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8 Key Characteristics of Wellness: Why These Are Actually a Pleasant Must

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8 Key Characteristics of Wellness: Why These Are Actually a Pleasant Must

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Hello Wealthy Experienced Woman!

Yes, I’m talking to you!! Thank you for joining us on this wellness journey.

Now, we started this journey with a two-part series on wellness and wealth (part 1 and part 2). During those posts, we explored :

  1. The concept of wellness
  2. How it relates to wealth in its truest form
  3. How wellness is a personal journey
  4. The 8 dimensions of wellness
  5. The importance of balance
  6. How this approach and way can lead to a richer, fuller life

Those posts were a good introduction to wellness.   In fact, for those of you who want to achieve wellness, it’s a solid foundation for you to begin your wellness journey.

However, before you begin your journey toward wellness, it is important that you understand all of its components.  By understanding all of the components, you gain further insight to support ultimate well-being.   Therefore, we will continue on this journey by introducing and exploring the 8 key characteristics of wellness.

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8 Key Characteristics of Wellness

There are 8 key characteristics of wellness:

  1. Multidimensional
  2. Personal & Requires Personal Responsibility
  3. Holistic
  4. Dynamic & Changes Over Time
  5. Influenced by Environment & Society
  6. Positive and Affirming
  7. Seeks & Achieves Vitality
  8. Employs Self-Care

Let’s explore each of these characteristics of wellness beginning with #1, multidimensional.

Characteristics of Wellness #1: Multidimensional

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You may have already gathered that there are many things to consider in achieving a state of wellness.  It requires that you learn to:

  1. Observe every area of your life, and
  2. Honestly note the things that do not support and encourage wellness.

Observe

Since you are multidimensional, then reaching true wellness must also be a multidimensional pursuit.  As humans, you must be parents, friends, colleagues, associates, siblings, bosses, employees, teachers, and students. 

With wellness, you must learn to incorporate all of these areas along with

  1. Your physical body
  2. Your mental makeup
  3. Your spiritual awareness.

If you are ever going to truly experience the great satisfaction that comes from attaining wellness, all of these areas must be included to maintain or develop wellness

Note

If you allow lack to occur in one of these areas then your wellness cannot be complete. It will become tainted by negativity, self-centeredness, or self-destructiveness.

  • Sometimes this will come from an external source that you allow to influence you.
  • Sometimes it will come from your place of work when you experience too much pressure or even fear
  • Sometimes it can come from your friends and family if those people are too consumed by negative and destructive ways. 

As you progress into the heart of wellness, you must learn to recognize when this is the case. Then, you must work earnestly towards bringing about the necessary changes even when it seems extremely difficult.

When considering wellness, take into account your multidimensional life.  Consider:

  • all areas of your daily existence
  • everything that you do or intend to do
  • every relationship that you are a part of
  • every minute that you spend awake.

Your entire being must come to the point of developing wellness. It must if you ever want to truly make it a part of what and who you are.

We’ve explored the multidimensional characteristic. Next, let’s look at the second characteristic of wellness, it is personal and requires personal responsibility.

Characteristics of Wellness #2: Personal & Requires Personal Responsibility

Personal

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There is no one alive in the world today that can inspire complete wellness in your life.  There are people who can point out ways to develop wellness.  They can introduce you to the knowledge and techniques for doing so.  Ultimately it is 100% your own responsibility to enhance the levels of wellness in your life.

It is you who must inspire all the dimensions of wellness including that within your body, mind, and spirit.  It is you who must organize your life in a way that encourages wellness in all areas.

Personal Responsibility

A blue background with white text.  The text says personal responsibility.  A characteristic of wellness.

Hypothetically, if developing wellness were someone else’s responsibility, then it would be contingent. Your ability to develop wellness would be dictated by that person’s behavior and availability.  Even if this were possible, which it isn’t, it would not serve the ideal ultimate aim. The ideal ultimate aim is you becoming aware of your own capacity and ability to develop wellness for yourself.

  • By accepting personal responsibility, you are keeping your power well within your own domain.  This means that you can develop wellness to any degree that you see fit. 
  • You personally ensure that your daily life is ordered. It is regulated towards the development of wellness and you learn that in reality, you are the only one responsible.
  • By learning to look at your life from your own point of view, considering 1. what needs changing, 2. what needs further encouragement, 3. what works and doesn’t work for you, you develop an awareness of your own personal abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

When you approach wellness from this angle, you show yourself that you truly do have the power to be independent, confident, and effective at enhancing positive changes in your life.

In the world of wellness development, there is no greater power. The greater power of realizing that the ability to inspire and encourage wellness comes down three things. Your own level of :

  1. Determination
  2. Willpower
  3. Dedication

Now, the third characteristic of wellness is that it’s holistic.

Characteristics of Wellness #3: Holistic

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In your approach to wellness, you must take into consideration everything that wellness covers. Wellness covers everything 1. physical, 2. mental and 3. spiritual. 

