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Defining Health and Well-being

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Defining Health and Well-Being Health and Well-being: The Meanings Dictionary definitions: 'Health is having or indicating good health in both body and mind; being free from infirmity or disease.' 'Well-being is a contented state of being happy, healthy and prosperous.' When looking in the dictionary, the definition of both health and well-being are very basic. In this first section, I will be discussing the full meaning of health and the relation it shares to the word well-being. Although similar, there are many differences between the two and how they are applied to an individual. Health is used in many scenarios to describe a person's physical state. However, health is much more than just the appearance of any one being. When using the term health, we are talking about the entire person; in other words, we are taking a Holistic view. Holistic health is described as being either positive or negative. Positive being good, and negative being bad. When looking at someone holistically, we are not just focusing on illness, or specific parts of the body. Holistic health is an approach to a person's lifestyle, and considers the whole person. When taking this approach, we centre on four main aspects: * Physical Health - The physical aspect includes how a person appears, how well their body is functioning and how well they take care of themselves. ...read more.


Our social health is based around our friendships and the bonds we share with other people. Having good communication skills and being confident enough to socialise with others ensures we make friends and keep them. However, some people find it difficult to talk to others and are often left isolated because of this. This is often the main cause of poor social health. A person's well-being is extremely important. It is the well-being of a person that lets us know how they feel. Well-being, unlike health, is something we may not necessarily be able to see. A person can tell you that they feel unwell or run down, but they may appear fine to us. An individual's well-being describes they way they feel on any particular occasion and so relates to all aspects of holistic health. For example, we may not be able to notice that somebody is having difficulty with their school work, but they feel under strain because of it. This links to a person's intellectual health, as it may be affected. To remain in full health, we must have positive health in all four aspects. If you are in good shape, have good friendships, but are depressed, this is still seen as having poor health/well-being. ...read more.


When someone is upset, they do not concentrate on tasks set for them and tend to worry about their problems. This can also cause a person to isolate themselves and for them to stop communicating with other people. It is strange how a person's emotions can affect their entire health, so it is important that we maintain a happy lifestyle and have good friendships so we can be comforted when we are down. Positive social health can be maintained by having a group of different friends that we can talk to about different things. If we are unable to have friendships, we may become lonely which can also lead to depression. Having a close bond with family members, and having people we can talk to about things that may be bothering us is very important. It is also important that we continue socialising even when we have friends already so that we can meet new people and form other friendships. Having leisure time where we can socialise is a necessity. We should all be able to go out and enjoy ourselves, as this can alter our ego in a good way. Holistic health supports reaching a higher level of wellness as well as preventing illness. Many people enjoy the well-being that results from their positive lifestyle changes and are motivated to continue this process throughout their lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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