Are You Balanced? Here are the 7 Kinds of Wellness You Need

The word wellness has become a popular term in the yoga community, often referred to in the same sentence as cleanses, intense yoga sessions, or balancing the chakras. In most instances, wellness is used to refer to physical well-being. 

From a holistic perspective, there are many aspects of wellness, and living well with total balance requires that we attend to all aspects, not just one or two. 

Following are 7 aspects of wellness that I consider when assessing clients’ overall wellness:
 
1. Emotional Wellness 

This involves learning to decrease stress and become attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It involves cultivating an optimistic style of thinking and developing awareness and acceptance of your feelings as well as a capacity to manage them in a healthy way.
 
2. Physical Wellness 

This involves decreasing stress as well as developing body awareness, eating healthy foods, developing personal responsibility for your own health, getting adequate sleep, nurturing and caring for your physical being, and engaging in physical activity.
 
3. Spiritual Wellness 

This encourages discovering a sense of meaning and purpose and connection with something larger than you. It relates to the capacity of being able to balance your inner needs with the needs of the world.
 
4. Social Wellness 

This involves creating positive and meaningful relationships, utilizing healthy communication skills, maintaining respect toward yourself and others, and creating a healthy support system.
 
5. Intellectual Wellness 

This encourages engaging in stimulating creative and mental activities and developing knowledge and skills. It involves discovering your potential for sharing your gifts with the world in meaningful ways. 
 
6. Occupational Wellness 

This emphasizes discovering your calling and engaging in work that is personally meaningful and consistent with your passion, values, and life purpose. It involves learning to balance work and leisure time.
 
7. Environmental Wellness 

This encourages living in harmony with the natural world and understanding the impact of your interaction with nature and the environment. It also involves caring for your well-being by protecting yourself from environmental toxins and contributing to the well-being of the environment.
 
Based on this information, how can you begin to re-imagine what wellness means to you? 

Are you living well with balance that nurtures a sense of peace, happiness, and well-being?

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About the Author
Jen Johnson, MS, LPC is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, and speaker offering mind-body wellness counseling and training for people who want to live with greater peace, happiness, and well-being. She teaches people how to live intentionally, live well, and live their full potential. Jen provides individual counseling and mindfulness training in person and by phone and Skype. She teaches workshops and retreats on Mindfulness, Mindful Writing, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Jen is the author of Daily OM’s online mindfulness class. She is writing a book about living mindfully.
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