The Importance of Wellness & How to Attain It

Have you noticed how some people genuinely display more positivity than others? In fact, it has been well established that people who
are happier perform better at work and are generally more successful. Fortunately, there are many ways to integrate positivity in your life, despite the hardships you might face.

So what is wellness?

In the simplest terms, wellness is the active process of consciously making decisions to lead a healthy and happy life. The concept of being ‘well’ isn’t simply restricted to being free from illness. It’s an active process and mindset that constantly pushes you towards the path of growth and change.

According to sales executive, John Weaver, stress-related problems can cause companies to lose about $80 billion per year. In a broader sense, wellness can be categorized into the following dimensions:

  • Emotional:
    Being able to express human emotions. Emotional wellbeing usually revolves
    around having a healthy self-esteem, being optimistic and having
    self-acceptance.
  • Physical:
    Physical wellness is linked to having a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. It also means abstaining from drug and alcohol abuse and visiting the doctor regularly.
  • Intellectual:
    Intellectual wellness explores having and active mind that’s invested in improving skills.
  • Social:
    How well do you get along with others? Having good communication skills and being able to develop intimacy are all part of social wellness.
  • Financial:
    Achieving financial stability and being able to handle finances well.
  • Occupational:
    What is your attitude towards your work? Do you find it creatively stimulating
  • Spiritual:
    Spiritual wellness centers around a set of guiding principles that will keep you rooted towards one direction in life. This will help you seek fulfillment and purpose even when times are rough.

 

According to Julie Wald, founder of Namaste New York, “the major ingredients in helping wellbeing and helping lifestyle, regardless of
your physical condition, whether you are eighteen or eighty, are these four pillars: movement, stillness, touch and nourishment.”

How does it positively impact/benefit life?

Needless to say, your body actively responds to the way you think and feel. Always being in a state of anxiety and stress may cause your
body to react in a similar way. For instance, some folks may develop a stomach ulcer or high blood pressure after experiencing a particularly stressful event such as losing a job or the loss of a loved one.

Examples of Wellness

Some examples of wellness include:

  • Being able to cope with stress even in times of
    adversity
  • Calming your body via relaxation techniques such as meditation
  • Seeking help in case of physical symptoms
  • Eating a nutritious diet and making active choices to stay healthy
  • Not indulging in self harm, alcohol or drug abuse
  • Getting enough sleep and being able to sleep well

Some of us can be intimated by kick-starting our health and wellness. We need to remember that our longevity isn’t just for us, it’s for
our families, loved-ones, and people that rely on us, maybe as a caregiver or
just as a friend. Prioritize your wellness, not just for you, but for the ones
your love and care about.

Reference: https://cpr.bu.edu/living-well/eight-dimensions-of-wellness/

https://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/wellness/sevendimensionsofwellness