You must have heard about wellness at some point in your life by now or at least you must have heard a person or two talk about intentional living. Somehow you have tried to join in perhaps to look as good as they do, to be financially free or even to find a job that you derive satisfaction from.
For the wrong reasons or even for the right reasons you have tried and failed or had some wins in your quest for wellness.
Maybe you have given up on achieving wellness because you feel you can’t be vegan, can’t exercise everyday or do yoga!
You could care less about occupational wellness because you are even lucky to have a job at all and should be thankful for any kind of job in this economy#Nigeria
You use #selflove all the time on social media and you know you sell yourself short but are grateful for even being in some people’s lives because you feel like they are doing you a favour being friends with you.
You know you should save more, have a financial plan and take more control of your finances and you try. But, along the line you gave up because YOLO
The first thing that comes to mind when a person hears holistic wellness is good health. They are tons of awesome “holistic” wellness platforms that promote only one aspect of wellness; physical wellness.
It is commonly assumed that if we eat right, stop using chemical products, exercise more and abstain from habits that lead to cancer, diabetes and other diseases we would achieve wellness but holistic wellness is way beyond good health.
What Is Holistic Wellness?
The word “holistic” simply refers to “the whole” instead of a separation into parts.
Wellness is the process of learning about and engaging in behaviours that would likely result in optimal health.
When we put the words holistic and wellness together. Holistic wellness is a state of total/complete balance of mind, body and soul that can be achieved through intentional living in all 8 dimensions.
The different dimensions of wellness complement each other and go hand in hand.
They are basically eight (8) dimensions of wellness.
Basic knowledge of the eight dimensions of wellness will surely help you inculcate wellness in your everyday life.
Physical wellness is simply about taking proper measures to promote general body and mind health. Habits like eating right, exercising, sleeping well, avoiding tobacco and other practices that may put one’s life at risk.
Environmental wellness simply refers to the ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our neighbourhood or our planet contributes to environmental wellness.
Financial wellness is a feeling of satisfaction about your financial situation. Money is one factor that stresses the hell out of people. The ability to be intentional about making, saving, spending and investing money are all attributes of a financially well person
Occupational wellness is the ability to derive personal fulfilment from your job or chosen career field while still maintaining balance in your life.
Intellectual wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning.
Social wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. The ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships with family and colleagues is an attribute of a socially well person.
Emotional wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. To acknowledge and share feelings of fear, anger, sadness, stress, love, hope, joy, pain, forgiveness and happiness in a productive manner are all attributes of an emotionally well person.
Spiritual wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop a balance between our religious and personal values
Take these instances:
A person may have great intellectual and physical health but might feel socially or emotionally inadequate. I’m sure you would have read about or at least seen a movie where a really intelligent person creates weapons of mass destruction or even becomes a serial killer.
A person with great spiritual and environmental health might have a terrible financial and occupational health.
That is what happens when people spend time typing “Amen” to prayers on social media, engage in endless stupid fasting for chains to be broken when in all honesty, they are not living a financially healthy life, not working and flirting with financial ruins!
Or when a person has a great career, physical health, financial health, is friends with everyone and then commits suicide out of the blues. And we all say “she seemed so happy” or “Her life was perfect”.
Do these instances sound familiar?
The instances are actually endless, I could literally go on all day. All these people are simply not well and focusing on only one of these dimensions will let other dimensions suffer.