Often times people don’t understand what wellness is. Most of us live on the superficial, tangible plane of physicality. Wellness isn’t just about your physical body or what you do to it, though that is part. Wellness is the state of optimal well-being, not simply the absence of illness, but an improved quality of life resulting from enhanced physical, mental, and spiritual health. All aspects of your life.
So it’s all good to be getting exercise regularly, and eating right (if you are doing this, bravo for you, you are still a minority group!), but a higher level of self-care is improving your quality of life in these other areas or dimensions.
So, I like to consider that there is 6 different dimensions to our wellbeing. Depending on how you look at it, there could be more, yet these 6 pretty much encapsulate all the different areas of our life.
-Physical Wellness: involves taking care of our bodies – eating right, exercising, routine medical exams. It also discourages against the use of tobacco, drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption.
-Social Wellness: addresses interpersonal relationships and helps us enter into successful and fulfilling relationships with our family, friends, significant others, pets and others.
-Spiritual Wellness: involves finding meaning and purpose in life. This can give us strength to cope with despair and help us feel good about being alive. Spiritual wellness may or may not include religion.
-Emotional Wellness: addresses intrapersonal relationships. It involves a better understanding of our feelings and emotions.
-Intellectual Wellness: involves maintaining cognitive stimulation to prevent mental stagnation. It is a lifelong process of mental challenges and creativity.
-Vocational Wellness: addresses career goals and paths and finding a balance between life at home and life at work.
By understanding and bringing balance into each of these areas, you bring quality and completeness into your life! I will discuss the key elements of what it will take for this to happen in later blogs…
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