Intellectual Wellness

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This is one of the seven dimensions that make up a person. No one is perfectly mentally-well and enhancing your intellectual capability needs time and persistence.

7 Dimensions of Wellness

First Dimension
Physical Wellness
Second Dimension
Emotional Wellness
Third Dimension
Intellectual Wellness
Fourth Dimension
Social Wellness
Fifth Dimension
Financial Wellness
Six Dimension
Environmental Wellness
Seventh Dimension
Spiritual

People have different reactions if put to a mental challenge. Some may find it easy to resolve the challenge while others find it difficult. This happens because people do not have similar state of mind.

However, people who are genetically-challenged and those who have normal mental ability may both improve the performance of their brain that would help them maximize their potentials and be able to enjoy life.

Steps to Achieve or Maintain Intellectual Wellness

  • Read. There are good books, newspaper articles, essays from the internet that can be read by anyone. Through reading, your comprehension skill is challenged and it widens vocabulary that would equip you with the new development around.
  • Listen to good music and radio program. It is found therapeutic to listen to positive music because it calms the emotions and decreases the risk of stress.
  • Watch positive TV programs and videos. Choose informative videos and not the ones that corrupt the mind or infuse negative ideas. This way, you will absorb positive energy that enhances the ability to think.
  • Be creative. When there is an activity to do, challenge yourself to make something new and different, not the one you are accustomed to, to see how far your mental ability can go.
  • Desire to continue learning. Always challenge yourself to learn something new to keep your brain active and be curious to what is unknown to you.
  • Attend seminars or workshops. This will help you gain new ideas that are seldom included in the books you buy. You will also improve your social wellness by meeting people and gaining new friends.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Proper nutrition is significant for the brain to function well and avoid mental stresses that may cause additional health problems.

Nowadays, there are vitamins that are being sold that claim to enhance the memory. It will only work if you also perform the steps mentioned above. It will only help you store the information longer, may it be little or big.

Aside from the steps that can be taken, it should be noted too that there are factors that can help us achieve a healthier state of mind. Self-appreciation, affiliation, resilience, exercise, leisure, curiosity, and negotiation pump up intellectual wellness. Self-appreciation is recognizing ones strengths that boost the confidence. If you have self-worth, it signifies that you are aiming for higher degree of self-respect. Affiliation is the ability to build mutual and harmonious relation with other people. This is healthy for it prevents pressure and stress.

Resilience is one’s behavior in dealing with problems or mishaps in life, and recovering from them. One who is resilient shows positive disposition no matter how difficult life’s situation is and has the ability to laugh at problems and take them lightly. Physical exercise and leisure can protect people against depression and keep the brain from being inactive.

Negotiation is compromising that we cannot have all the answers and knowing that other people may help us. This prevents one from disappointment and failure to see solutions to hitches.
Benefits of Being Intellectually-well:

  • Discovery of new things. Things may be revealed to you by continuous studying and learning.
  • Critical thinking skill is improved. You analyze situations at a higher degree.
  • Brain is challenged. This prevents forgetting things at a young age. See those people who still have strong memory even at their old age.
  • Clear thinking. You understand things easily and clearly. You have a wide understanding of concepts.
  • Happiness and meaning in life. You can see the purpose with whatever learning you acquire and it gives happiness to you and the people around you.

It is good to enhance intellectual wellness at an early age. Children who are engaged with reading are smarter than those who do not. It applies to adults, too. Those who are fond of watching, listening, reading, and participating in different forms of arts are intellectually adept and clever. It is a product of their choice to improve themselves. Being smart or clever can be achieved by anyone. Even those who have mental disability can improve their intellectual ability.

Studies show that 60%-90% who suffer from depression commit suicide. Related clinical findings enumerated some barriers that reduce the healthy state of mind. Age-related changes, illnesses, drugs or alcohol abuse and health complaints affect our mental health.

The desire to improve your mental ability will take place if you acknowledge the fact that there is lacking in you and that you want to achieve it. The steps may be simple but change will not happen overnight. You have to be persistent in practicing them until you get the desired result.

If you need help you can try the following resources:

Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and FeelingsThe Power of Emotion: Using Your Emotional Energy to Transform Your LifeThe Foods To Eat; The Actions To Take For A BETTER BRAIN Positive thinking games for building well being

Social wellness


Social wellness is often the least focused aspect of personal wellness, as people tend to focus more on themselves rather than their relationship with others. Being concerned about your health and your personal needs is definitely okay, but abandoning your role as a social human being can have its dire consequences.

The world would not be as advanced today if people only focused on keeping everything to himself. Developing a nation, breaking free from tyranny, and creating a healthy and happy family requires a person’s social well being as it is the element needed to build strong relationships and an ever-developing community.

