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Wellness & Wealth: Why a New Focus on Personalized & Balanced Way is Key (Part 1)

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Wellness & Wealth: Why a New Focus on Personalized & Balanced Way is Key (Part 1)

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In today’s fast-paced world, achieving a balanced and personalized approach to wellness is the key to unlocking not just a healthier life but also a wealthier one. Join us as we explore how prioritizing your well-being can lead to prosperity and success. The first thing we will explore is the intricate relationship between Wellness & Wealth.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

When looking for information about wealth or wellness, most people want to know the meaning of each.  In fact, many experienced women want to understand wellness so they can achieve and experience wellness & wealth. In this two-part series, we will explore:

  • The concept of wellness
  • How it relates to wealth in its truest form
  • How wellness is a personal journey
  • The dimensions of wellness & the importance of balance, and
  • How this approach and way can lead to a richer, fuller life

I will begin this two-part series with part 1 exploring:

  • The concept of wellness
  • The relationship with wealth
  • Wellness as a personal journey, and
  • Three out of eight dimensions of wellness

What is Wealth?

Image of coins & trees increasing in size.  Represents increase of wealth & wellness.

Wealth, what is it?  Today, most dictionaries define it as an abundance of valuable material possessions or resources.  However, the word “wealth” comes from the word “weal” which is now obsolete.  In fact, its first known use was in the 12th century. 

So, what is “weal”? “Weal” is a sound, healthy, or prosperous state.  It is often used to refer to the well-being or welfare of a person, state, or country.  The first use of wealth came later in the 13th century.  In fact, “At one time, weal and wealth were synonyms; both meant ‘riches’ and ‘well-being’.”  If wealth is a sound, healthy, prosperous state, then what is wellness?

What is Wellness?

One definition of wellness describes it as:

The quality or state of being healthy in body and
mind especially as the result of a deliberate effort

The World Health Organization defines wellness as…

The optimal state of health of individuals and groups. There are two focal concerns: the realization of the fullest potential of an individual physically, psychologically, socially, spiritually and economically, and the fulfillment of one’s role expectations in the family, community, place of worship, workplace and other settings.

World Health Organization

In other words, it’s not enough to be free of disease. You must also be in a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being or wealth.  Undoubtedly, by definition, there is a connection between wealth and wellness.  Besides the relationship between the two, you also see that wellness is absolutely something that is within your control.

This is good news. It is a sign of favorable outcomes for you in daily life.  Regardless of your current state, whether you consider yourself to be well or unwell, there is something you can know.  It is possible to either develop wellness in your life or maintain your current state of wellness through deliberate effort.

Now, the road to wellness is best achieved when it is custom designed or personalized to suit individual needs!

Image of a road

This is the case, whether you are

  1. Doing really well in all dimensions of life and self and simply need to tweak here and there; or
  2. You are struggling, and looking for more in-depth help with particular issues.

Wellness Journey

Wellness is a very personal journey!  How you reach it involves multiple dimensions of yourself. 

Add to that,

  1. the desirable tools
  2. a conscious initiative, and
  3. much-needed support.

With these provisions, you will quickly find yourself making permanent changes on the road to a better you.

We created the Wellness (Wealth) section of this blog to cover every aspect of wellness. 

Why?  

So, you could firmly understand the important process of :

  • Developing wellness
  • Keeping it in your outlook on life & daily actions, as well as
  • The personal choices you make

If you are someone who considers yourself unwell, you will learn:

  • various strategies of both physical and mental means to help encourage greater wellness for your body, mind, and spirit.

The goal is to gain greater insight into the natural processes involved in developing wellness.

 Why? 

So, you can learn how to effectively manage wellness.  

To what point? 

To the point where you consciously develop wellness, rather than spontaneously produce it.

Now, let’s look at the dimensions of wellness.

A diagram dimensions of wellness with different colors.

