To recap, last week I talked about spiritual wellness and overcoming my fear of sharing. The post was simply the end result of creative inspiration. Now we are finally back on track, this post is long overdue! Let’s talk about what I mean when I say #BeeWell!
#BeeWell is a movement to empower those in their journey to better wellness while inspiring positive conversations about total body, mind, and soul wellness. In my introduction post, I discuss how I view my total body wellness in 6 different dimensions of well. Each dimension is extremely important and they all tie into each other. This post is going to read more like a textbook; but I think it’s important that we all are on the same page. Below is a breakdown of what each dimension of wellness demands from us on a day to day basis.
Spiritual Wellness – A set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to life.
I like to compare spiritual wellness to a moral compass. It is how someone would establish right from wrong, what drives them, and their beliefs. It’s what gives life purpose, meaning, harmony, and balance. Because spiritual wellness is a reflection of your thoughts/desires, and to me, it is most influential of the 6 dimensions. Spiritual wellness will ultimately drive the results in other areas of your wellness. For this reason, I believe that your spiritual wellness is the center of your wellness.
Mental Wellness – A state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use their cognitive and emotional capabilities to function in society and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.
I cannot express the importance of stress management enough. The job ones mental wellness, at it’s core, is to keep your mind unclogged. This is the part of your wellness that controls emotions, reactions, self-esteem, etc. It is so important to put attention on self-care Stress-reduction activities so that you can develop inner resources to ensure learning and growth from these experiences.
Remember, how you view yourself in the spirit, will transfer to the mind.
Physical Wellness – Maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed.
Physical wellness encourages us to care for our bodies through physical activity and proper nutrition. We all know that diet and exercise is important. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week while consuming around 2000 calories per day. Personally, my woes with diet and exercise come and go, but what really sticks out here to me is the end of the definition – seeking care.
Seeking care when needed is vital to ones physical wellness. Before we can do that we have to understand our bodies and listen when it is saying something is wrong. The body you have is the only one you will be given, however a lot of us don’t even take the time to understand its needs. For some reason, seeking care when necessary seems to be contingent on a lot of things for some. Some may be concerned with health insurance or lack of money. It could be a phobia of doctors or doctors’ offices. Or maybe you’re like past me and always pretended to be “too busy” to see a doctor when my body needed medical attention. Often I would use work or school as an excuse to not treat whatever pains my body had. Either way, YOUR BODY decides when it is necessary to seek care, NOT YOU.
Those who are in tune with their bodies generally have great physical wellness practices. I believe that by being proactive and exercising regularly along with having a balanced diet increases the communication you and your body have. The more in tune you are, the less likely you’ll be able to misinterpret potential warning signs.
Financial Wellness – The process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses.
In early education, we learn very little about money directly. We are taught necessary money fundamentals in math. I even remember money and taxes being talked about in history class, however, tips on how to budget and save are not taught. Financial literacy is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety, and fear. With the cost of living and basic expenses increasing, financial distress is inevitable.
Everyone’s financial situation is different, it is up to you to mix and match resources that work best for your needs. Some choose to work 65+ years and retire, while others invest everything they have in order to increase their assets and limit their liabilities launching them into financial freedom. There is nothing wrong with either option; Really, the importance boils down to being aware of all financial resources given to you.
Social Wellness – Maintaining healthy relationships by developing good communication skills.
A huge bonus to maintaining healthy, social wellness allows you to practice empathy and active listening. Social wellness involves building healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships. It includes developing a better understanding of intimacy and genuine connection. This dimension of wellness is centered around the relationships you have with the people around you.
The other, most obvious, portion of social wellness involves your social life. Being mindful of the places you go and who you are with is huge. Surrounding yourself with positivity is known to increase your self-esteem (spiritual health). Energy is transferable. Most likely the mindset of your closest friends will transform yours. So in the words of my grandma, “Mind the company you keep”.
Cultural Wellness – The ability to recognize, understand, accept, and affirm the differences among people.
This is my favorite wellness dimension, for now. Many wellness books do readers a huge injustice by not incorporating a section for cultural wellness. I believe that this is the one and only wellness dimension that can drastically set you forward OR backward in the other 5 dimensions. Learning how to communicate with people who are different from you is imperative because it is the reality of the diversity there is worldwide. Understanding your own culture can give a lot of insight and openness to other cultures. Take time to research and learn about other cultures to become culturally sensitive. Its super important when living with, working with, or sharing a community with people of different backgrounds.
Let’s wrap up
In order to understand what #BeeWell is, we need to understand the different requests of each wellness dimension. To strengthen our understanding, over the next several weeks, I will write about each dimension. My mission is to go further into detail by using my personal examples of how I am currently strengthening my 6 dimensions of wellness.
PS. To those just starting, remember, your wellness is everlasting and something that should be focused on EVERYDAY. Celebrate every baby step forward AND the trials causing you to stumble; They are both important to the journey.