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The Path to Wellness

You’ve probably heard of the term “wellness.” But have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Wellness is about becoming healthier in all parts of your life. It’s about having a healthy body and mind.

There are eight different components of wellness. They are:

  1. Emotional—understanding your feelings, expressing them, and trying to be more positive.

  2. Environmental—spending time in places that make you feel happy, healthy, and safe.

  3. Financial—understanding your finances, living within your means, and planning for your future.

  4. Intellectual—learning new things, being creative, and staying open to new ideas.

  5. Occupational—feeling good about your work.

  6. Physical—being physically active, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep.

  7. Social—feeling a sense of belonging, having a strong support system, and building healthy relationships.

  8. Spiritual—feeling a sense of connection, purpose, and peace in your life.

Improving Your Wellness

When you know about the eight different parts of wellness, it can help you make choices that support your mental and physical health every day. Here are some things you can do to boost your wellness:

  • Avoid drugs and limit alcohol. Don’t smoke.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Focus on getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, and low-fat dairy products. Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.

  • Exercise. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity, such as walking, at least five days a week.

  • Visit your doctor regularly. Talk openly with your doctor about any concerns you have about your physical or mental health.

  • Manage stress. Talk with someone you trust about your problems, concerns, and stress. Spend time with people who bring you joy.

Wellness doesn’t happen overnight. It’s about the steps you take every single day to live a healthier, happier life.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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