The past few months had been extremely busy for me and I haven’t had the time to pen all my thoughts down. Now that my schedule has more or less settled I can spend more time here on the blog and continue the series which I have put on hold.
Since last year I have been tweaking my exercise and diet routine and experimenting on several different things to increase my energy levels. Taking care of ones personal mental wellness is essential and I’m determined to take very good care of myself.
is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
It is extremely important to take care of one’s mental health in order to do well in life. You need a balance to be able to function at an optimal level.
There are many aspects in mental wellness that one has to take note of. The factors that make up wellness are defined in the poster above.
- Emotional wellness
the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring through acknowledging and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner.
- Physical Wellness
the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.)
- Financial Wellness
the ability to be financially sufficient with an understanding of spending habits, To be able to budget and plan for financial freedom.
- Social wellness
the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world through establishing and maintaining positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers.
- Mental wellness
the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruence between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together
- Environmental wellness
the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us and how we can make a positive impact on the quality of our environment.
- Intellectual wellness
the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment through the desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning .
- Spiritual wellness
the ability to understand GOD and his WORD. To have a purpose of live based on the values and teaching of GOD.
All these eight dimensions have to be well integrated for one to have a balanced life. It is no mean feat for one to achieve and it does need a lot of effort for one not to neglect one dimension in favor of another.
Is it possible to simultaneous develop all these different dimensions at the same time?
This is a question which I have pondered over for quite a while. I deliberated on how to achieve it given my current situation and understanding. There isn’t a model answer to this question but what I do know that it is certainly doable if one takes calculated steps to attain the desired goal.
In the next few posts I will be going through all the above mentioned points in detail starting with Emotional Wellness.
What have you been doing to develop yourself?