Did you know that there are eight dimensions of wellness?  These dimensions form a model or framework that can help you achieve total wellness.  Total wellness is more than just being physically fit.  The eight dimensions of wellness encompass the whole person (i.e., spirit, mind, and body) and various elements in your life. The eight dimensions of wellness are:

  1. Physical Wellness (body)
  2. Intellectual Wellness (mind)
  3. Emotional Wellness (mind)
  4. Spiritual Wellness (spirit)
  5. Occupational Wellness (element of life)
  6. Financial Wellness (element of life)
  7. Social Wellness (element of life)
  8. Environmental Wellness (element of life)

Each dimension plays a key role in achieving total wellness. 

The goal is to:

  1. Find balance among all these dimensions; so that,
  2. You feel good about yourself and your life as a whole.

As mentioned, the dimensions of wellness encompass the whole person and align with the belief that you are a spiritual being with a mind (i.e., intellectual, emotional) that lives in a body (i.e., physical).  The elements in your life align with you in a world (i.e., environment) with other people (i.e., social) where you work (i.e., occupational) to earn money (i.e., financial) to live.

Now that you are aware of the eight dimensions of wellness, how it relates to you, and the elements of life, let’s take a deeper dive into each dimension of wellness.

A woman running on a treadmill.  Represents physical wellness.

The physical dimension of wellness is the foundation of total wellness.  It refers to the wellness of the physical human body.  When you generally feel good and healthy and without aches and pains, you could say or argue that your body is in a state of wellness. 

Physical wellness involves taking care of your body through exercise, proper nutrition, and getting enough sleep.  When you take care of your body, it will perform at its best, and you’ll have plenty of energy to tackle whatever comes your way. 

  • Exercise not only helps keep your body strong but also releases endorphins, which make you feel happy and reduce stress levels.  . 
  • Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats and drinking water ensures that your body gets the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly.
  • Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining optimal physical health because it allows your body time to rest and recover from daily activities.

Physical dimensions of wellness include maintaining a healthy weight and general fitness.  A healthy weight is critical for overall physical health and in the prevention of many chronic diseases.  In this regard, you can agree that a healthy weight supports a much better quality of life than when overweight or obese.

However, true wellness is bigger than that.  It is not merely about preventing disease, but more about

  1. How well you feel in your daily life, and
  2. Your performance on a day-to-day basis.

For example:

  • Someone who can easily lug their groceries into the house without huffing and puffing and straining their back is more well than someone who cannot.
  • Someone who can climb stairs without feeling exhausted is more well than the person who cannot.
  • Someone who has a high level of energy to face the day and perform at peak levels is is more well than someone who does not have a high level of energy.

Ultimately, those who are plagued by stress that causes aches, pains, headaches, and insomnia will suffer in their daily performance and quality of life. Ultimately, undermining a state of wellness.

How about if you suffer from a chronic medical condition, can you still achieve a state of wellness?

It depends on what you are doing about it.  As you discovered, wellness is not just about being well at that moment. It is about taking steps and making a deliberate effort to induce wellness.

Even if your body is sick, or in pain, you can still be in a state of wellness. How? A state of wellness is possible if your outlook and your actions are promoting the improvement of your current state and quality of life.  For example, if you are unwell, you can take steps to get well.

  • You can ensure that your body is getting enough nutrients and vitamins to promote recovery.
  • You can do gentle forms of exercise like yoga or stretching to help alleviate the aches and pains.
  • You could take medicines to help fight the illness that is consuming you.

Wellness places importance on promoting a way of thinking that will once again bring it about when it is temporarily lost or despite roadblocks that may prevent it.

A couple of people holding a puzzle piece.  Represents intellect, mind, whole, wellness.

The intellectual dimension of wellness connects with the mind, is a part of mental wellness, and involves feeding your mind and staying sharp.  This means engaging in mentally stimulating activities such as reading books, solving puzzles, learning new skills, and challenging your beliefs. 

Engaging in lifelong learning opportunities like attending workshops, seminars, or pursuing higher education keeps your brain active and promotes mental growth.  Intellectual wellness doesn’t necessarily require formal training; even simple things like playing games with friends or having meaningful conversations can be beneficial for your brain.