It is a known fact that not all people are ‘social’ as others tend to choose to be alone rather than to be seen with a group of people. Other factors such as discrimination and hate can also lead to social discord, which is detrimental to a person’s wellness. Overcoming these factors is possible through seeking social wellness.

Social WellnessFacts about Social Health

Social isolation is linked to several health related issues: A person’s cholesterol level has been proven to shoot up when he experiences a lack of social interaction, while those who tend to be alone also increasing their chances of getting sick and increase their death rate two to three times higher compared to socially healthy individuals.

People who tend to isolate themselves might just need a hug; it has been proven that physical contact promotes a positive outlook in life and improves overall health. Physical contact with people close to you makes the body produce Immunoglobin A, an antibody that prevents the development of respiratory infections and cavity build-up.

Laughter becomes infectious especially with the humor of others. Laughing has been proven to not only bring you closer to others, but it also provides health benefits like strengthening the immune system, boosting the body’s endorphin production, and giving the body adequate boosts of energy for the day.

The Secrets to Social Wellness

Social health is achieved through developing connections with people. This can be your family, your friends, people in your community, or even people from different parts of the world who you share a similar outlook or cause with. These secrets help you achieve a higher level of social health:

Break down your walls of self-isolation. This can be very tough especially for those who have been in their ‘shell’ for quite a long time, but it will also be very beneficial once you get to surpass it and become a social butterfly. This process will take time and there will be moments when you would run back to your protective shell, but taking it slow and getting accustomed to stepping out of your comfort zone to meet and interact with others will encourage you to slowly come out of your shell and become this confident and friendly person you were supposed to be all along.

Just so you know, every single person here on earth is just a smile away. A smile transcends cultural barriers as it lets people know, regardless of their nationality or culture, that you are a friendly and approachable person. Smiling at strangers might feel awkward at first, but through learning social cues and subtle hints of when the right time to smile is, you can easily brighten up a person’s day with that radiant smile of yours.

Being socially healthy is not just about meeting new people and building new connections. It is also about strengthening the ones that you have already built. Your family, your friends, and your community are just three of the best connections that you should strengthen as much as possible. Constant communication, getting involved, and letting them know that you are always there are just some of the ways that can strengthen your relationship with your family, friends, and your community.

Once your ties with people have been strengthened, caring for your community or your environment is also another aspect of social health that is worth improving. Understanding the needs of your community to achieve development and making sure that no one gets left behind greatly boosts your social health as well as your compassion for others.

Keeping yourself socially healthy means that you have a strong support from your family, friends and community. A good ear for listening, a great eye for seeing those who are in need of your help, and a good sense of humor are the only things you need to build strong and long lasting close relationships with others.

Although it is just one of the aspects of personal wellness, the importance of social wellness affects not only the people around you, but also the whole world. It is because of your interaction with others, which can greatly affect how other people will interact with other people as well.

If you need help you can try the following resources:

Financial Wellness

People focus on money more than their health because having money entails having the ability to buy healthy food and practice a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re thinking the statement above is 100% correct, then you might need to check on your mental wellness. While it is true that having money allows you to afford a healthy lunch out with friends that can both benefit your physical and social wellness, money alone would not help you achieve overall wellness. Especially when you pay with your credit card.

Studies have proven that money troubles link to depression, anxiety, and other troubles occurring on individuals with low levels of mental wellness. What makes it more depressing is that most people nowadays are becoming more prone to low levels of mental wellness due to the love for money. What makes it even difficult is the current economic situation, which shows no signs of moving upwards in the near future.

Greed is one of the major factors that affect overall financial health. The feeling of not having enough money and the unquenchable desire to acquire all the things you desire is a demon that is tough to conquer. A lot of people have been overwhelmed by greed and they have found it very difficult to defeat. Before its too late, you should do your best to achieve true financial health.

How can you achieve true financial health?

Financial wellness is achieved through proper financial management. This involves the usual ‘need versus wants’ and ‘spending within your means’ rules. Knowing proper financial management is not even half the battle, as more than half of it involves controlling the urge to buy the newest mobile phone that is out in the market. Discipline and properly controlling your spending habits is very crucial if you want to achieve true financial health.

Proper money management involves the knowledge of money worshipping. This involves the idea that money makes the world go round and it can solve every single problem in the world. If you worship money, you use it to forget your problems instead of facing them and you use it to try to achieve overall wellness, which is impossible. You should understand that money is not a god, nor the devil. It is merely a simple tool that you exchange for something that you need; something that will help you achieve true overall wellness.

