Most of us think in terms of illness, and assume that wellness indicates the absence of illness. To me wellness involves giving good care to your physical self, using your mind constructively, expressing your emotions effectively, being creatively involved with those around you, and being concerned about your physical, psychological and spiritual environment. Wellness means more than not being sick; it means taking steps to prevent illness and to lead a richer, more balanced, and more satisfying life.
The physical dimension of wellness deals with the functional operation of the body and involves health related components of physical fitness. Some days this semester I have not been able to make it to the gym to do my routine workout, but on the days that I can not make it I have found other ways to incorporate physical activity into my daily schedule. I have increased the intensity levels in my housework; I have spent at least 30 minutes every day doing strenuous yard work, and walking or jogging with my puppy everyday also keeps me physically active. The only change in my diet since the beginning of the semester was an increase in fiber in my diet. I am still maintaining my weight, however from my body fat analysis I am at the normal BMI for women my age but I still have a plan of attack to decrease even more body fat. After my results from the flexibility test, I have religiously incorporated even more stretching into my daily routine.
The intellectual dimension of wellness involves the use of your mind. Well I have no problems in that area, being that I have to study everyday since I am in college. Since I have a craving for information, my mind is always reading books, exploring the internet for information, or just gaining valuable information from those around me. You know that saying “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” and if you don’t use your mind it will atrop...