Wellness

You often hear the word Wellness tossed around these days, it’s one of the newest workplace buzzwords.  Many companies are instituting wellness activities or programs for their employees, but what is it and why the emphasis on it?  How can you implement wellness in your own life?

Wellness is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health”. 

According to the National Wellness Institute there are 6 dimensions to it;

Emotional- this includes your feelings of self worth, self control and sense of purpose

Social-how you interact and contribute to the community at large

Occupational-learning to enjoy your work and balance it with recreational activities

Intellectual-finding creative and stimulating activities for your mind

Physical-physical fitness, overall health, and diet

Spiritual-creating a belief system and values, and living by them

It really boils down to a focus on Mind, Body, and Spirit.  Focusing on wellness in your own life has many huge benefits.  One that is top of mind to most people in the 22nd century is managing stress.  The fast food, technology heavy, keep-up-with-the-Joneses lives of individuals today takes its toll on people’s health and relationships.  This is easily verifiable by looking at the rising statistics of obesity, heart disease and cancer.  All of which are influenced by overall wellness.

Several years ago (at least 10)  I heard Will Smith on the David Letterman show talking about how he managed stress.  His advice and regimen included 30 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of reading, and 10 minutes of quiet contemplation daily.  That sounds to me like Mr Smith was ahead of the curve on living a life of wellness!

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services employers who implement wellness programs have employees who are more productive when at work, miss fewer work days, and incur lower health care costs.  All of these reasons are great for individuals to attempt to gain higher wellness in their personal lives as well.  Who doesn’t want to go to the doctor less, miss fewer days of work due to illness and be more productive in life in general?!

Wellness can be achieved through a focus on three main areas, physical fitness, and mindfulness.  Through physical fitness you can impact the physical, social and emotional aspects of wellness.  Through mindfulness the spiritual, intellectual and occupational aspects are addressed.  So although trying to impact all six dimensions of wellness can seem a daunting task focusing on these two primary aspects will have big rewards.

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Wellness

  1. I have the same problem with commitment to exercise, especially walking/running,

    I would do well for a few days and be consistent, until I would easily find a reason not to run or walk on a particular day, and that would be it, the next day it would be virtually impossible to find the motivation to start up again.

    I will now actively look until I find group to joint, where I will fit into, as self motivation is my achilles heel.

    Thanks for the ideas an inspiration.

    All the best
    Gary

    1. Great, Gary!  Finding a group to join is a great first step!  Accountability is huge, and it’s a good way to form friendships with those on the same journey as yourself.  Many times these groups have experienced runners who also act as coaches/mentors. Best of luck to you! 

  2. Great site here. I love that stone tower picture. Did you take it yourself?

    I started getting into spirituality as of last year. Meditation, yoga, and trying to maximize my body in order for it to help fuel my life. This was a great feel good article and a fun read.

    1. Thanks Chris, no I didn’t take that particular picture myself, however I have a number of other photos of rock stacks that I will be posting periodically.  Good job getting into meditation and yoga.  Those are a couple of my favorite things to do also!

  3. Hi! Thanks for such a great article.

    I think a lot of the problem today is that people are obsessed with “stuff.” Having stuff, getting more of it and better stuff than your neighbor. No wonder we’re all fat and stressed out. Do we really need all that stuff?

    Exercise is a big stress reliever for me. Years ago families used to talk walks after dinner around the neighborhood and socialize with other people. What do you think about taking a daily walk after dinner to reduce stress and promote wellness?

    1. Thanks for your comment Barb!  I couldn’t agree with you more!  The Dalai Lama points out that one of the major problems in our society is that “People were created to be loved, and things are created to be used, but today people love things and use people”

      A walk after dinner is a great task in wellness, not only does it promote physical fitness, it can promote the social aspect of wellness, and it aids in digestion which is part of the physical realm as well!

  4. What a lovely post, Janet.

    For years I’ve been doing various things that promote my own wellness and have found that all the little, very ordinary things I do to relieve stress, eat right, move well and maintain my body, mind and spirit seem to be cumulative.

    I don’t seem to suffer from quite the same level of stress or get quite as ill as some of my friends who are not so mindful of themselves. Hmmm.

    It’s funny. If you do pay just a little bit of attention to yourself and your own needs, the rewards can be really huge later in life.

    1. Thanks for your comment Netta, and you are so right!  Small changes have a cumulative effect.  Glad you are on the right path!

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