"In order to answer what wellness means, we need to look at its opposite. When we think of being unwell, we generally think of someone feeling sick with an illness. These scenarios refer to our health condition. Poor health conditions prohibit us from functioning properly in our day to day activities. So in its simplest form, wellness means being able to function fully without our mind and body working against us and becoming a hinderance in our lives.
The next question is, how do we live well? Or even better, enhance our wellbeing to a level where we are thriving instead of just surviving? In order to truly live well, we need to have a comprehensive understanding of our mind, body, emotions and energy. While we all require different applications of wellness-based practices—due to having been shaped differently by our environments, social conditioning, lifestyle, gender and age amongst many other variables—there is still a basic foundation upon which one should build on when it comes to wellness.
Building your life in a conducive and healthy way takes in to account the following basic principles: Sleep (quality and duration), nutrition, proper exercise, proper breathing, proper rest and relaxation, and positive thinking and meditation. Wellness naturally happens as byproduct of taking care of these principles."