Better Health & Wellness Month

What is wellness? 
No matter what your current health status is, you can move toward a higher level of wellness.
Wellness is a choice—a decision you make to move toward optimal health. 
Wellness is a way of life—a lifestyle you design to achieve your highest potential for well-being.
Wellness is a process—a developing awareness that an end point does not exist, but that health and happiness are possible in each moment, here and now. 
Wellness is the integration of body, mind, and spirit—the appreciation that everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health and the health of the world. 
Wellness is the loving acceptance of yourself. 
Wellness is an ongoing lifestyle, which requires taking responsibility and making healthy choices, promoting individual well-being through a balance in all aspects of life. 

7 components of wellness and tips

Social wellness: 
  • Schedule a game night 
  • Watch a funny movie with friends 
  • Join an organization 
  • Do not gossip and become a good listener 
Environmental wellness: 
  • Fix something that is broken 
  • Recycle
  • Plant a tree 
  • Donate blood 
  • Donate food or clothes 
Vocational or occupational wellness: 
  • Pursue continuing education opportunities 
  • Reflect on your career goals and aspirations each year 
Spiritual wellness: 
  • Develop a life philosophy and live by it 
  • Practice 
Emotional wellness: 
  • Smile as many times as you can in a day 
  • Adopt an attitude of optimism 
Intellectual wellness: 
  • Learn a new language 
  • Take a workshop or course for a new skill or hobby 
Physical wellness: 
  • Drink plenty of fluids 
  • Aim for 25-35 grams (g) of fiber/day 
  • Aim for five servings of fruits and vegetables/day 
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week 
  • Wear your seat belt 
  • Get preventative exams

How to stay on track to reach your goals 

Rewards create a feeling of doing something you want to do, not just what you are forcing yourself to do. Even the smallest reward can work wonders as you travel from milestone to milestone. 

Tips to help you set up a good rewards system 

  • Set appropriate awards based on level of accomplishments 
  • Make the reward meaningful to you 
  • Choose two to three options from the list or come up with a few rewards on your own 
  • Try to avoid using food as a reward 
  • Plan to celebrate your success: 
  • Involve other people or celebrate alone 
  • Just make sure the celebration is special for you 
  • Remember to focus on building a habit, not just figuring out how to get the reward 
The following are some sample rewards: 
  • Find time to do a favorite activity 
  • Schedule a vacation or plan a weekend getaway 
  • Take a day off and treat yourself to a special activity 
  • Put $1 in a jar every time you meet a goal—treat yourself to something special when you have accumulated $50 
  • Create a scrapbook, where you can keep mementos from your accomplishments 
  • Go to a movie or buy a new book 
  • Subscribe to a magazine you always wanted to receive 
  • Enjoy some time outdoors 
  • Buy something for your hobby (ie, car, garden, music, collections, holidays) 
  • Celebrate 100% days—if you reach 100% of your goals that day, choose two rewards 
  • Pay someone to do your yard work or cleaning for the week