Wellness, which can also be called a good life or a healthy life; It is about managing stress in an individual's life, having a good support system, knowing how to cope with their emotions, and establishing balance in their life.
According to the definition of the World Health Organization, "wellness" is "not just not being sick; It is also a state of physical, mental and social well-being. " Everyone wants to be confident and happy, and the concept of wellness indicates this state of well-being.
In general, you may be doing things in harmony with the wellness culture. Let's stop and think: What makes you happy? What are you doing well? Do you think you have a balanced life? Just because a person is 'healthy' does not mean that there are no problems or difficulties in his life. Rather, individuals with healthy lives are better at dealing with these challenges. Therefore, we can say that a healthy individual has some personal characteristics, resources or tools that help him overcome difficult times. Wellness also means being a resilient individual who can cope with and get rid of life's difficulties. As a matter of fact, Abraham Maslow expresses the following about wellness: "Living in the moment is the most important component of mental health."
Sickness and health are separate things. Regardless of whether or not you have a disease, your health should be important to you. There are some things you can do about this and maybe you are already doing. Through self-care, talent, and self-understanding, you can change how you feel about your life and yourself.
What is 'wellness' with its different dimensions?
Mental-emotional dimension: Mental and emotional health, understanding and sharing one's emotions; Being optimistic, self-controlled, reliable, self-respecting, content, curious and resistant; it is about being able to enjoy life. In this respect, healthy individuals feel independent, capable, reliable, important and healthy; be able to communicate with others in quality; can show empathy and interest. The mental and emotional health of the individual affects the family history, illnesses, financial status, physical activity, diet, sleep patterns, stress in life, approach to events and the environment.
Physical dimension: It affects physical health, medical history, medications used, body awareness, self-esteem and substance use. Individual, to protect physical health; They should pay attention to a balanced diet, exercise and regular health checks.
Intellectual-creative dimension: Attitude that develops intellectual and creative health, towards personal development, education, achievement and creativity; learning experiences; It determines the desire to share the acquired knowledge, to develop the ability, skill, learning and critical thinking. Individuals who are healthy in these respects are also open to new ideas and experiences. Intellectual health is affected by an individual's educational background, learning style and flexibility.
Social dimension: Social health is more influenced by social background, cultural values, open-mindedness and healthy relationships. Socially healthy individuals can express themselves comfortably; can build supportive and satisfying relationships; has a positive attitude towards relationships. Be accepted among peers and establish close bonds with people; Able to accept others in their different subjects and is willing to participate in voluntary activities.
Spiritual dimension: Mental health depends on the way of upbringing, believing or not believing in any religion and willing to live. Mentally healthy individuals are satisfied with living while questioning the purpose of life. These unselfish individuals who seek the meaning of life can empathize and create shared stories with others.
Occupational dimension: It affects the occupational health, age, employment level, education, position and financial situation of the person. Occupational health, compliance of the individual with the personal values and goals of the profession; his approach to his job and the personal pleasure he gets from working; It can be explained by its contribution to personal skills and abilities and the balance it establishes between business life and other fields.
Environmental dimension: Environmental factors determine environmental health, place of residence, welfare level, political stability and social infrastructure. Individuals living in a healthy environment can benefit from the possibilities of life in the best possible ways when safe environmental values are in question; has a high sense of trust; There is a low rate of corruption in their environment, and social and political institutions are effective.
What are the obstacles you may encounter regarding wellness?
There are defeats, difficulties and problems faced by everyone. Personal characteristics, stress, environment, and events can put obstacles in a person's wellness process.
Do not doubt yourself, be pessimistic, ignore your dreams, give importance to materiality rather than goals; It is among the mental and emotional barriers.
These obstacles prevent you from feeling good, living and expressing your feelings comfortably.
knows. Turning to bad habits such as smoking, drugs and inactivity causes you to feel physically fit. Insufficient achievements, test anxiety, inadequate learning experiences are obstacles that hinder your creativity and mental health.
Relationship addiction, low self-esteem, anxiety, and physical violence affect your social health, while keeping you from forming healthy relationships. Lack of balance between work and private life, hypocritical behavior and pessimism are among the mental obstacles. Education level, not being able to work enough, being unemployed or overworked can be counted among occupational barriers and is mostly directly related to self-esteem.
In addition to all these, the unstable political environment of the environment you live in, insufficient social infrastructure, low safety and health standards are environmental obstacles that affect your well-being.
All these obstacles can complicate your long journey in the name of wellness. However, you should remember that the main purpose of healthy individuals in all respects is not to face these obstacles, but to know how to cope with them. Because wellness means overcoming the difficulties encountered in life and striving to live a better life.
Hope you feel good and live well.