At the beginning of each new year, we get this feeling of wanting to start over. We are hopeful that things will be better this time. Everyone on social media is posting new year, new me. But among your big plans for transformation, is there room for personal wellness?
Dr. Bill Hettle, a co-founder of the National Institute of Wellness, came up with the 7 dimensions of wellness. These dimensions are thought to be a holistic approach to living a healthy and happy life.
They are all linked, so it's essential to pay attention to each area to create a harmonious balance.
Your intellect sparks wonder and curiosity within you. As you stretch and build your understanding, you become better at processing information, which in turn helps with your emotional wellness. Positive intellectual wellness also boosts your creativity and active learning.
An excellent way to build your intellectual wellness is to create a reading list based on your interests. Instead of struggling with books that bore you, pick up one that excites you. You'll be surprised at how many you can go through in a year!
In this digital age, having real social connections is a challenge. We need to reset our view of what healthy social interactions are. Social media gets us hooked with posting our highlight reels while comparing ourselves to our friends' (and strangers!) highlight reels.
However, only showing the best of ourselves online makes us feel inadequate because our lives aren't always perfect. And neither are your friends' lives perfect. Watching everyone posting how they're having fun 24/7 makes you wonder why your life sucks.
A healthier approach is to build real connections with the people who matter to us. Some people opt to delete all their social media apps, but that isn't practical in this day and age. Social media is still essential for work and news.
Cutting down on your social media usage is the more realistic path to take.
Instead of mindlessly scrolling on the phone whenever you're bored, allocate a portion of your average social media time to catching up with loved ones either on Facetime, the phone, or in person.
Start by using 20 minutes of the time you'd spend online weekly to call your former workmate or classmate.
Spirituality means having a connection to something larger than ourselves. Healthy spiritual wellness makes us feel less alone and is the basis for positive thinking.
Commit yourself to daily meditation to reset your spiritual wellness. You might consider your schedule too packed for meditating, but with a bit of organization, you'll enjoy countless benefits.
Most people focus their new year's goals on their physical wellness. Take it a step further by viewing your wellness from a holistic angle.
Your physical well-being has a significant effect on your overall wellness. Your diet and exercise affect your outlook on life and your emotions. Physical goals don't need to be daunting, like running two marathons in one year or adopting a strict fad diet.
You can choose to eat in and cook food at home more often, or get active for 30 minutes (dancing, biking to work, swimming, or brisk walking.
The spaces we spend time in shape our environmental wellness.
If you spend most of your time in a neon-lit office building surrounded by people who make you feel inadequate, it erodes your happiness. You might not have much control over your office or classroom space, but set aside enough time to go out into nature and rejuvenate.
Craft your home into a space that gives you peace. Try out the Japanese principles of feng shui which emphasize on decluttering, maximum natural light and air flow, and working within your lucky numbers.
Our occupational wellness goes beyond work/life balance. It also includes the feeling that your work is fulfilling and meaningful.
One tip to add fulfillment to your job is practicing open communication with your boss and coworkers. Most times, miscommunication happens when we assume we are being heard even when we aren't explaining ourselves clearly.
Emotional wellness holds everything together. A dip in any area manifests in poor emotional wellness. Being emotionally healthy doesn't mean you'll never get angry or upset. Instead, it means being able to acknowledge, understand, and deal with the various emotions that you experience.
One of the best ways to support healthy emotional well-being is to journal daily. Writing things down helps you explore and process your emotions. When you look back at past entries, you'll see how much you've grown in dealing with your feelings.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team