What is Wellness?

Human beings are multi-dimensional and complex. There are various elements of the self, ranging from emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual that impact how one feels or is able to show up in life on a given day. Stress in one area can quickly impact another. For example, one who is experiencing sadness (emotional), may struggle with caring for themselves by eating inappropriately-which can then impact physical wellness. Having Better Wellness calls for increased awareness of how one is faring in each of these areas. Increased awareness then opens the door to establishing daily habits (and life choices) that align with Better Wellness.

Self-neglect, loss, trauma, stress, and substance use can affect wellness and life balance. Individual psychotherapy offers a safe space dedicated entirely to you. With the support of a therapist, you can take a look into the various elements of yourself and assess what is working well and what is not. In what ways are self-neglect, loss, trauma, stress, or substances getting in the way? Often, this simply involves finding ways to make a good life even better—keep what is serving your wellness, and discard/replace what is not.

To contribute to Better Wellness, it is crucial to establish balance between rest, work/responsibilities, and play. For many–whether you are a student, professional, or homemaker–productivity and achievement are highly valued. Too often do we sacrifice rest or play to increase time spent in activities/tasks aimed at increasing productivity. Self-neglect can contribute to burnout, depression, and a host of other challenging emotions. As a starting point, consider where you stand relating to the following pillars:

• Purpose in life
• Relationships that include emotional safety and bring joy
• Involvement in satisfying work and play
• Personal autonomy to make life decisions

Is your wellness at the best that it can be? The key focus is not absence of stress or illness but identifying ways to create balance and increase self-care to establish Better Wellness.

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