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In the Rapid Commercialization of the Wellness Industry, are we Losing its Essence?

Wellness sells, and people are buying. But are they choosing ‘fleeting fancy’ over ‘lasting change’?

Introduction

Wellness is today a buzzword in the health industry. Wellness sells, and people are buying. The wellness industry is growing at a frenetic pace. This can be gauged from the data released by the Global Wellness Institute. The global wellness market grew 10.6 per cent to $3.72 trillion from 2013 to 2015, even as the global economy shrank 3.6 per cent during the same period.

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Holistic Health Approaches: the Way to Wellness

Introduction

As I begin my new blog, it would be prudent to explain the terms ‘Wellness’ and ‘Holistic Health’; both today buzzwords in the health industry. Health, as we commonly understand as a layman, is the “absence of disease.” However, even though, people may lack the physical symptoms of a disease, they may still be bored, lack energy, and never feel like doing anything or simply unhappy with their lives. Such emotional states often set the stage for physical and mental disease. You will also notice that these feelings are aggravated or mitigated by what is happening around you; you are touched by everything that happens in your surroundings.

Even celebrities who seem to HAVE IT ALL, may not be happy. We come across people who are famous, rich, successful and inspiration for many – they seem to have it all, yet many of them have talked about feeling hollow from within, suffering from panic attacks, and even about being depressed. In an interview with The Telegraph a couple of years ago, Prince Harry had said: “I’ve spent most of my life saying ‘I’m fine. I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and shutting down all my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on my life…I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.” The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, while talking about his battle with loneliness within, said he was grateful for not taking his own life. So, obviously, there is something beyond the absence of disease which is necessary to help you feel better about yourself – energetic, joyous, at peace with your own self and your surroundings and have a purpose and meaning to life.

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