Wellness means overall well being. It's a concept that includes taking responsibility for your own health, creating a full and balanced lifestyle, and being the best person you can be. It incorporates the social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional aspects of a person's life.
Being comfortable with and liking yourself as a person
Interacting easily with people of different ages, backgrounds, races, lifestyles
Contributing time and energy to the community
Communicating your feelings
Recognizing a need for "fun" time in your life
Budgeting and balancing your time to include both responsibilities and relaxation
Finding satisfaction and worth in your work
Utilizing resources that help you develop personal job hunting skills
Feeling confident in your ability to find and obtain a job
Recognizing opportunities that lead you to new skills and acting on those opportunities
Pursuing careers that complement your personal goals and values
Being open to different cultures and religions
Giving your time to volunteer or participate in community service activities
Spending time defining personal values and ethics and making decisions that complement them
Spending time alone in personal reflection
Participating in spiritual activities
Participating in activities that protect the environment
Caring about the welfare of others and acting out of that care
Getting regular physical check-ups
Avoiding the use of tobacco or illicit drugs
Consuming alcohol in low-risk quantities
Taking time for stress reduction and relaxation
Learning because you want to - not because you are told to. Doing the work assigned.
Learning through varied experiences - reading, writing, sharing and exploration
Observing what is around you
Finding applications for material learned in the classroom
Staying current with world affairs/news
Exposing yourself to new experiences (e.g. arts, theater)
Keeping a positive attitude
Being sensitive to your feelings and the feelings of others
Learning to cope with stress
Being realistic about your expectations and time
Taking responsibility for your own behavior
Dealing with your personal and financial issues realistically
Viewing challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles
Functioning independently but knowing when you need to ask for help
10 Tools to Live Your Life Well
The following "10 Tools," developed based on scientific evidence, are proven, healthy ways to cope with stress and boost your overall well being.
Connect with others. People who feel connected are happier and healthier--and may even live longer.
Stay positive. People who regularly focus on the positive in their lives are less upset by painful memories.
Get physically active. Exercise can help relieve insomnia and reduce depression.
Help others. People who consistently help others experience less depression, greater calm, and fewer pains.
Get enough sleep. Not getting enough rest increases risks of weight gain, accidents, reduced memory, and heart problems.
Create joy and satisfaction. Positive emotions can boost your ability to bounce back from stress.
Eat well. Eating healthy food and regular meals can increase your energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases, and influence your mood.
Take care of your spirit. People who have strong spiritual lives may be healthier and live longer. Spirituality seems to cut the stress that can contribute to disease.
Deal better with hard times. People who can tackle problems or get support in a tough situation tend to feel less depressed.
Get professional help if you need It. More than 80 percent of people who are treated for depression improve.
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Stress Screener: Screening tool offered by Mental Health America. Site also includes information on the negative health consequences of too much stress and how to manage stress.
The American Institute of Stress: Non-profit organization offers wide variety of information related to stress, coping with stress, and negative health consequences related to stress. Includes a link to a stress self-test.
Medline Plus: Website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health offers links to many publications on stress and how to cope with stress.
Stress Management: The Mayo Clinic website offers numerous articles on stress, medical effects of stress, and stress management.