Developing a sense of connection and belonging with others
Social wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact with others. From the time you are born, your relationships help you learn to navigate the world and can offer support during difficult times. Who you hang with matters. And identifying and maintaining healthy, nurturing, and supportive people in your life is so important. Learning to make genuine connections with people around you whether you’re at work, at home, at a family reunion, the movies, or a stranger in a sea of people...learning to express yourself and interact with others helps you stay healthier both mentally and physically.
Finding ways to expand your knowledge and skills and keep your brain stimulated
Intellectual wellness means you recognize your creative abilities and continuously look for activities and experiences that expand your knowledge and mental skills. This is not your IQ score—instead, it’s all your knowledge that you build over time in your life...book smarts, street smarts, social skills, interests and hobbies, cultural and community knowledge. A general thirst for knowledge on a large variety of topics and never letting go of that curiosity regardless of your age.
Surrounding yourself with pleasant, healthy, and stimulating environments
What surrounds you each day in your home, office, or neighborhood as you live, work, and play effects your wellbeing. Having good health by occupying spaces or working to improve your spaces is environmental wellness. The core principle is respect—respect for all nature and all species living in it. When you become environmentally aware, you will be able to realize how your daily habits affect your home life as well as your work life. There are many environmentally conscious practices you can adopt to improve your relationship with the environment—leading to the feeling of a more balanced life.
Creating a life with physical activity and ample sleep
Actively monitoring how much activity you get and doing what you can to help strengthen and care for your body is physical wellness. Taking daily steps (see what we did there?!) to include physical movement in your everyday life can help you manage the effects of an illness or side effects of treatment down the road, too. Positive physical health habits help to decrease your stress, lower risk of disease and reinvigorate your energy level every day! Sittin’ around gets you nowhere. Get active, maintain your muscle, mind your metabolism, boost your mood as a bonus. Ample rest and sleep.
Proactively fueling your body with the food and nutrition it needs and identifying best choices
The practice of healthy food choices, educating yourself on how food affects your body and mind—especially the unhealthy kinds—and exploring your physical and mental relationships with food leads to nutritional wellness. What foods give you energy, what foods slow you down, what time of day and how often you eat, what you feed your family, how to fuel your body with the right choices at various points in your life. Make it a celebration and education of cooking and healthy food choices!
Coping successfully with life’s stresses and adapting to change and difficulties
How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health. How you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time. Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.
Managing your economic life for good credit, preparedness, savings and debt
Financial wellness is a state of being in which you can meet current and future financial obligations, feel secure in your financial future and make choices that let you enjoy life. It can also help you from freaking out about money therefore improving your mental and physical well-being. Those who practice financial wellness tend to spend wisely, have emergency funds and utilize a budget. What is your relationship with money?
Discovering a sense of purpose and meaning in your life
Spiritual wellness is paying attention to a sense of purpose and meaning in life, including your morals and ethics. It’s taking time to stop doing and start being. Being thoughtful about how you treat yourself and others and contemplating your spirituality.
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