The entity of wellness is similar to your favorite dessert; it has individual ingredients, that when mixed together, create something gratifying. If any of the ingredients are lacking, then the desert may seem a bit ‘off’ or just not taste as good.
The same is true with wellness – if any WELLTHY ingredient is lacking, you may start to feel out of balance, unwell, or simply unhappy.
You likely already have aspects of your life that are healthy and positive. However, you cannot have optimal health if certain areas of your life are lacking, or are weak. Therefore, in order to live a life filled with wellness, you need to nurture all areas of your life.
The following are the ingredients of Wellness:
1) Think Well
The first ingredient of wellness is your intellectual wellness. This aspect involves developing new ways of thinking and keeping your mind fit. When you are choosing to remain curious and engage in learning and discovery, you are nurturing your intellectual health. Activities to enhance your mental health include: reading, mind games, learning a new skill, changing your routine, seeking out challenges, etc.
You have thousands of thoughts that run through your mind each day. How many of them are positive vs. how many of them are negative? Being aware of your thoughts allow you to be better at controlling them. So many of us have a recurring mixtape of thoughts telling us made up stories that cause us to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or in a state of inaction. Instead, take control and decide which thoughts you choose to listen to and which you choose to ignore.
2) Be Socially Well
Being socially well involves who you surround yourself with. It is your squad, your tribe, or your network of people you spend your time with. Social wellness is a key element to living well, and to enhance this area you need to establish relationships with people who build you up and raise your standards.
Social wellness also involves knowing how to implement boundaries with people. If you are a people pleaser, it may be tricky to say no when asked for your time. However, learning to choose who you extend your time and energy to can be a game-changer to a life of wellness.
3) Work Well
This element of wellness centers around your career and wealth. It involves how you choose to make a living, how you seek fulfillment in your life, and how you attract and manage money. Our work life is a key entity to our identity so it’s important to make a living that is a reflection of who you are and what you enjoy. Because our work is also so much tied to money, knowing how to manage our income is also key.
Its also important to note that in order to have a thriving work-life (and reduce overwhelm), it is essential that there also be a work-life balance. Take the time to recharge yourself, and set limits as to how long you spend working. Don’t overexert yourself, but instead pay attention to what needs to get done now and what can get done later.
4) Eat Well
This area of wellness is fairly obvious and is usually one of the first aspects people think of when they think of health & wellness. It consists of the food you choose to consume, and how often you consume it. It’s how you decide to nourish your body, and how you fuel yourself. It’s also important to reflect on how you are using food. Are you eating for nourishment or are you doing it for emotional fulfillment? Are you making food decisions based on self-love (i.e for fuel) or self-hatred (i.e. dieting)? Are you restricting certain foods, or are you maintaining a sense of balance?
5) Move Well
Movement is key to good health, as it improves your longevity and overall vitality. It involves consistently doing movement that is energizing and feels good. It is about choosing to exercise out of love for yourself (and not purely to lose weight) In order for you to effectively incorporate movement into your life, it’s also important that the movement works for you, and fits your schedule and life (otherwise, you likely won’t stick with it).
6) Be Spiritually Well
Spiritual wellness consists of aiming for a sense of peace and harmony in life. Even though many people equate spirituality with religion, you do not need to be religious (or apart of a certain religious group) to be healthy. Instead, spirituality is about understanding your beliefs, values, and ethics, and using them as a guide. It involves seeking to understand what your desires are as a person and making an effort to go after such desires. It involves growing as a person, and having the awareness and desire to become better.
7) Feel Well
Emotional wellness is the ability to enjoy life, while also managing its stressors. It focuses on learning to acknowledge and feel our everyday emotions, rather than deny them. Often people try to push down our emotional pain, but in doing so, it is only prolonging the healing process. It also involves your physical state and ways you can improve it (i.e. how energized we feel). Incorporating activities such as adequate sleep, relaxation, and things that spark joy are key to feeling well.
8) Be Surrounded Well
Being surrounded well means creating an environment that is uplifting. It involves decluttering and up-leveling your surroundings, including personal belongings, homes, and community. Enriched surroundings also include enriched experiences, so seeking out such experiences is vital. This can be done by seeking out rewarding opportunities, and occurrences. It’s important to reflect on how your space is influencing you, as it is an area we often forget.