We all hear the term “wellness” pretty often nowadays. What does it make you think of? Do you instantly think physical well-being? Emotional? Both? Neither? Something else?
Turns out wellness has a broad definition, but many people think of it simply as “being well”. So what is that “well” that we refer to? It’s not just the absence of illness but rather a balanced mind and body. Simply put, to be well we must nurture at least these five areas in order to feel (and look) our best.
We can choose to fill our bodies with junk or with carefully prepared whole foods. “Whole foods” is really simply eating unprocessed foods in an array of colors. Physical wellness is about being conscious of the foods we eat, moving our bodies, being proactive about healthy choices, stretching, moving, exercising and feeling good in our bodies. Being healthy has a significant impact on our attitudes and lives and achieving optimal health through conscious decisions is vital.
Emotional wellness is a tough one. Throughout each day we are bombarded with stressors and have to make choices on how we react and how we think. Emotional wellness is about your attitude, optimism, self-awareness and self acceptance. It’s about feeling supported and offering support. It’s about loving yourself and loving how you feel about your choices.
Connecting with friends is an important aspect of wellness. Social wellness involves participating in your community and circles. It’s feeling connected with a group of like-minded people and friends. Social wellness and balance comes from having meaningful relationships with family, friends, co-workers and colleagues.
Spiritual wellness is not necessarily religious but if religion plays a big part in your life, there is a great overlap. Spirituality gives us a sense of purpose and meaning in life, expands our harmony and brings a sense of inner connectedness with oneself and peace. Taking time to be alone, especially out in nature, often natures our spirituality.
This is more about the ability to open your mind, improve your skills and learn new things. It’s a stimulating part of life that comes from reading, studying, travel and trying new things. Intellectual wellness is about soaking up life experiences and growing from them.
Balancing all of these aspects and nurturing your body, mind and soul is what will help you ultimately achieve the highest levels of wellness and feel and look great every day!