Holism refers to the entire person and all the elements that make up your life, and self.  Each element is one part of a whole, and when one part is amiss, it affects all the other parts.

By covering all the bases, you can ensure that wellness is properly developed in all areas of your life.

Physical

  • Physically you must ensure that you are taking care of your bodies.  You do this by providing it with a good diet to ensure your 1. nutrient, 2. water, and 3. vitamin intake is at a maximum level.  You must also ensure that you are getting enough sleep, physical exercise, and spending the right amount of time outdoors.

Sleep is essential for holistic wellness, aiding in physical and mental health. It rejuvenates the body, supports the immune system, and enhances cognitive functions. Quality sleep boosts energy, mood, and overall well-being. Neglecting sleep harms health, causing stress, reduced productivity, and a weakened immune system. Prioritizing sleep is vital for nurturing both physical and mental aspects of well-being.

Physical exercise helps to improve the basic and essential functions of the body. These functions include such things as blood flow, blood pressure, bone, tendon, and muscle flexibility and strength.  It helps to keep aches and pains at bay.

Spending time outdoors gives you room to breathe and lets the body be invigorated by natural sunlight.  1. Feeling the wind on your skin and 2. listening to the sounds of nature has the effect of giving your mind a break from the daily stresses and pressures of life.

Mental

  • Mentally you must learn to keep a watchful eye over your thoughts and emotions. Concentrate your thoughts on positive means to achieve wellness. When you do, you can guide yourself into attaining greater clarity and control regarding your mental state.  For thousands of years, people have used mantras and meditation to consciously influence their own thought patterns.  Doing this makes it noticeably clear. It becomes clear that you are the one who is in control of how you think and feel internally.

Strengthening this type of mental conditioning over time is beneficial. You gain the ability to remain calm and collected in any circumstance and under any level of pressure.

Spiritual

  • Spiritual wellness comes about when all the areas of your life become balanced.  When you give yourself the right kind of positive attention and when you refrain from destructive and self-centered thoughts and behaviors, your spirit graces you with an overwhelming sense of peace, purpose and contentment.

    This is the ultimate aim of developing wellness in your everyday life and it is also the reason why, once wellness is experienced it must be maintained daily.

Now, the fourth characteristic of wellness is the fact that it is dynamic.

Characteristics of Wellness #4: Dynamic And Changes Over Time

Ripple ripples on water with clouds in the sky.  Represents dynamic.  Characteristic of wellness.

Wellness is not static and does not occur in a vacuum.  At times, you may achieve a high level of wellness in some forms, while others may suffer.  Additionally, your wellness needs can change over time, and you must learn to adapt to these needs. 

Sometimes your mind becomes disturbed by circumstances and people. Other times, you feel completely calm and at peace with everyone and everything.  It is important for you to understand this dynamic nature of wellness.

  • When you come to recognize ‘un-wellness’ in your life, even if it is concerning an area that you previously experienced wellness in, you can make a decision to apply effort in that particular area.

The dynamic nature of wellness requires that you must do your best to apply your development to all the necessary areas in a balanced manner.

What works for your development today may not work for your development tomorrow.  Your mind will change, your circumstances will change, and in turn, your development of wellness will be subject to changes.  Additionally, when one area has developed a sense of wellness you can change your focus and apply it to other areas.

Even though wellness is dynamic the essence stays the same; developing holistic wellness in any and all areas of your life, as best you are possibly able, balancing your time and focus among the areas that are most lacking.

As one area begins to feel whole, alter your focus to another area.

Constantly working in this way will allow you to develop a balanced approach to something that is inherently unbalanced and ever-changing, yourself.

The fifth characteristic of wellness is how it’s influenced by the environment and society.

Characteristics of Wellness #5: Influenced By Environment and Society

It should be obvious now that wellness is an individual experience and something that requires your own personal attention and effort.  By focusing your attention on yourself, your daily activities, and your physical, mental, financial, and spiritual well-being you can encourage or maintain the development of wellness in any area of your life. 

Even though it is absolutely vital that you include your own personal energy in the process, you can also begin to look at the environment you live in and the society of which you are a part.

Environment

A river running through a valley.  Environment.  Environment influences wellness.  Characteristic of wellness.

By molding and shaping your environment, you can enhance your development by ensuring that the places that you spend time in are conducive to your goals.

If your environments are not in tune with your goal of developing wellness then you will face a constant battle of trying to attain an inner state of development while your external world opposes it.

Society

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The same goes for your society, though that is something that is mostly beyond your control.  You cannot dictate the behaviors of society, but what you can dictate is the amount of influence you allow it to have on you and the amount of time you spend being an active part of it.

Eventually, as your wellness develops a strong foundation, you become a tool for encouraging positive changes in society.  As people external to you begin to recognize, consciously and unconsciously, the level of wellness that you have managed to inspire in your own life will likely inspire them.  This has the effect of inspiring others to investigate the same aims.

Considering your environment and society, you can further enhance your ability to develop wellness.  Consider what is working towards wellness and inspire more of that and at the same time consider what is working against wellness and do your best to remove the influence that it has over your life.

