Emotional Wellness is achieved when we have secured some balance by successfully learning to cope effectively with life’s challenges, traumas and transitions. When we have emotional wellness, we feel in control of our feelings, confident in ourselves and our abilities, we can control our behaviours, and can handle the challenges occurring throughout our life. Emotional wellness can lead to resilience and an ability to manage and overcome the challenges life will bring.
Weekly tip: Emotions are energy that need to be burnt off. Suppressing them expands their pressure and power, increasing the risk of them exploding uncontrollably. Start to manage your emotions by identifying them accurately and then processing the trigger and how to problem solve the situations that lead to those triggers. You can use the Emotions wheel activity on page 273 in the book to help with this and using the 12-week journal will help you to identify patterns in your emotions and your behaviours.
Physical Wellness requires you to take care of every action that can lead to physical health problems and protect you from medical issues such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, rest and relaxation and regular health checks. It is important to implement healthy initiatives to prevent health problems such as stroke, heart disease, and mental health issues to name a few.
Weekly tip: Drink 2 to 3 litres of fluids a day. Water helps you feel more energised, it increases mental awareness and focus, and it can even put you in a better mood. You can find out more about boosting your physical wellness on page 95 of 8 Wise Ways to a Healthier Happier Mind.
Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs and leading us to strive for inner peace, harmony with ourselves and others, whilst balancing those inner needs with the needs of the wider world. It promotes self-honesty and awareness, and along with it comes a sense of self-confidence, clear values, and feelings of inner peace. If you are looking for better self-esteem, then you need to develop your spiritual wellness.
Weekly tip: Identify your values and beliefs. They are at the heart of everything we do. Making time to understand yours and manifesting them wisely is vital for a healthy happy life. Click here to download a free tool to help you with this.
Intellectual Wellness is about knowing what interests you and being willing to expand your skills, knowledge and creative abilities. This can be achieved through a multitude of activities such as hobbies, reading, taking a course, learning a new language, playing an instrument – anything that challenges you and takes you out of your comfort zone will help to develop your mental health, intellectual health and overall wellness.
Weekly tip: Try something new every month. Trying something new is a great way to stimulate creativity and brainpower. This helps with generating healthy neural transmitters that keep the brain healthy and functioning effectively.
Environmental Wellness promotes a positive interaction with nature and our personal environment, inspiring us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings and provides us with safe, inspiring and healthy spaces. If you feel unsafe in your environment, or if your surroundings are in chaos, it’s difficult to feel good and when you don’t feel good your wellness perishes.
Weekly tip: Declutter a space. Decluttering can help you feel calmer, less stressed and more in control. A tidy space brings a tidy mind. You can find out more about boosting your environmental wellness on page 152 of 8 Wise Ways to a Healthier Happier Mind.
Social Wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact with others. Social wellness involves building healthy, nurturing and supportive relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around you. It also includes the ability to balance the unique needs of romantic relationships with other parts of your life and other social systems in your life.
Weekly tip: Develop healthy relationships. Healthy, positive relationships require open communication, empathy, and personal accountability. It’s the only control we have when it comes to people.
Occupational Wellness Occupational wellness focuses on having a good work life balance, building relationships with colleagues and effectively managing stress within the workplace. Therefore, occupational wellness is important because we spend so much time at work, we need to enjoy what we do because when we do, we have a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
Weekly tip: Maintain a healthy wok life balance. A good work life balance is essential for avoiding burnout and reducing your stress levels. Time management plays a crucial role in this. Check out the ‘Minute by minute’ exercise on the our website to help you start building those core time management skills. Click here.
Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses, emotionally and rationally. It starts with understanding what money means to you and implementing effective management tools and skills from there. It plays a critical role in our lives and impacts health as well as our lifestyle so is important to learn to balance it with all your other wellness elements.
Weekly tip: Learn to manage your money. There is no escape from money. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to live a life where money is not a determining factor to the quality of your life, so managing it is crucial. Start with budgeting an speak with a financial advisor if you are unsure where you need to focus first. Many banks offer this service for free. You can find out more about boosting your financial wellness on page 190 of 8 Wise Ways to a Healthier Happier Mind.
These tips and many more resources and tools are available as part of the 8 Wise™ Wellness Programme which is available as one to one coaching sessions, Live training, Pre-recorded videos, through our book resources and Podcast and through our new membership site, launching soon. Through the programme you can develop the knowledge and skills needed to ‘Live the 8 Wise Way’ and develop optimal mental health and wellbeing for an improved quality of life.
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