Seeking Wellness - Progress not Perfection
As we get older life isn’t like the movies. It’s not a party every night or always hanging out with friends or family. The reality is, if nights aren’t spent working, then there is something to read, facebook posts to respond to or website updates that need to happen. If I'm not working on my business, then I'm probably watching Netflix, pretending like I don’t have those two work deadlines next week. Once I accept that I DO have those two deadlines and rush to cram, my sleep and sanity suffer. It’s a draining, all-too-familiar cycle for most people!
It is hard to perform at your best if you are not taking care of your mind and body. Wellness matters, and I’m not just talking about eating right and exercising throughout the week (although those are extremely important). Wellness is much broader than that, and wellness matters because everything we do, every thought, and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. These feelings in turn, directly affect our actions. It’s a dynamic process of change and growth. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are striving for wellness in all aspects of life. This is referred to as a Biopsychosocial (BPS) model of how human being interact with their environment.
Developed by Osteology in the mid- Nineteenth century. It attributes disease outcome to the intricate, variable interaction of biological factors (genetic, biochemical, etc), psychological factors (mood, personality, behavior, etc.), and social factors (cultural, familial, socioeconomic, medical, etc.). The Biopsychosocial (BPS) model counters the biomedical model, which attributes disease to roughly only biological factors, such as viruses, genes, or somatic abnormalities.
There are eight dimensions of wellness interrelated with each other and equally vital in your pursuit of health and wellness. The eight dimensions are:
Since I just defined what is considered a Biopsychosocial Environment, wellness should be your balance of these factors and top priority when looking at health concerns. I know that it is way easier said than done! Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help manage the stresses you may face, and for support there are health care professionals that are available to help with minor or major issues. You just have to ask.
Here is a list of five resources and events to look out for, particularly highlighting ways to enhance your social, emotional, physical and environmental wellness without a lot of cost.
Wellness Carnivals happens every fall, and they are full of organizations and dedicated to actively promoting health and wellness on campus and providing opportunities for students to get involved. There are free raffle prizes, food, and games throughout the event. Come hang out with others and learn about the numerous resources and opportunities that help you seek wellness. Sounds like a great way to take a break from stress, right?
Did you know that there are places that offer 'inexpensive massage' and mental relaxation at an affordable rate. Yes, LOW COST I have like $5 in my bank account, so this is personally a huge deal for me. It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources, so you can learn and grow from all experiences. Therefore, give yourself time to go to a Mind Spa to relax , or have a massage at a 'school' that is training massage therapists. Each will come with some soothing music, or massaging recliners or biofeedback programs. If it sounds too good to be true, go check out all they have to offer and see for yourself. After all, you are technically investing in a better you.
Physical activity is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity can increase your energy levels, improve your cognitive abilities, and help you sleep better. What better way to get your daily dose of exercise than to get out on the field or court with your friends or neighbors? Get away from the idea that you can only work out by going to the gym; there are a number of ways to move your body! Think of what you enjoyed doing as a kid and try to incorporate that into your day. Make it fun! Get some roller blades, take dance lessons, or kick around the soccer ball, just get out there and get your heart pumping!
Did you know that you can adopt a plot and have your own small garden in the middle of the city? How cool is that? It’s your own little patch of earth, where you can grow your own fruits and veggies. You can also visit edible urban gardens that allow you to pick fresh fruit and veggies if your a member? Not only is gardening and being in nature a great stress reliever, but it’s also a great way to motivate healthy eating and create a sense of community. Learn more about how to adopt a plot and where edible gardens are located throughout the city.
These are just a few examples of the unique wellness enhancing opportunities.