When most people think about living a healthier life, the first few things that come to mind are eating cleaner and exercising more. If we’re breaking a sweat and cutting down our carb intake by eating salads and superfoods everyday, we’ve been accustomed to believe that we’ve officially converted ourselves to living a healthier lifestyle.
Which is true! Most of us may feel this is all we need, but this is only the tip of iceberg when we think about overall wellness and ways that we can strive to live a healthier lifestyle.
Believe it or not, there are 7 dimensions to personal wellness that are significant to our overall sense of well being and exercising and dieting comprises only 1 of the 7 dimensions that we can strive to improve.
Take a look at the 7 dimensions below and see how conscious you’ve really been of your own personal well being.
1. Physical Wellness
Get enough sleep. Exercise regularly. Eat Clean.
The physical aspect of wellness is the most popularized and universally known aspect of improving your overall health and wellness. It encourages a more active lifestyle and a better consciousness about your nutrition. The goal of improving your physical wellness is to reduce your fatigue and physical stresses by improving your strength and conditioning to better allow you to handle the rigors of each day. With a better feeling of physical self we can improve our self-esteem, self control, determination and overall sense of direction.
2. Emotional Wellness
Don’t be a slave to your emotions!
Our realities are shaped by our perceptions, we are only able to feel what we can interpret or perceive. We are all reactive by nature to events around us that we cannot control, but what we can control is what we can think, imagine and ultimately feel.
If we are aware of our own thoughts and emotions, we should also be aware that our emotions are a reaction to our thoughts and perceptions. But it doesn’t necessarily mean we have to let our initial emotion manifest itself into our lives. If we’re conscious of our emotions such as happiness, hope, love, joy, sadness, anger, fear or jealousy and choose to recognize it first and be aware of our emotions before we put action to it, we can better understand ourselves and choose the energy we decide to project.
In times of sadness or negativity, we heal ourselves the most in times of reflection, by subconsciously interpreting events from different perspectives and cycling through our thoughts until we’ve exhausted the situation or scenario and you become open to new experiences again.
Emotions play a huge role in the quality of the each day and dictates whether or not we are having a “good day” or a “bad day”. If we strive to live a more positive life, we must remember we attract the energies we radiate.
In the times we are happy, we should try to thrive in the positive state of mind we are in. In times we are feeling sad, mad or toxic, we need to make time for ourselves to accept and cycle through these emotions.
We are all human and emotions are a part of the inevitable ups and downs in life. To improve our emotional wellness we need to realize emotions are temporary sceneries we experience, driven by our thoughts in the car we control.
We are in control and we should always remember that.
3. Occupational Wellness
Love what you do!
We’re all born with our own set of skills, gifts or talents that make us unique. We grow by adapting to new experiences, where we learn new skills and improve our own strengths and weaknesses. We perform at our best when we’re in a positive mentality; negative emotions are like a virus that can infect your desire to thrive. If you’re always working looking forward to when your shift, task or duty will end no matter how positive you try to be, rather than looking forward to what’s to come, than it may not be a professional environment that you’re meant to thrive in.
By simply changing your work environment to a more suitable one, you’ll go from feeling trapped in a prison cell to wishing there was more time in a day to achieve your goals you seek to accomplish. We can always adapt and learn new skills, but the hardest part is finding the right environment that we feel motivated enough to want to adapt and learn new skills.
We construct with positivity and deconstruct with negativity. Our occupation comprises the majority of our lives at one point or another and having a great attitude in the right environment can make a huge difference in your overall sense of accomplishment and ambition, which can carry over to other aspects of your personal life. If you want to build a healthier future, constantly strive to find suitable working environments that bring positivity to your life.
Find something that resonates well with your personality, interests and talents and create a vision for your future. If you create an image for yourself and the environment you wish you thrive in, take action and seek to find the path and direction to get there.
4. Intellectual Wellness
Knowledge is an obsession worth nurturing
As the saying goes, “knowledge is power”.
Our capabilities are limited by the knowledge we possess. If you ever feel stuck or discontent with your life, expanding your knowledge can open doors to new opportunities that were never relevant to your life. Nurturing your intellectual wellness is more than just developing a new hobby, taking a few classes or reading more books. It is the encouragement to always be open to engage yourself in mentally-stimulating activities and develop a curiosity for learning more.
By having an open mind, you become more receptive to new information and experiences. As we exercise and improve our physical self, we should also exercise and improve our mental self. Not exercise in the sense of rigid studying and testing, but exercising our mind to adapt and grow with new experiences.
If we’re open to more experiences, we’re opening the door to more opportunities in life to better grow and evolve as an individual.
5. Environmental Wellness
Taking care of Mother Earth
Everyone, no matter what ethnicity, culture or geographic location, share one thing in common – we all live on the same planet. “Reduce, reuse, recycle”, for example, is a phrase most of us are familiar with. It is a simple yet effective reminder when it comes to living a more conscious life; a reminder to be aware of our actions and how we impact something on a much larger scale.
By living consciously to care for something that is of a bigger purpose, it inspires living a lifestyle that is respectful to our surroundings and the species living in it. And by being environmentally aware, we are better able to realize the impact of our own daily habits and how we live from a bigger perspective.
Thinking consciously in a bigger perspective can carry over and may help us see the impact of the little things that are harmful in our personal lives that we can take action to fix.
6. Social Wellness
Nurture the relationships surrounding you
Relationships are one of the most complex aspects of life, we are all connected in subliminal ways that cannot be fully seen. If you were to observe a group of friends, you wouldn’t be able to tell how deep of a connection two people may share with each other within the group. We are all connected with experiences and memories that structure levels of shared understanding that only we know and share with another person.
To improve our own social wellness, we should be more conscious of all the relationships in our lives and nurture an open channel of communication to improve our own social network. Assess the positive, the negative and the hopeful relationships that surround you and work on improving your sphere of influence.
Go out and create new memories, try new things, share new experiences and past stories with new friends, old friends, family or loved ones. By improving our own social wellness, we strengthen our sense of belonging in the world and create a social web of comfort. The world can be a lonely place, but being lonely is a choice and it’s never too late to improve your own social network.
If we continue to live to improve our social network, we can live with more confidence knowing we are well with the people that surround us in our lives. We have more courage when we know we are not alone and having a strong social network can help inspirit a better way of living.
7. Spiritual Wellness
Stay in touch with your inner self
Living spiritually involves living for a greater purpose staying true to a set of beliefs, principles and values. Whether it be religious, moral or ethical, we should all strive to improve ourselves by staying true to our inner conscience and harmonize with the energies that surround us.
We can improve our own spiritual wellness by embarking on a path of optimism and gratitude, compassion through an empathic lens and self-actualization to improve our internal values to become a better individual.
“It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.”National Wellness InstituteTo live a fulfilling life, we have to feel fulfilled with our spiritual well being. When we are well with ourselves spiritually, we can truly enjoy and savor life’s experiences and the little things that make our memories lasting ones.
Life is an incredible journey that we all have the opportunity to live, we hope that everyone continues to strive to live their best life, full of memorable experiences and great health in all aspects of wellness. Tomorrow is always a new day and an opportunity for us to be a better version of ourselves.
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