You have many facets, many areas of your life that can improve or harm the other areas. These areas are interrelated, and make up your current state of health or wellness. Find out which ones are working and which ones may need a tune up. Find tips, tricks and stories right here to help you be at your best in all areas. Today what we are talking about is your whole health, the sum total of the seven areas represented on the Wellness Wheel illustrated above. There are also a variety of options you may find on a wellness wheel, but generally these seven categories are found on most if not all of them. Let’s look at them individually:
Emotional Health: Wellness in this area means maintaining good mental health, a positive attitude, high self-esteem, and a strong self-image. It includes the ability to respond appropriately to emotional states in life every day.
Intellectual Health: Means you actively strive to expand and challenge your mind with creative endeavors. It is responding to challenges and opportunities to grow, making plans, developing strategies, and solving problems. Always being a student of life.
Physical Health: Physical Wellness encourages consumption and activities which contribute to high level wellness, including medical self-care and appropriate use of the medical system. It means eating and engaging in physical activity which encourage your body to be at its best.
Social Health: Social wellness is having positive relationships and enjoying being with others. It means becoming more aware of your importance in society as well as the impact you have in your community. It is recognizing the need for leisure and recreation and making time to include those activities.
Environmental Health: Wellness here means it is important to lead a lifestyle that is respectful of our environment. This includes respecting not only nature but also those species living in it. Respect for others living in our environment is just as necessary as respect for the physical environment itself.
Financial Health: Financial wellness is having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes. The mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of money for you work together in a way that you feel positive about your financial life. What you do to earn money falls into this category.
Spiritual Health: This dimension of wellness involves seeking your own meaning and purpose in this human existence. Being well means your actions, how you live, becomes more consistent with your beliefs and values.
Since total “Wellness” is multi-dimensional, it means that while the dimensions seem separate, they are all inter-dependent. When you feel stressed at work (Financial Wellness) it will affect other areas. You may not be able to sleep well (Physical Wellness), you may get angry with family quickly (Emotional Wellness) and may withdraw from friends and activities (Social Wellness). You can see that one seemingly small problem can have a ripple affect. By the same principle, when you work to improve one or more areas of your life, it improves the others as well. Eating better or going for a walk at lunch (Physical Wellness) can mean you have more energy to play with your kids (Social Wellness) and more clarity to solve problems at work (Financial Wellness). Making a habit of taking stock of how you feel about each of the dimensions of wellness, can keep you on top of your overall health before it gets out of sync. Making small changes in each area can in turn have a profound improvement in many areas. Got you thinking? Great, it’s a start! Click on any of the Wellness Topics or on the drop down page to find out more. Check back often for new idea.
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