When you think of the word “wellness”, do you limit this to physical aspects only?
Physical wellness is actually not the only type of wellness to consider. Health is best approached holistically, that is, considering the person as a whole – mental, physical, and social factors.
Here are some mental wellness tips you might not have considered:
Look on the bright side. Express your gratitude. Show compassion for yourself and others.
Nurture close ties
Stay in touch with family and friends. Consider getting a roommate if you feel isolated living alone.
Make new friends
Reach out to people with similar interests. Join a book club. Invite a new neighbor to join you for coffee or shopping.
Volunteer your services
Get involved in local groups or professional associations. Join the welcoming committees or help plan the annual fundraiser. Tutor children or work in a community garden.
Lighten up. Watch cartoons with your children. Look for the humor in confusing IRS instructions or surprise snow storms.
Manage your finances
Financial pressures can interfere with your well-being. Consult a financial advisor if you need guidance with money matters. Save on a regular basis even if you can put aside only modest amounts.
Learn something new
Stimulate your brain. Teach yourself a foreign language or learn to draw. Play word puzzles or trivia games. Take dance classes or sign up for adult education courses at a community college.
Deal with stress
Practice relaxation methods that work for you. Good choices include deep breathing, warm baths, and listening to instrumental music. Turn to your faith tradition for teachings on coping with adversity or read inspirational materials.