“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.”
The countdown to summer break is real. I can remember having all these lofty goals and plans for my summer. Reflecting back I don’t recall real intentionality around making sure I was good. Good meaning that every wellness area was in a healthy place. Being focused on celebrating the areas where I was thriving. While reflecting and improving the areas that needed my attention.
Discovering these pillars gave me a starting point. Gaining an understanding of the eight key pillars of wellness fuels the reboot. The pillars are: physical, emotional, financial, social, environmental, intellectual, occupational, and spiritual. This week we’ll take a deep dive into physical, emotional, financial, and social. Let’s begin by establishing a common language. Contributors at Ask the Scientists will help us build the language.
Most people immediately think of exercise when they hear “physical wellness.” Regular physical activity is an important part of the equation that can’t be ignored. Physical wellness also includes appropriate sleep, hygiene, and a healthy diet.
- Move your body how you’re most comfortable (run, walk, yoga)
- Create a ritual for winding-down before bed
- Try a new healthier recipe
Emotional wellness encompasses the ability to navigate your feelings. This means identifying, assessing, and effectively sharing those feelings with others.
- Consider adding a counselor/therapist to you support team
- Create a listed of your trusted tribe to lean on
- Leverage journaling/sketching to process emotions
To be financially well is to live within your means and plan for the future appropriately. Taking small steps to control spending and save money can really lighten the burden on your everyday life.
- Consider adding a financial counselor to your support team
- Create a budget and leverage tools like Credit Karma for resources
- Consult a financial planner for long term financial planning
Social wellness is about connecting with others to form positive relationships. And if those falter, it’s about dealing with any conflicts appropriately. Social relationships create support systems that can carry you through life’s struggles.
- Invest in stationary and send “just because,” cards/letters to loved ones
- Join a common interest group or volunteer
- Create weekly/monthly connection calls with friends and family
It’s ok to invest in yourself this summer (and beyond) to ensure you create a beautiful life grounded in what’s best for you.