[Updated: April 26, 2018 | Published: July 19, 2017]
Wellness is about more than just your mind and body – there are several interrelated aspects that are essential to cultivating an overall sense of well-being.
At Friendship Village of Dublin, we embrace nine dimensions of wellness. Here they are, along with tips and insights for nurturing them throughout our lives:
Physical – As we age, it’s important to take extra precautions to prevent problems down the road and ensure that we can still get on the floor to play with our grandkids. Just going for a walk can do wonders for your body!
Nutritional – It’s no secret that a healthy, well-balanced diet helps the aging process. It’s important to follow a diet that is low in sugar and trans fats but high in fruit, vegetables and omega-3 fats.
Social – Getting together with friends or talking to your next-door neighbor is one of the easiest ways to improve happiness, immune system function and lower the risk of dementia. Humans are social creatures so it’s no surprise that social wellness is one of the biggest indicators of overall health.
Emotional – Our emotional state impacts every other aspect of well-being, so being in touch with your emotions is a way to improve overall wellness. If you’re happy, it’s easier to be healthy!
Spiritual – While this aspect is different for everybody, spiritual wellness is aligning with your higher purpose and taking steps to express that in everyday life. That may mean praying, practicing yoga or taking a quiet walk in the woods to connect with nature.
Environmental – De-cluttering and keeping a tidy home is a great way to keep both your mind and body healthy. Taking good care of the environment by recycling is a good way to keep your community healthy too!
Vocational – Having something important to do that puts a spring in your step – like volunteering, planning an evening with friends or babysitting your grandchildren – is a great way to nurture other aspects of wellness. Research shows having purpose is a huge indicator of good health and longevity.
Intellectual – Intellectual wellness includes engaging in something new that expands or challenges your mind. Doing something like reading a book, participating in a new activity or even breaking out a Sudoku puzzle is an excellent way to keep the mind sharp.
Health Services – At Friendship Village, we pride ourselves on offering our residents a full Continuum of Care. We want to make sure you have help every step of the way, as your health needs evolve.
We’d love to hear how you nurture different aspects of personal wellness. Let us know in the comments below!