11 hours ago
Dimensions of Health & Wellness
Revisiting this chart periodically is so valuable to me. I helps me to put things into perspective, and try to improve areas of my life that I mindlessly neglect, which is so easy to do when caring for 3 young children and a home. Living well is about balance and wholeness.
Each of the "slices" actually consists of two parts. I like to think of them as the "crust" and the "filling." The foundation, or the crust, is Health, and Wellness is the goodness inside.
•Emotional health/Wellness: Dealing & coping with daily circumstances with personal feelings that are positive, optimistic and constructive. Free from emotional illness & possess emotional wellness
•Intellectual Health/Wellness: Ability to learn and use information to enhance quality of daily living and optimal functioning.Free from illnesses that invade the brain and affect learning & possesses Intellectual Wellness.
•Physical Health/Wellness: Fit vs. Unfit. Ability to meet the demands of the days work and use free time effectively. Good Physical Fitness & Motor Skills. Free from illnesses that affect physiological systems of the body
•Social Health/Wellness: Involved as opposed to lonely. Ability to interact with others and establish meaningful relationships that are beneficial for all people involved in the interaction Free from illnesses & conditions that limit social interaction such as antisocial tendencies.
•Spiritual Health/Wellness: Fulfilled vs. Unfulfilled. Establishment of a values system and act on the system of beliefs, as well as carry out meaningful life time goals.
Physical Health is HUGE to me. I hit the gym almost every week day 1-2 hours. On off days I find a minimum of 30 minutes of activity for myself around the house, outside, or on the town with the family. I discovered at a young age that the endorphins that are produced from physical activity help me to function better and be happier, and the physical benefits are an absolute plus. I often refer to an awesome website, exrx.net , for tips and up to date information.
Being social is a whole new world these days. Face to face interaction has sort of gone the way of Facebook. We just don't do it. Why should we? We have the ability to communicate electronically at our fingertips every day. Waiting for the right time just isn't an issue anymore. I found that it was something I needed to re-learn once I stopped working. Co-workers & socializing at work are something that goes hand in hand for me. When my job began at home, and only at home, I had the difficult task of figuring out how to socialize. OMG, I had to make friends. I had never set out with that purpose in my LIFE! The scariest thing ever for me, but I had great success with sites like meetup.com.
Though some days are blue no matter how hard you try, it doesn't mean every day has to be! Try to make every day exciting, delicious, adventurous and enlightening. Look at the bigger picture in every situation. Enjoy every moment & savor the "last taste" (what I refer to as the last bite of a delicious dessert or dish). Soon enough you will be putting a fabulous topping on the dish that is your life.