There are many different kinds of wellness, and they all play their own role in contributing to your overall health in mind, body, and spirit. The most obvious type of wellness to most of us is physical wellness, which is mostly diet and exercise, but we all know that the number on the scale alone doesn’t have the power to alter our happiness.
Living a wellthy life means taking time to concentrate on all aspects of ourselves. The topics that I post about in this blog focus a great deal on physical wellness, but you will also see posts related to the other aspects of wellness. A few of them are listed here, in no particular order. You’ll notice I’ve provided a more official definition for each type of wellness, but then a description of what each type means to me, in my own words. Because I like my own words better (why else would I have a blog?).
Physical Wellness– Elements of physical wellness include adequate sleep, balanced diet, appropriate amount of exercise, and taking steps toward disease prevention.
What it means to me: Pretty much how it sounds. Eating well, working out, respecting your precious sleep, and going to regular check-ups to make sure nothing sinister is going on in your body.
Emotional Wellness-Aspects of emotional wellness include the ability to be introspective and identify your emotions, as well as being able to communicate them appropriately. The individual is also able to identify when he/she needs assistance in certain situations.
What it means to me: Having emotional intelligence. Being able to put a label on how you’re feeling and control and express your emotions constructively. This also includes being able to understand other people and their perspectives in order to have positive relationships. And it means knowing when you need help when dealing with something tough.
Creative Wellness– Elements of creative wellness include the participation in different activities that utilize the individual’s talents and skills.
What it means to me: Having hobbies! Figuring out what you care about, are passionate about, are good at, and what makes you happy, and then actually doing it.
Social Wellness– Aspects of social wellness include building and maintaining a supportive network of healthy relationships. Healthy relationships are built on interdependence, respect, and trust.
What it means to me: Having close friends and family that you love and who love you back, and investing in those connections regularly. In these relationships (as in most things), quality > quantity.
Intellectual Wellness– Components of intellectual wellness include creating a culture of lifelong learning, critical thinking, moral reasoning, and advancing knowledge through various means of education.
What it means to me: Not being complacent when it comes to knowledge. We should never be done learning, so to me intellectual wellness means finding something you’re interested in and learning more about it. This might mean reading a new book, taking a class, or doing something as simple as signing up for a “word of the day” email.
Spiritual Wellness– Aspects of spiritual wellness include the process of seeking or maintaining a system of values and beliefs that provide meaning and purpose in life.
What it means to me: Figuring out what you believe and value and then living your life with a purpose to serve those beliefs and values. This isn’t necessarily religion, but many people finding spiritual wellness through religion.
Financial Wellness– Elements of financial wellness include truly understanding one’s own financial state and being able to appropriately manage finances in order to utilize one’s income and resources to achieve realistic goals.
What it means to me: Understanding what words like “401K,” “IRA,” and “dividends” mean. Realistically using your income to budget, save, and live within your means, and working to get out of debt and stay that way.
If you have questions or would like me to post about a specific aspect of wellness, please get in touch with me! I want this blog to be about you!