A Focus on Wellness

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At the beginning of the year is the ideal time to make lifestyle changes to support general wellness. Wellness is very broad and include different aspects of our lives that contributes to good health but also great quality of life.

There are many different definitions for wellness. It can all boil down to healthy activities, decisions and physical environments that enhances health status, and quality of life. Wellness can look different depending on an individual’s circumstances, culture, resources, ability, and other factors.

Experts narrowed down 8 aspects of wellness. These are emotional wellness, environmental wellness, financial wellness, intellectual wellness, occupational wellness, physical wellness, social wellness, spiritual wellness.

Emotional
Coping effectively with life changes and stressors and creating and maintaining satisfying relationships.

Environmental
Occupying safe, pleasant, and stimulating environments that supports well-being. This includes places where we live, learn, work, play and worship.

Financial
Satisfaction with current and future financial prospects.

Intellectual
Exploring creativity, personal interests and ways to expand or sharpen knowledge and skills.

Occupational
Sense of balance, satisfaction, accomplishment and recognition from work/career.

Physical
Prioritizing preventive health habits, physical activity, sleep and nutritious foods.

Social
Developing and maintain a sense of connectedness, belonging and support system.

Spiritual
Expanding sense of faith, purpose, meaning, balance and peace.As we plan out heathy resolutions for the year, it’s a benefit to consider these 8 aspects to help set realistic goals. Use this handy guide to begin the reflection process.

Creating a Healthier Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness by SAMHSA

Link: https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma16-4958.pdf

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