What wellness is marketed as:
What wellness ACTUALLY looks like:
-Health care coverage
-Access to therapy
-Paid time off
-Close knit communities
Unfortunately it is very clear what sets these two lists apart. everything in the upper list can be sold to you. Nothing in the lower list can. 🤷♂️
@thesunshinesushi Fun fact: 'wellness' translated into Finnish is 'hyvinvointi', which is the same as 'welfare' in constructions like welfare state that refer to the post-WWII social policy in Nordic countries etc. So in Finnish there's no difference between welfare and wellness.
Which is of course why when these commercial wellness services started to flourish (a recent phenomenon), they were marketed with the English term and not the Finnish one, because we already knew what 'hyvinvointi' is!
@thesunshinesushi There's a third aspect of wellness, as pushed by healthcare insurance providers in backwards countries that don't offer healthcare benefits to all citizens: wellness as self help.
Best described as, "you can make time to practice wellness, so your lack of wellness is all your fault." The main side effect of this kind of wellness is added stress, which is bad for wellness.
@thesunshinesushi The top list reads like a hipster 'health food' store that charges huge amounts of money for food and always has a register line of sickly looking ppl who try every fad diet and take healthy ideas like Vegan and Macrobiotics to extremes that are unhealthy to, literally, dangerous. In the 60s I watched macrobiotics fanatics try to live on brown rice and green tea. The NY Health Dept was seeing cases of Scurvy and Beri-Beri for the first time in 1/2 a century.