Personal wellness means having a wholesome approach to self-care. Perhaps, endless quarantines have left people to their own devices, giving them more time for deeper self-assessment and objective inquisition of lifestyle choices that no longer promote longevity or growth.
It is high time that more people learn the importance of continuously monitoring and caring for their well-being.
What is Wellness: Why checking on yourself always comes first
The term well-being is defined as the state of achieving balance, satisfaction, and an abundance of zeal in most (if not all) aspects of one’s life. It is a general terminology that comprises the different aspects of a person’s life. Other words and phrases associated with it are happiness, having a sense of purpose, effective stress management, inner peace, financial and emotional stability.
Psychology identified five different types of wellness, namely:
- Physical or having a well-functioning body and system. It also covers eating a balanced diet and engaging in physical activities.
- Emotional wellness focuses on managing stressors, staying in tune with one’s feelings and mood patterns, acknowledging certain triggers, and openly finding ways to express emotions more healthily and thoughtfully.
- Workplace well-being is about pushing for your passions and pursuing career paths aligned with your hobbies and interests. When you have good workplace wellness, you experience consistent growth while finding a deeper purpose in what you choose to do.
- Social delves into a person’s capability to build and sustain lasting, non-toxic relationships with the people around them. Acing the social department means you can connect with people without causing tension or unwanted drama.
- Societal covers assimilating oneself into a community and thriving within a cultural, norm-based context.
The proper way to measure your wellness
How is wellness or well-being measured?
The answer is to use both objective and subjective measurements-
In other words, conduct regular self-checking while seeking professional assistance at the same time. Well being is health in all aspects. You need to reflect on your imperfections and strengths and absorb constructive criticism aimed at helping you build your core from the ground up.
Subjective measurements could be any of the following:
A popular self-check method, journaling involves writing down your thoughts freely as a therapeutic means to cope with anxiety, depression, and unhealthy thought patterns.
It includes recording daily dietary intake, physical activities, and even small milestones, such as overcoming social isolation and shyness.
Compared to writing journal entries, diaries are more detailed. You narrate significant events of your day or week (depending on your preference). Diaries also contain your thoughts, opinions, and raw feelings about the people or events that impact your life.
Creating short and long-term goals
Your goals may be concentrated on one or more aspects of your life. It can be about your finances, career, long-term relationships, or even self-image.
Whether you decide to exercise [no matter how old you are/for all ages], embark on more nature-themed adventures, try yoga and other types of workout systems, recreational activities are effective in expanding body awareness and monitoring your health.
On the other hand, here are some ways you can measure your wellness objectively:
The keyword objectively pertains to the inclusion of science and data to analyze where your overall health stands.
Therapy and other forms of psychological assessment
Seeking the help of a licensed mental health professional is an effective way of unearthing past issues in your life that could be impeding your road towards achieving a balanced state. Psychological assessment either through well-being scales or stress management tests narrow down your thought patterns, communication styles, and feelings into a set of more easily digestible information. These scales and tests allow you to pinpoint your weaknesses, strengths, and grey areas more easily.
Appointments with your physician are another way of determining how you can boost your wellness. Underlying health conditions directly impact how well a person responds to negative experiences. For instance, if a person has a history of cardiovascular and circulatory problems, they might experience difficulty in handling highly agitating situations. People struggling to regulate their body mass or change their figure may be susceptible to peer pressure and thus feel too overwhelmed to be more comfortable in their skin.
Expanding knowledge on well-being, inner peace, and psychology
Knowledge is a powerful tool. The more you read up on scientific studies, theories, and research dedicated to understanding the concept of wellness, the more you learn how to make conscious choices that benefit your development.
In the past, well-being was isolated to just adopting a more active lifestyle or hitting the gym more frequently. While exercising and staying fit is not bad, the twisted way that mainstream media translated wellness left people feeling distraught and pressured. From the exclusive ‘summer bod’ goals to the beauty standards that only apply to a select few, ‘fitness’ was soon rebranded as ‘looking like the supermodels and celebrities you see on social media and TV.
There are no magic tricks to improving your well-being. It is a step-by-step process dependent on each individual.
Listen to your body
Stop ignoring recurring discomforts, tolerating unhealthy eating and sleeping habits, or downplaying drastic changes in your physique. Reflect on your behavior and emotions. Your feelings are valid, but how you act on your emotions indicates whether you are currently in a good or bad place. Find a way to rearrange your thoughts.Not everything has to be in black and white. Deconstruct old opinions and accept fresh points of view into your system. It will make you see things differently and unveil the layers of façade you use to conceal your true self.
Stop comparing yourself to others
You need to take a good look at yourself in the mirror and embrace yourself for who you are. Each person has a unique body, dietary needs, personality, perspective, family and work dynamics, and goals in life. Pitting yourself against other individuals will only push you down a rabbit hole void of self-acceptance and peace.