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What is Wellness?

 

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

 

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing cycle.

Our products, services, and space intent to address our 5 Core Aspect of Wellness

1. Physical Wellness

Understanding the relationship between your body’s physical health and mental health is crucial in order to develop a balanced physical wellness. When you take the route to physical wellness you will learn to understand how your body performs physically and be able to connect it to how you feel mentally. Physical wellness encourages principles of good health and knowledge, which affect behavior patterns that lead to a healthy lifestyle. Below are a few suggestions for you to practice to maintain an optimal level of physical wellness.

  • Engage in physical activity everyday for 30 minutes. You may break up your daily 30 minutes into 10 minutes bouts.

  • Use stairs instead of the elevator or escalator and walk whenever possible.

  • Learn to recognize warning signs when your body begins feeling ill.

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods and control your meal portions.

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule and get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

  • Practice safe sex.

2. Emotional & Mental Wellness

Emotional wellness inspires self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength. It is important to be attentive to both positive and negative feelings and be able to understand how to handle these emotions. Emotional wellness also includes the ability to learn and grow from experiences. Emotional well-being encourages autonomy and proper decision making skills. 

 

In order to begin the route to emotional wellness you must always remember to be optimistic. Optimism allows you to greet all emotions—both positive and negative—with a confident attitude that allows you to learn from your mistakes. Once you have mastered emotional wellness, you will experience life a little differently. Your life will be more balanced and you will develop a deep sense of awareness. Below are some strategies for you to practice in order to boost your emotional wellness.

  • Remind yourself to stay positive, always.

  • Smile.

  • Seek or accept help and support from others when needed.

  • Employ gratitude to your life in order to strengthen relationships with family and friends.

  • Practice being mindful and increase your awareness. This can be done through various forms of meditation.

  • Accept mistakes and learn from them for next time. Mistakes are not terrible experiences; they are learning experiences.

  • Balance your other dimensions of wellness.

 

3. Social Wellness

Maintaining an optimal level of social wellness allows you to build healthy relationships with others. Having a supportive social network allows you to develop assertive skills and become comfortable with who you are in social situations. Surrounding yourself with a positive social network increases your self-esteem. Social wellness enables you to create boundaries that encourage communication, trust and conflict management. Having good social wellness is critical to building emotional resilience.

 

How can you start your social wellness journey?

  1. Reflect on yourself and your social needs. What aspects of your social life do you enjoy? What parts would you like to improve?
  2. Make an effort to keep in touch with supportive friends and family.

  3. Practice self-disclosure.

  4. Participate in group discussions and practice active listening.

  5. Join a club or organization.

4. Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment. Everyone can have a strong environmental conscious simply by raising their awareness. 

There are many environmentally conscious practices you can adopt in order to improve your relationship with the environment. Conservation is at the root of it all. Below is a list of a few suggestions to help you become more environmentally aware.

  • Conserve energy.

  • Recycle.

  • Volunteer with environmental organizations.

  • Become aware of Earth’s natural resources. Identify and understand the role of our natural resources.

  • Spend time outdoors and boost your vitamin D at the same time!

5. Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts personal health. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety and fear for most adults. Keeping track of expenses, making a budget, and sticking to it are important skills to have in order to be financially responsible and independent. Learning how to maximize your financial wellness now will help you feel prepared to handle potentially stressful financial situations in the future.

Rest assured that you are not the only one in the process of learning how to manage finances more efficiently. There is an array of resources, workshops, and programs that can guide you toward money-managing success. Everyone’s financial situation is different, so it is up to you to select the proper mix of resources that work best according to your needs. The most important point to remember is that maximizing financial wellness is a process that does not occur immediately. Be proactive by seeking related resources and learning about money-managing strategies to build your financial wellness. Financial Wellness Tips:

  • Don’t put it off - identify and address any financial problems before they start.

  • Keep organized records of your finances.

  • Take advantage of student discounts.

  • Plan ahead and set budget goals.

  • Balance your other dimensions of Wellness, they all tie in to financial wellness as well.