Powerful Habits for Wellness
We engage in and improve our wellness when we pursue activities and follow behaviors that benefit us. I've written a whole post about what wellness consists of and the principles behind it. This post suggests a few specific activities and behaviors for each different dimension of wellness.
In another post where I discuss how habits work and are formed, I write about how building habits can help automate good behaviors and eliminate bad ones. By developing habits for specific dimensions of wellness, you make the work of improving yourself infinitely easier. Below are some suggestions of habits you can form for the different dimensions of wellness.
Physical wellness is the dimension concerned with your body. It includes physical activity and nutrition, as well as maintaining health.
Exercise or otherwise engage in physical activity daily
Take care of your body via self-care
Focus on eating home-cooked nutritious food
Drink water (and tea)
Get adequate sleep
Environmental wellness refers to the world around us. It's about educating ourselves about and taking care of our environment.
Practice eco-conscious habits
Educate yourself about the environment
Help improve your community through volunteering
Spend time outside
Financial wellness recognizes the impact poorly managed finances can have on our overall wellness and seeks to prevent it.
Track and manage your spending
Have a safety net
Create and follow a budget
Learn more by reading my 5 rules for financial wellness.
Occupational wellness (or academic wellness) is concerned with our satisfaction at work or in school. This includes relationships with peers as well as finding personal meaning.
Set career goals for yourself
Manage workplace conflict
Explore different career paths and options
Intellectual wellness covers the curious and creative natures of our minds.
Engage in creative activities
Pursue lifelong learning
Read and expose yourself to different opinions
Emotional wellness refers to our ability to recognize, accept, and manage our emotions and stressors, and good emotional wellness promotes resilience.
Foster awareness of emotions through mindfulness
Practice acceptance of your emotions
Recognize indicators of stress
Develop your sense of self
Take needed me-time
Don't stress what you can't change
Social wellness encompasses our relationships with others as well as partly with ourselves.
Actively listen to others
Maintain interpersonal relationships
Practice respecting others
Spend time with positive people
Spiritual wellness is the dimension of wellness concerned with our beliefs, values, and worldview.
Explore and expand your beliefs, values, and world view
Find purpose by living according to your values
Surround yourself with a sense of community
Do good for others
Pick up meditation
Wellness is all about actively engaging in the activities and behaviors that will bring you the results you are looking for. That's why it's the perfect place to apply what we know about forming habits.