The wellness experience

The wellness experience

Washing hands with soap and water is important for one’s physical health

There are thousands of diet plans and some people change them almost as often as they change their underwear and pills to be swallowed in a bid to fast-track the wellness dream.

The plastic surgeon’s blade and even prayers have all been called upon to perform miraculous acts. Is there a single path to achieving well­ness or has man found that wonder pill yet?

Is the result of an annual medical examination all that is needed to determine how well one is? Can you have great reviews in the clinic yet feel tired and unhappy? Does wellness obey the all or none law or is it a whole spectrum where majority of us fall within?

Wellness involves at least six areas or pillars that we need to balance since they all work together to make us the best versions of ourselves.

When we fall short in any one of them, it may have consequences in other areas but we do not need to be perfect in any area; balance is all that is needed.

Sleep helps keep one's mental  health in great shape
Sleep helps keep one’s mental health in great shape

The era of lockdown for instance brought to the fore the importance of Social Wellness; many of us felt iso­lated when we had to avoid our work colleagues for weeks on end. Even the output of some of us dipped. Oh, you surely are not alone.

Even people you detested meeting in the office you now longed to spend time with. Breathe a sigh of relief; that feeling is normal, nothing untow­ard is happening to you.

The majority of us humans are social beings and we blossom when sur­rounded by family and friends and hugs and handshakes are the norm.

The Six Pillars of Wellness.







Physical Wellness

Are you taking proper care of your body? Do you exercise, eat right and get your regular medical examina­tions?

Avoid awkward postures like sitting slouched forwards or bending at the waist to pick an object. Surely you are washing your hands regu­larly with soap and water. Have you noticed the loud silence from cholera this year?

Mental Wellness

The way you think, act or feel falls into this category but it is defi­nitely not an island on its own. Your physical well-being and all the others impact on your mental health.

Time to relax, sleep, manage your time, enjoy nature and be kind to others. These together with deep breathing and laughter, go a long way to keep your mental health in great shape.

Social Wellness

The relationships we have and the way we interact with others. Your mental and physical health all impact on your relationships.

When you exude happiness, peo­ple give it right back to you. Build strong relationships; just a few trust­worthy people who you can share your challenges with will go a long way to stabilise your mental health and pave the way for all others to flow.

When you feel unduly stressed do you have anyone you can speak to before getting professional help? Do not be a loner.

Financial Wellness

How secured is your money? Are we prepared for emergencies in an uncertain future? We need baseline financial secu­rity to be able to get all the other pillars working seamlessly.

How can you eat well or get medical examinations done with no financial backing? Finances tend to be one of the greatest stressors in life. Do not ignore the need for financial stability, you need it more than you can imagine. Speak to someone who can assist you plan your future today.

Digital Wellness

What measures are you taking that aims at regulating and improv­ing healthy use of technology? If you set virtual meetings, training pro­grammes etc. all day because you are working from home, then when do you get to rest your mind, eyes and back from prolonged sitting among many others? One thing will lead to another. Many of us can hardly unplug. Our phones are on 24/7 and we think sleep is a luxury. No! In­adequate sleep will open the flood­gates to a tonne of health challenges including stress, overeating, alcohol abuse, fatigue and even accidents from fatigue.

Get sleep; it is a lifeline!

Spiritual Wellness

Are you connected to a greater being who provides us with a sense of purpose, values, principles, morals and beliefs among many others?

If you asked for my opinion, I rec­ommend God. Speak to him daily (prayer) and he will set you on the right path.

In all things do not specialise in one or a few of these pillars of well­ness. We should all aim at getting a fair balance in each area and we can be the very best of ourselves. Now do not put unnecessary pressure on yourself; everyone has challenges but taking one step at a time and always remembering that we need different aspects to make life the best that it can be.


Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel

Health Essentials Ltd/Mobissel


*Dr. Essel is a medical doctor with a keen interest in Lifestyle medicine, he holds an MBA and is ISSA Special­ist in exercise therapy, fitness nu­trition and corrective exercise. He is the author of the award-winning book, ‘Unravelling The Essentials of Health & Wealth.’

Thought for the week – “Defining health and wellbeing; The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete phys­ical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of dis­ease or infirmity’ (WHO, 1948).”

By Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel

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