What Is Wellness, And How To Achieve It

What is wellness?

What is wellness? The WHO defines Wellness as: 

“…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

– The World Health Organization

Wellness is more than just not being physically ill.  It encompasses additional vital elements of each individual’s life.   It includes peer groups and the mental health of each person.  The way we achieve wellness, is developing our awareness of how we feel, and making changes toward living our best most fulfilling life.

Wellness helps us achieve more

Feeling good mentally, physically, and socially does more than just help us feel better, it helps us do more with our time.  

“a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.”

– The National Wellness Institute

Wellness can also be the gateway to achieving what we want to accomplish in life.  When we are physically strong, mentally awake, and feel part of our social groups; we thrive.  Not just because we have access to networking, but also because we feel more connected and confident. 

How To Achieve Wellness

Some basic tips for achieving wellness deal with the 8 dimensions of wellness.  These dimensions include: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual wellness.  

Easy Tips To Wellness:

  • Know what is important to you, and make those things happen in your life.
  • Socialize with a supportive and positive peer group.
  • Find work and hobbies that support a sense of connection and purpose.
  • Put less energy into or end toxic relationships.
  • Take care of yourself with good habits for eating, sleeping, and physical activity.
  • Find the best in each day and remember the things you are grateful for.
  • Seek out what you want from life, and the value of choosing your own path.

Lay Off The Screen Time

According to Mental Health America, “Perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect your health from the harmful effects of nighttime lighting is to limit screen time after the sun goes down.”

Our minds and bodies react to light.  We typically wake and are active during the day and sleep at night.  Light in general signals us to be awake.  During the day the sun emits it’s highest levels of blue light.   Blue light after the sun goes down affects your sleep, by inhibiting the production of melatonin.

Melatonin is known for being a sleep aid, but it is also naturally occurring in your body.  It helps you become sleepy and get restful sleep.  If you’re using electronics such as your laptop, TV, or smartphone during the evening hours, it will signal your body to hold off producing this vital element and get in the way of getting the sleep you need.

Takeaway

Wellness is your overall mental, physical, and social health. Paying attention to people and situations that improve or hinder your wellness, is how you get the most out of life. Keep an eye on how you’re feelings and make changes when things aren’t working.  Ultimately the goal is to live more, and worry less.

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