Once you get to treat money as a tool, practicing proper money management techniques become less difficult. You can easily stick to a budget and adjust your finances to allow properly spending money for things that you really need. You can easily practice smart and healthy money spending habits that you can also impart in others to improve their overall financial health.

Try to look at the big picture and see yourself ten years from now. How will the money you are spending right now affect your future? Will it make you financially wise and successful? Or will it make you a money worshipping, greedy monster that wants a lot of things for yourself? Try to see the consequences of your current financial decisions, as it will effectively hold you back in making impulsive and worthless decisions.

Making investments for the future is a sign of a high level of true financial health. Preparing for your future and wanting it to be financially secure is a sign of financial maturity, which is very rare for people nowadays who like to live and spend in the now without worrying about their financial future. Investing for your retirement, your kid’s future, or for a better life ahead is definitely a lot beneficial than buying the latest gadgets and purchasing other things that you don’t really need.

Money is not everything. You should always remember that money does not make the world go round, nor does it make you achieve a higher level of overall wellness. Money is a tool that you can use to achieve overall wellness, a tool you can use to make you and your family’s future secure, a tool to help the environment become a better place, and a tool to keep your mental wellness in check.

Just like any other aspect of wellness, financial wellness should be properly balanced as it affects your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical wellness. Keep it at an adequate level to avoid falling into depression and anxiety, lessening your overall mental and emotional wellness. Also avoid making it your focus, thinking that the world revolves around it, so it won’t affect your spiritual and physical wellness. Just a proper balance of financial health is the ultimate secret towards achieving the right level of wellness.


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Environmental Wellness

Although environmental wellness seems to be the type of wellness that personally affects us the least, its impact to our overall level of wellness makes it the most valuable. It is in our environment where we thrive and strive to achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Living in an unhealthy and crumbling environment will surely not promote overall wellness that is why it is crucial always to ensure that the environment stays protected and is continuously improved.

environmental wellnessMost of us know that the environment is not at its perfect state as of the moment due to people’s negligence when it comes to its proper protection and conservation. Technological advancements, mass production of different kinds of products, as well as the lack of discipline when it comes to proper waste segregation, the use of only what people need and avoiding excess waste are just some of the factors why overall environmental health continues to degrade.

Adequate information has already been given and yet most people seem to forget how important it is to keep the environment safe and healthy. They still continue to consume excess amounts of energy, non-recyclable materials, and harmful chemicals that contribute to the increase of waste and pollution. Protecting the environment is crucial, and it is sad to know that the efforts done by those who care about the environment are not enough to help save it.

Currently, almost 80% of the world’s energy is produced and delivered through burning oil, coal, and gas, all of which are non-renewable energy sources that come from the environment. Renewable energy sources that come from the sun, wind, and water are already available and usable, but the total cost for its development to be able to provide the world’s needed amount of energy is too high, resorting to the continued use of non-renewable energy sources.

Keeping the Environment Healthy

It is never too late to start caring and protecting the environment to stop its continuous degradation. Environmental wellness can still be achieved by becoming conscious of how your actions are affecting the overall health of the environment.

Leading a lifestyle that respects the environment as well as those who inhabit it is one of the first steps that you can do towards achieving a better state of environmental health. How drastic the changes required mainly depend on the type of lifestyle you are leading so if you think that your actions have been quite harmful to the environment, then you better be prepared to have your world turned upside down.

Living a lifestyle that respects the environment involves becoming conscious about choosing to walk a few blocks to get to your office or to take your car or ride a cab. It also means deciding whether you buy products that make use of excessive non-biodegradable materials or products that are organic and considered as ‘green.’ There are a lot of different ways that can be done to help protect and conserve the environment. Most of these ways are often simple and can be done on a day-to-day basis.

Recycling is one of the best ways to help conserve the environment’s natural resources and to limit the amount of waste that pollutes the environment. Properly educating people on the benefits of recycling as well as how it can become part of your lifestyle can help greatly lessen the total amount of waste that is produced. Recycling also provides financial benefits that you can also take advantage of.

Promoting the protection of the environment through living the lifestyle and informing others about the proper conservation of the environment is a bold step that you can take to help provide a greater impact in its restoration. Spreading the knowledge on how to make ‘greener’ decisions will result to the education of people on what actions to take when presented with an opportunity to choose options that affect overall environmental wellness.

Living an environmentally conscious life is what is needed nowadays as the environment is in danger of various harms that contributes to its demise. It is not just in a perfect world where we can all practice a lifestyle that conserves and protects the environment. All it takes is discipline and dedication together with the right understanding that taking care of the environment and keeping it at its best state will help us all achieve overall wellness. This is one great secret towards achieving environmental wellness.

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