The sixth characteristic of wellness is that it is positive and affirming.

Characteristics of Wellness #6: Positive And Affirming

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Inspiring and developing wellness has the effect of moving you forward, towards your goals.  It confirms and affirms your inner strength and ability to change your life for the better. 

Wellness positively improves your physical, mental, and spiritual health and strength.  It takes you constantly to higher realms of being than those that you have had access to before.  This is what ‘wellness is positive and affirming’ means.

When your mind and life are left in a state of unawareness, meaning left without having added any effort to inspire, develop or improve, you feel that everything is beyond your control.  You have either good luck or bad luck and there is nothing that can be done about it. 

Each day you wake up and you either feel good or you feel bad.  Things happening in the world around and to you either inspires positive thoughts and emotions or negative thoughts and emotions.  In most cases, this is not a very nice place to be.

You feel dictated by the world, and the majority of the world is self-centered and without inspiration.  You feel a great lack or void somewhere within your life.

On the other hand, when you take personal responsibility for your thoughts, actions, and emotions, when you positively affirm and encourage a mindset of inspiration, creativity, development, and positive expression you feel that inside you are boundless and without limitation.

You begin to understand that your own spirit is infinite and that it only requires a little attention and development to realize the endless potential that you harbor within yourself.

The seventh characteristic of wellness is vitality.

Characteristics of Wellness #7: Seeks And Achieves Vitality

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The wellness outlook looks for more than just disease prevention or your general health at the moment.

Vitality is something that is a natural side effect of spiritual development.  It comes along with bringing your attention back to the body and the breath.  It comes by learning to:

  1. Observe the physical needs of your body, and
  2. By governing the placement of your mind and attention.

When your thoughts are unguarded and your emotions spiral out of control, your vitality suffers.  Your vitality especially suffers when your thoughts and emotions are dictated by your external world and the people and situations that you encounter.

By vitality, we are referring to your levels of energy, your overall well-being, and your health.

  • When your vitality is high, you are able to sustain wellness in all areas of your life.
  • When your vitality is low, you feel as though everything is a challenge.  You may feel that your body and mind are in disorder.  You may even feel that your suffering from low energy levels or ill health.

To inspire greater personal vitality, you can learn to look at the needs of your body, your energy levels, and the amount of time you spend resting and recuperating from daily stresses and demands.

Besides governing these, you can replenish your vitality by:

  • ensuring that your body receives good levels of nutrition and water
  • ensuring that you give your mind and body time to rest without being concerned by your external world and other people.
  • taking time out to be still within your heart and mind

Used by people for thousands of years, ancient practices like

  • meditation
  • yoga
  • chi-gung

are vitality-enhancing practices.

Finally, the eighth characteristic of wellness is self-care.

Characteristics of Wellness #8: Employs Self-Care

A collage of words describing self-care

In order to produce and encourage wellness, you must learn to observe and take care of yourself.  In fact, self-care is at the core of wellness.

Think about this for a moment, without a profound motivation to care for yourself, wellness is not likely to happen in any dimension.

This means that you learn to focus on your life.  It also means you remove any negative influences and energetic drains.  You commit to these actions and you do it to the best of your ability.

Focus

You enter the realm of ‘true-self-care’ when you realize that wellness is brought about by your own focus, consistency, and persistent determination to inspire positivity within your own body and mind.  This is what lies at the very heart of your wellness development.

By focusing on your own life, your own thoughts, behaviors and actions in the world, you learn to effectively govern yourself and ensure that a high level of care is being inspired for your own benefit.

Action

Developing wellness has an effect similar to that of throwing a stone into a pond.  When you first act consciously to bring about wellness this is like throwing the stone into the pond.  As it hits the surface ripples are sent out in all directions.  Every act of wellness that you inspire within yourself is another stone.  Eventually, those ripples hit the sides of the pond and begin to flow back towards the center. 

As they return to the center you experience this as actually feeling well, content, and happy in the present moment.  This is the result of your past actions of developing wellness, the act of throwing stones.

In this way, you can understand that wellness is something that personally and independently affects you.  You are responsible for throwing stones.  The more you throw, the greater effect you have on your overall wellness.

All of this comes down to you,  your own personal wellness is the result of your own personal actions.

This is what ‘true-self-care’ means. 

Ultimately, it is you that requires your attention.

Additionally, you will need to take action.

Finally, you will experience the benefits.

Conclusion

There you have it, the 8 key characteristics of wellness.  With this newfound understanding or reminder, you can continue on your journey toward wellness and ultimate well-being.

In our next post, we will take a deeper dive into the holistic characteristic of wellness.   We will define holism and holistic wellness.  Then, we will reveal the 11 steps toward wellness with a detailed explanation of the first five steps toward wellness.

Additional Resources

What is Wellness

Dimensions of wellness: Change your habits, change your life

Genes, Behavior, and the Social Environment: Moving Beyond the Nature/Nurture Debate.

NWI’s Six Dimensions of Wellness

Self-care: A concept analysis

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