A circular chart of emotions with different colored words.  Represents emotional wellness.

The emotional dimension of wellness is all about managing your moods and emotions.  Emotional wellness is linked to mind or mental wellness.  This is because you experience emotions after thoughts occur in the brain.  Your emotions are the end result of a particular train of thought.

Though some people experience great emotions in a fraction of a second, they might think that they didn’t even have time to think.  In fact, the emotional response occurred due to tremendous amounts of focus on that particular topic or subject in the past.  This has the effect of anchoring that emotional response to stimuli that sets off the emotion.  You might refer to it as being “triggered.”

Fortunately, though, and from the viewpoint of holistic wellness, this is something that you can overcome and even encouraged in certain areas to develop more positive emotional responses.  This is the ‘deliberate effort’ part of the emotional dimension of wellness.

The emotional dimension of wellness includes dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and other negative feelings in a positive way. 

  1. One effective method for managing emotions is mindfulness meditation, where you focus on the present moment without judgment or distraction.
  2. Another technique is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which teaches individuals how to identify and change negative thought patterns that lead to unhealthy behaviors.
  3. Developing strong relationships with friends and family members who provide support during tough times is also critical for emotional wellness.

You can use these methods to re-program your brain to experience greater degrees of happiness, inner peace, and compassion.  By doing this, you are actually encouraging your brain to experience these positive emotions more often than any negative ones.

By controlling your thoughts in times of stress or anguish, you learn that it is you who allowed the emotions to arise in the first place.  Rather than letting your emotions be your master, you become the master of your emotions, and from here, you can choose to feel whatever you want to feel and when you want to feel it.

At the same time, you can undo the effects of any negative emotions by catching them in the instant they arise and replacing them with an opposite, positive emotion.  This makes your body feel better too because you experience an influx of chemicals that makes you feel better instead of worse, leading to… you guessed it, greater wellness.

By mastering emotional wellness, you allow yourself to feel greater balance in your body and your mind.  This leads to mental wellness.

Having the strength of mind to encourage and support wellness is another very important aspect of understanding and mastering wellness.

If your body is well, but your mind is not, eventually your body will fall victim to ‘un-wellness’ again, and your mind will do nothing to bring you back to the point of being well.

If you can develop wellness in your mind, you can cover both bases of mental and physical wellness.

However, mental wellness doesn’t just mean understanding how to make the body well.  It also means developing a way of thinking that allows you to feel well mentally.

This means that you don’t experience negative and detrimental thoughts that bring about the experience of negative emotions within your mind and body.

A mind that is unwell will regularly experience bouts of depression, confusion, worry, fear, aggression, anxiety, lack of focus, lack of willpower and lack of consistency

VERSUS

A mind that is secure in wellness will experience bouts of clarity,
firm understanding, motivation, acceptance, mental strength,
confidence and most important inner peace and calm.

When you experience mental ‘un-wellness’ you must come to understand exactly what form of thinking has brought about your mental anguish and set about undoing this, by encouraging a mindset that works as a cure to that anguish.

Conclusion

In conclusion, prioritizing wellness in your life isn’t just a luxury. It’s an investment in your overall well-being and, ultimately, your wealth. As you’ve seen, wellness is a deeply personal journey, encompassing physical, intellectual, and emotional dimensions, among others.

By embracing this holistic approach and striving for balance across all dimensions, we unlock the true potential of your well-being. So, remember, the key to a prosperous and fulfilling life lies in the personalized and balanced pursuit of wellness. Start your journey today and watch as wellness becomes the cornerstone of your lasting wealth and happiness.

In addition, stay with us as we move on to the second part of this two-part series. In Part 2, we will reveal the remaining five of the eight dimensions of wellness. 

Until next time, increase your wealth, achieve your dreams, and live your best life.

Additional Resources

Dimensions of wellness: Change your habits, change your life

WHO Health Promotion Glossary: new terms

Wealth Matters for Health Equity

What is Wealth

What is Wellness

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