“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.” – Constitution of the World Health Organization.
Welcome to your Wellness area !
Living in a state of wellness can significantly improve a person’s life, providing them with fulfilling relationships, and a sense of happiness.
Wellness is a way more than simply physical health, exercise or nutrition. It contains the full integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Therefore, it’s important to enhance and maintain your health and wellness that will help you to achieve academic success, personal development, and lifelong wellness.
IMPORTANCE OF WELLNESS
We all understand that maintaining a good level of wellness is absolutely a key to living a prime life. Everything we do and every emotion we feel has a direct relation to our well-being. Our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions, because it’s an ongoing circle. Hence, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness if you really want to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions life long.
You can reach an optimal level of wellness just by understanding eight dimensions of wellness.Each dimension of wellness is equally vital and interrelated with another.
Emotional wellness includes developing an awareness of your feelings and your response to everyday interactions. This helps you to better understand why you are feeling in that way and can actively respond to your feelings.
Your emotional wellness can be improved by
Give time to yourself to have peace in mind and reflect
Smile and laugh! Sometimes laughter is the best medicine to reduce stress
Seeking or accepting support and help whenever needed
Share your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust. But yes must listen to others` emotions too
Accept your mistakes and learn from them
Take care of your body. Your mental & physical well-being are interconnected
Be kind to yourself
Occupational wellness focuses and involves participating in activities that provide meaning and purpose.
It is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure, addressing workplace stress and building relationships with co-workers. It also involves exploring various career options and finding where your skills fit.
Your career encompasses a lot of time, which is why it’s important for your overall well-being to do what you love and love what you do. When people are doing what they were meant to do, they deepen their sense of meaning and purpose.
Your occupational wellness can be improved by
Write out your occupational goals and create a plan to reach them
Keep motivated to work towards what you want
Enjoy what you do, do what you enjoy
Increase your skills and knowledge to advance your occupational wellness goals
Find the benefits and positives in your current job
Create connections with your co-workers
Avoid overworking yourself, find a work/life balance
Good physical health habits through nutrition, exercise, and appropriate health care make up the physical dimension of wellness.
Physical wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. It encourages the balance of physical activity, nutrition and mental well-being to keep your body in top condition.
As you become conscious of your physical health, you are able to identify elements you are successful in as well as elements you would like to improve.
Your physical wellness can be improved by
Exercise or engage in physical activity for 30 minutes each day
Use stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
Recognize signs when your body begins feeling ill
Eat variations of wholesome, healthy foods
Control your meal portions
Try to sleep between 7-9 hours each night
This spiritual Wellness represents your personal beliefs and values and involves having meaning, purpose, and a sense of balance and peace.
Spiritual wellness refers to the practice of integrating those beliefs and values with action toward bettering both yourself and the world around you.
Your spiritual wellness can be improved by:
Explore your spiritual core
Look for deeper meanings
Take time to meditate
Intellectual wellness means engaging in creative and stimulating mental activities to expand knowledge and skills.
Intellectual Wellness is achieved through self-directed behavior focused on learning. It is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions and betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to intellectual wellness.
Intellectually well people cherish mental growth and stimulation, are involved in intellectual and cultural activities and are engaged in the exploration of new ideas and understandings. They are also curious and interested in the communities as well as the world around them.
Your intellectual wellness can be improved by:
Social wellness focuses on building and nurturing meaningful and supportive relationships with individuals, groups and communities. It enables you to create boundaries that encourage communication, trust and conflict management. Social wellness also includes showing respect for others, oneself and other cultures.
Your social wellness can be improved by:
Reflecting on yourself and your social needs. What aspects of your social life do you enjoy? What parts would you like to improve?
Making an effort to keep in touch with supportive friends, family and mentors.
Participating in group discussions and practicing active listening.
Joining a club or organization.
Participating in study groups.
Volunteering in the community.
Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives, and it can impact your health as well as academic performance.
Your financial wellness can be improved by:
Starting with small changes that will add up over time (i.e. make your own coffee rather than buying it).
Utilizing resources to expand your budget like CalFresh and other student discounts.
Understanding your student loans.
Starting a savings account – add a small monthly automatic payment, if possible.
Identifying and addressing any financial problems before they start.
Planning ahead and setting budget goals.
Making a list or reviewing your bank account of all purchases in one week.
Writing a list before you go shopping.
Asking yourself “do I really need this?” before an unplanned purchase.
Environmental wellness refers to leading a lifestyle that values the relationship between ourselves, our community and the environment. The core principle of environmental wellness is respect—respect for all nature and all species living in it.
Your environmental wellness can be improved by:
Picking up trash.
Spending time outdoors.
Biking or walking for your commute.
Using reusable bags and water bottles.
Being mindful of your water use.
Going to the farmer’s market.
Turning off lights and computers.
Unplugging from technology.
Donating unwanted clothing.
Remember creating balance in your lives is a very important part of wellness. Balance means making sure you have time to do the things that make you feel happy and fulfilled.