The entity of wellness is similar to your favorite dessert; it has individual ingredients, that when mixed together, create something gratifying.
You likely already have aspects of your life that are healthy and positive. However, you cannot have optimal health if certain areas of your life are lacking, or are weak. Therefore, in order to live a life filled with wellness, you need to nurture all areas of your life.
The following are the ingredients of Wellness:
1) THINK WELL
The first ingredient of wellness is your intellectual wellness. This aspect involves developing new ways of thinking and keeping your mind fit. When you are choosing to remain curious and engage in learning and discovery, you are nurturing your intellectual health. Activities to enhance your mental health include: reading, mind games, learning a new skill, changing your routine, seeking out challenges etc.
2) BE SOCIALLY WELL
Being socially well involves who you surround yourself with. It is your squad, your tribe, or your network of people you spend your time with. Social wellness is a key element to living well, and to enhance this area you need to establish relationships with people who build you up and raise your standards.
3) WORK WELL
This element of wellness centers around your occupation and wealth. It involves how you choose to make a living, how you seek fulfillment in your life, and how you attract and manage money. However, in order to have a thriving work life (and reduce overwhelm), it is essential that there also be a work-life balance.
4) EAT WELL
This area of wellness is fairly obvious and is usually one of the first aspects people think of when they think of health & wellness. It consists of the food you choose to consume, and how often you consume it. It’s how you decide to nourish your body, and how you fuel yourself. It’s also important to reflect on how you are using food. Are you eating for nourishment or are you doing it for emotional fulfillment? Are you making food decisions based on self-love or self-hatred? Are you restricting certain foods, or are you maintaining a sense of balance?
5) MOVE WELL
Movement is key to good health, as it improves your longevity and overall vitality. It involves consistently doing movement that is energizing and feels good. It is about choosing to exercise out of love for yourself (and not purely to lose weight) In order for you to effectively incorporate movement into your life, it’s also important that the movement works for you, and fits your schedule and life (otherwise, you likely won’t stick with it).
6) BE SPIRITUALLY WELL
Spiritual wellness consists of aiming for a sense of peace and harmony in life. It is understanding your beliefs, values, and ethics, and using them as a guide. It involves seeking connection to your inner truth, and oneself. Growth and awareness are also key elements of this wellness area.
7) FEEL WELL
Emotional wellness is the ability to enjoy life, while also managing its stressors. It focuses on learning to acknowledge and feel our everyday emotions, rather than deny them. It also involves your physical state and ways you can improve it (i.e. how energized we feel). Often we try to push down our emotional pain, but in doing so we are only prolonging our healing process. Therefore, it is important to take the time to nurture this area.
8) BE SURROUNDED WELL
Being surrounded well means creating an environment that is uplifting. It involves decluttering and up-leveling your surroundings, including personal belongings, homes, and community. Enriched surroundings also include enriched experiences, so seeking out such experiences is vital. This can be done by seeking out rewarding opportunities, and occurrences. It’s important to reflect on how your space is influencing you, as it is an area we often forget.
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