Wellness is an expanded idea of health. There are different levels of wellness in your life that don’t have to do with your physical health. True wellness is determined by how you live your life despite your circumstances. Living a healthy life is not just about the physical you have mental, emotional and more. If you aren’t healthy in these areas as well then chances are you’re probably not happy either.
Physical wellness is our most obvious wellness. Usually when you ask someone how they are feeling you’re talking about their health. This is our easiest way to relate to people. Physical wellness consists of eating habits, exercise, staying away from harmful habits, doctor’s visits, just having respect for your own body and keeping it out of harms way. How you take care of yourself everyday will not only effect your present but your future as well.
Emotional wellness like physical wellness is another that will affect your everyday life. It will either make your day more pleasurable or more difficult depending on your circumstances. Emotional wellness consists of optimism, trust, self esteem, self acceptance, self confidence, self control, healthy relationships, etc…
Emotional wellness as you can see has a lot to do with self. If your not satisfied with you, then figure out what you need to change for YOURSELF and start taking steps in that direction. If you’re not happy with yourself you will have a hard time with a relationship with someone else.
Learn how to get in touch with yourself to explore how confident you are with you. Identify your struggles and try to find solutions. If you feel like you can’t handle it yourself then get some help from a therapist or a friend.
Intellectual wellness is to have the ability to have an open mind to learn new things. To think outside the box and try problem solving. Intellectual wellness also includes a sense of humor, creativity, and curiosity. An active mind is healthy to your wellness it detects problems, finds solutions and directs behavior. You will never stop learning with an intellectual brain.
Spiritual wellness has many different meanings to people. Some people believe in God, others in science, meditation, etc…
Spiritual health means to possess a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give you meaning or purpose in your life. It gives you the capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, joy, and fulfillment. When you have this it gives you peace which helps you deal with anger, fear, anxiety and more negative feelings. With some religions it helps people form bonds with others because they support each other in groups.
Spiritual wellness helps bring people together it gives people a common bond and especially helps during times of struggle. No matter what it is everyone finds spiritual wellness on some level.
Interpersonal and Social Wellness
Developing social skills is important to your health. Being alone for anyone can make you depressed. We need to have people in our lives to love and be supported by. Developing interpersonal wellness means learning good communication skills, which allows you to develop the capacity for intimacy.
Social wellness requires participating in and contributing to your community, country and world.
Environmental or Planetary Wellness
Environmental threats to health are ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, air and water pollution, lead in old house paint, and second hand smoke in indoor air. Wellness is us taking part to help our environment recycle, throw garbage in the garbage cans; learn how to protect yourself against hazards.
All six of these wellness continuously interact with each other in your life. Maintaining good health is a dynamic process, and increases your level of wellness. When you develop one of your wellness it usually has an effect on another. For example, if you started working out then not only are you helping your physical wellness but your emotional wellness as well because you would start to gain more self esteem. So look at your wellness and see what you can change!