Living Well – The Basics

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Living Well Month

Written By FCS Intern: Kayla Adell

Being able to live well and be healthy is something that we all want to accomplish no matter age, race, gender etc. There are many different ideas and views of what “living well” looks like. According to the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (NEAFC) the following could be the path to living well.

Environmental Wellness

First and foremost, Environmental Wellness. Living well is more than just eating healthy. It means having access to clean air, food and water. Making the effort to preserve the areas in which we call our community, whether that be work, school, or our homes. Natural environments such as parks, trails, playground can offer as a place of relaxation and wellness.

Financial Wellness

Let us now move on to Financial Wellness. Being financially stable allows one to provide for their family and buy things that are necessities. When going to work, ask yourself these questions, “Do you enjoy where you work?” “Does your job allow you to meet obligations such as paying off debt?” Consulting with a financial advisor can help if ever feel the need to get help if you feel like your financial wellness is not where you want it to be.

Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is often perceived as just exercise when really, it’s much more to that. Getting 8 hours of sleep per night, not exercising right before bed, or having a large meal is a part of living well. This includes winding down for bed by decreasing the amount of time spent on technology including tv. Another part of physical health is making sure you are not abusing alcohol or narcotics as they are bad for your body. Reaching out to AA groups are all a part of physical health.

Occupational Wellness

Many may not be familiar with occupational wellness. Attitude plays a huge role with occupational health. Don’t settle, write out your goals. Use your talents and skills to help you better your occupational wellness. Taking these steps every day will eventually get to where you are content if you aren’t already!

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness may be one of the most important steps to wellness. Emotional wellness deals with our strengths but as well is what can be improved in ourselves. Being able to take responsibility for your actions is a huge part of emotional wellness. Reflecting day-to-day on your emotions, such as in a journal. Applying self-care is a big step. Implementing self-care can help motivate you. Alone time is okay! Changing thoughts can change your mind and attitude! Cultivate positive energy. Emotional Wellness is an area that I am solely focused on myself as I am struggling with this area.

Social Wellness

A social life is important to many people. Having healthy relationships with friends and family are all apart of social wellness. Evaluating your relationships with friends and family is necessary as well. You want to remove yourself from any toxic relationships as they could be holding you back and keeping you from achieving overall wellness. Spending time with the people who make you feel comfortable can enhance social wellness.

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual Wellness may not be the same for everyone but can be achieved by everyone. Beliefs, values, morals are all a part of spiritual wellness. A big way to enhance or improve your spiritual wellness is to meditate. Mediation provides a sense of relaxation and a chance to get closer to your beliefs and morals. Choosing one way to practice spiritual wellness can add to your overall wellness.

Reference: Living Well Month Campaign