The 6 Areas Of Wellness: The Secret To Living A Happy Life
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably read an article or saw a post somewhere on the endless void that is the internet about health and wellness.
Health is something that a majority of us know a lot about (if you don’t, I suggest reading this!). Even a talk with your doctor will inform you on the areas that need improvement, but what about your wellness?
First off, let me explain exactly what the difference between health and wellness really are. Your health is based on how well you are treating your mind and body, whereas wellness is being aware of what you need to do to live a healthy lifestyle and doing it.
A lot of us know what it is that we need to do to improve our health, but often find it hard to make the necessary changes to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I get it, old habits die hard – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Understanding what it means to live a wellness lifestyle is the first step to being able to live a healthier life. So with that being said:
What are the 6 areas of wellness?
Learning how to identify which area of your wellness needs more attention is the key to living a healthy life, so let’s jump right in.
Take care of your body by getting the right amount of exercise, eating the right foods and regularly seeing your doctor. Most of us know how to physically take care of ourselves, it’s the act of doing that makes our “bod goals” seem so unreachable.
But your physical wellness isn’t just about looking good, it’s about knowing and understanding what your body needs to function at its prime.
Taking the proper vitamins, drinking enough water and getting the right amount of sleep will also greatly impact the status of your physical state.
5 things you can do to improve your physical health are:
- Exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes per day
- Cook more nutritious foods and eat out less
- Drink water (half your body weight in ounces every day)
- Take your vitamins (ask your doctor what they recommend)
- Sleep 7 – 9 hours every night
Accepting your feelings and learning how to cope with them in a healthy way is the key to optimizing your emotional wellness.
Instead of spiraling into your head whenever you start to feel any sort of negative emotion, try tackling your feelings head on. Figure out what’s causing you to feel the way that you do and learn how to either change or accept it.
Understanding how to tell the difference between something you can change and something you need to accept is a big part of your emotional well-being. When negative emotions start to cloud our judgement it can seem difficult, maybe even impossible to be able to change the situation we are in.
But just remember that your life is completely in your control, even If something’s happened to you that you aren’t able to change, you’re still able to change the way you respond.
Pro Tip: Try reading up on some different self care tips – taking the time to relax and do the things you enjoy will help keep your head level and give you time to heal from any negative emotions.
Building honest and true connections with others is a huge part of improving your well-being and having a good, supportive circle of friends and family around you is the best way to do just that.
These relationships are there for your during even the most difficult times of your life and will often help you with any support you may need. Take the time to nourish and build stronger bonds with those you care about.
Whether you’re religious or not, living for something and finding your purpose in life also plays a big part in your personal wellness.
What are your values? What drives you to become a better version of yourself? Answering these kinds of philosophical questions is the best way to become more in tune with your spiritual wellbeing.
Once you know why you’re doing what you’re doing it will only improve your chances of becoming a more successful and happy version of yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself “why?”.
The day you decide that you know enough is the day you fail.
Expanding your knowledge is apart of growing as a person. Make it a point to learn something new every day, even if it’s something small. Just open up your mind to the opportunity to grow and change like we were meant to and use that new knowledge to teach someone else.
Even though you’ll ever know everything (your teenage self might disagree), stimulating your mind and expanding your knowledge every day will greatly improve your self confidence. It could even help you find your purpose in life.
I’m sure at one point in your life you’ve had a job that you just knew wasn’t right for you, We’ve all been there. Understanding the difference between a bad week at work and a job that’s not right for you is the first step to improving your career wellbeing.
Don’t stay at a job because you feel like you have too. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing then you’re just wasting your time. Life is meant to be loved, and it’s hard to love when you’re stuck at a 9-5 job that makes you feel like less than you are.
I get it, certain financial situations could prevent you from being able to leave a toxic work environment. However, as long as you’re working towards something greater and you have an end goal in mind, all of your hard work will pay off.
Finding the perfect balance between the 6 areas of wellness may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to tackle all six at once, but rather pick one area you need the most work on, improve it, and go from there.
Living a healthy lifestyle is something that anyone at any age can achieve, all it takes is the courage to go out of your comfort zone and make the necessary changes.