this is wellness. Wellness means escaping stress and everyday life, gathering new energy, pampering yourself and recharging the batteries.
Take your time for the beautiful things of life and caress your body, mind and soul with pleasure. Are you sighing longingly? Then the time is ripe for wellness!
The term wellness is made up of the words well-being and fitness. The dictionary says so: Wellness is a sense of well-being achieved through light physical activity. The origin of the wellness movement lies in the USA. In the 1970s, scientists there pursued the goal of reducing health insurance costs. The experts recognized that health is not only the absence of illness, but that it is also determined holistically by mental, mental and social well-being. Today wellness means physical fitness, mental mobility, mental resilience and a positive attitude to life. However, the term is increasingly being extended to other areas as well: We read about wellness food and wellness drinks, wellness in care and cosmetics, wellness through exercise, relaxation methods and wellness with the help of psycho tricks.
Wellness has become a social mega-trend. It has found its way into our everyday language, determines our leisure time, our diet and our shopping habits. Industry has also discovered the magic word of well-being. Wellness teas, wellness holidays, wellness shower baths and wellness creams - everywhere, the offerings are mushrooming everywhere.
It is often difficult to judge: Is there really something true about the promises? Or should an outdated shelfkeeper just be given a new sales spurt?
Why do so many people react to this dazzling term? What's behind it?
Wellness offers hit the nerve of the times, they promise to satisfy our needs.
Rest and relaxation: We live in a hectic, fast-moving world, constant stimuli flood our brain. No wonder that we are looking for oases of peace and relaxation and a world of pampering for our soul and senses.
Quality of life: Wellness is nowadays synonymous with quality of life. It's all about taking care of yourself, doing something good for yourself - according to the motto:"I'll treat myself to that...!"
Balance and harmony: For many people today it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the right balance - the balance of work and life, tension and relaxation. Wellness offers are designed to balance these poles and thus satisfy our need for inner harmony.
Energy: Energy has become an important buzzword. We want more energy, more energy for work, active leisure activities and for family or friends, for ourselves. Wellness tips and tricks that show us how to increase vital energy or get blocked energies to flow again are booming.
And what is really true about the promises of inner harmony, joie de vivre and good mood? The fact is that gentle exercise helps to reduce stress and has a positive effect on our well-being. It is certain that healthy and wholesome food promotes health and keeps us fit. It is also clear that a healthy work/relaxation ratio is important for staying healthy in the long run.
Wellness is a highly individual matter. Needs change according to the stage and situation of life. Go on the search for your very own personal wellness oasis. Treat yourself to a rest after a strenuous working day, a pampering programme for your body after a stressful time or a gentle endurance workout when your muscles are completely tense. Then wellness is not a buzzword, but active health promotion.
Updated August 16 to August 31,2003 updated on 8.3.2011
Landeszentrale fuer Gesundheitsfoerderung in Rheinland-Pfalz (LZG) Germany
Editorial office: Birgit Kahl