When looking up the definition of wellness, well-being or whole-person wellness, you will find many different answers. Wellness is not just about the physical or emotional aspect of one’s life. In order to remain actively engaged to the mind, body and spirit, and to say you are reducing the risk of disease, you must incorporate all of the dimensions of wellness into your life.
In today’s society, there is a lot of talk about staying brain healthy. The mind, or the intellectual dimension of wellness, plays a role in all parts of whole-person well-being. One way to help keep your mind healthy is to remain involved in the social aspect of your life. Although many turn to crossword puzzles and computer programming, it is vital to keep engagement with others. Computers and puzzle activities do not engage the social dimension; rather, a majority of those programs are isolating. By participating in a social based group, such as an exercise class or total brain health class, you are keeping more elements of wellness in your life. The mind will feel a sense of belonging when engaged with others around you.
Loneliness and isolation in older adults is common. An online article stated that isolated elders had a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than their more social counterparts. To keep the mind happy and healthy, join a social club, exercise class or become involved with a local group. By engaging the mind, you are also creating a lifestyle of whole-person wellness through the other dimensions of wellness.
DAY 3: INTELLECTUAL
The intellectual dimension encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. Our minds need to be continually inspired and exercised just as our bodies do. People who possess a high level of intellectual wellness have an active mind and continue to learn. An intellectually well person uses the resources available to expand one's knowledge and improve skills. Keeping up-to-date on current events and participating in activities that arouse our minds are also important. The path to wellness will result in seeking creative endeavors and continually exploring one’s intellectual curiosity.
Analyze your current state of intellectual wellness based on the description. Spend time expanding your knowledge through reading and problem-solving. Share your gift or talent with other. Be productive with your learning and find activities that stimulate mental growth.
Action Tips: Pick a new book to begin reading and swap an hour of television time this week to start. Identify a continuing education opportunity that fits your professional or personal interests and sign up to participate. Seek out people who challenge you intellectually.