As summer break comes to an end, it’s important to remember that your mindset determines how your days will go. As you transition back to classes and/or work, make sure that you are still taking care of yourself both mentally and physically. August is not only the start of Fall semester, but it is also National Wellness Month. According to the National Wellness Institute, wellness is defined as an active process through which people become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence. Wellness not only builds resilience but it allows us to thrive in the midst of life’s challenges. The National Wellness Institute tells us about the Six Dimensions of Wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual.
Emotional wellness gives us the power to identify and regulate our emotions in a mature and productive manner. Occupational wellness emphasizes our happiness within the workplace. This forces us to ask ourselves tough questions about the position or career path we have chosen: are you happy with your job? Does your work give you a sense of accomplishment and pride? Do you feel challenged and ultimately is there room for growth and personal development? Occupational wellness is somewhat connected to intellectual wellness as they both relate to self-fulfillment. Intellectual wellness reminds us of the importance of intellectual stimulation and being cognitively engaged. An article in Medium Lifestyle tells us that reading books, learning new skills, exploring new environments and asking questions are all means of nurturing our intellectual wellness. A healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition, exercise habits, consistent sleep patterns and a good work-life balance keeps us on track with our physical wellness. Social wellness is precisely the state of our personal social network. Outside of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other actual social networks, social wellness allows us to pay closer attention to our social interactions and friendships with those that we actually encounter in real life and on a regular basis. When we engage in positive social interactions, we tend to build a stronger network of friendships and live longer happier lives. And lastly, spiritual wellness encourages us to nurture our spirituality, this could be through prayer, meditation or spending time in nature. By applying these six dimensions in our lives, we create a pathway to optimal living.
Wellness is holistic, meaning that it should be viewed through the connections of each of these dimensions. In each of our lives, these dimensions work together in order to contribute to our health and wellbeing. When one dimension is lacking, it affects all the others. According to Everyday Power people tend to focus on exercise and adequate nutrition as the most crucial points to wellness, but it is important to remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. In fact the two are connected. Your relationships with others, your spiritual well-being and your environment also contribute to your wellness, therefore consistency is key in working toward reaching and achieving your full potential. As we say here at the Counseling and Testing Center; you have to Be Well in order to Do Well. That process starts from the inside, out.