Wellness is an active choice of taking responsibility for one's choices to work towards an optimal state of health and well being. There is mounting evidence that making physical lifestyle changes and working on intimate relationships with loved ones can often prevent certain non-communicable diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and mental health disorders. Physical lifestyle changes, stress-reduction techniques, attitude changes, conflict resolution skills, work-family life balance, and healthy relationships can have an enormous impact on health. Wellness encompasses much more than physical health. Generally, most wellness models incorporate at least the following seven dimensions:
1. Physical- Nurturing a healthy body through exercise, nutrition and proper sleep.
2. Mental Processes- Stimulating the mind through learning, problem-solving, creativity, etc.
3. Emotional- Being aware of and expressing feelings, and being able to understand the feelings of others. This involves learning healthy conflict resolution techniques and being able to accept constructive feedback in addition to giving constructive feedback in a healthy manner.
4. Spiritual- Searching for meaning and a higher purpose in human existence, and participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values.
5. Social- Connecting with friends and family in a meaningful way by developing deep, long lasting connections, and contributing to your community.
6. Vocational- Preparing for and participating in meaningful and rewarding work that provides personal satisfaction that is consistent with your values, goals, unique gifts and skills.
7. Financial- Managing your resources to live within your means, having realistic financial goals, making informed financial decisions and investments and being prepared for future needs and emergencies.
Change your habits, change your life!
Making changes for optimal wellness is more achievable with strategies than enhance your chance for success. Some helpful strategies in changing old habits and developing new habits that strengthen self control include: monitoring, planning and scheduling, having systems of personal accountability, encouragement from friends and family, abstaining, planning ahead, detecting rationalizations and false assumptions, and decreasing idle alone time.
Wellness is a personalized approach to living life in a way that allows you to optimize your potentials and circumstances to be the best kind of person that you can be. Are you going to accept yourself or expect more from yourself? Are you going to be stagnant in your present circumstances or move towards a better future? The present and future lie in the choices that you make today.
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