What is Wellness?
Wellness is an attitude! A recognizable, on-going condition of the spirit!
Well people ask these questions every day:
- Am I taking responsibility for what I am doing?
- Am I doing what I am doing with enthusiasm and a positive spirit?
- Am I giving what I am doing my best effort?
- Am I acting in the best interest of the common good?
The Elements or Domains of Wellness
Social Wellness - refers to your level of social interaction and how it pertains to your health. Some of the most powerful predictors of long-term physical and psychological well-being surround friendship. This area of wellness focuses on caring about others, the value of close friendships, group associations, and our willingness to seek out others during stressful times. In general, people who are closely connected with others enjoy better long-term physical and psychological health.
Physical Wellness - promotes physical fitness and long-term bodily health. In addition to exercise, this component promotes good eating habits and seeks the avoidance of other risky daily behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, unsafe sex. In general, people who are committed to fitness, good eating, and respect for one's body usually have better long-term physical and psychological health.
Emotional Wellness - refers to the psychological and emotional outlook that people hold concerning their lives. High levels of emotional wellness are associated with an optimism and enthusiasm about life, as well as an ability to acknowledge the stress sometimes felt, and a willingness to talk with others about it. In general, having these qualities are associated with better long-term physical and psychological health.
Career Wellness - includes planning strategies and the nourishment of attitudes that are most often associated with success in college, a career, parenting, and other dimensions of life. Our general sense of motivation, dedication, honesty, and responsibility will impact our attitude and commitment to whatever tasks we undertake, and, in turn, directly impact our degree of happiness and self-satisfaction. Having a healthy sense of drive to succeed, determination to see a project through to its end, and an adherence to responsible and ethical standards is associated with better long-term physical and psychological health.
Intellectual Wellness - is a state of mind - a way of approaching the world of ideas unrelated to I.Q. or college board scores. The more that people are intellectually excited by what they are doing, the healthier they are. This component of wellness considers such things as our enjoyment of exploring new ideas, generating creative solutions to problems, playing with new sights and sounds, and approaching novel situations with an open mind.
Environmental Wellness - encompasses the ways we think and act in preserving our living planet. Behaviors and attitudes that promote environmental wellness may or may not affect your health directly. Nevertheless, it is certain that having an interest in a variety of problems in our society and in the world in general will directly affect the quality of life for all of us.
Spiritual Wellness - is not concerned with just the nature of your religious beliefs or specific religious practices. Rather, it deals with broad spiritual experiences that most of us have had that may or may not be related to religion. Having a sense of interconnected respect for all life forms or becoming lost in meditation, poetry, music, or prayer can have profound positive physical and psychological consequences.
Financial Wellness - focuses on personal financial decisions while at SMU and later in life, including managing money, using credit cards, and making major purchases. Financial Wellness is having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes. Maintaining that balance consists of being comfortable with where your money comes from and where it is going.