Are You Well?
I don’t mean it in that way, but how are you really doing?
Especially in these really tough and unusual times? If it’s been good for you, I thank God for your life, be grateful because it’s been a terrible time for many, myself included.
If your life is nearly anything like mine, it’s been full of mental and emotional turmoil. I simply thank God that I do not look like my problems and I remain grateful that I can still find areas of life that give me meaning and purpose.
To be productive and realise our full potential we must be well, not just physically but mentally and socially.
One thing I realise in Nigeria is that the average person is more comfortable just saying they have malaria than be honest about their mental and emotional state. Perhaps its cultural, maybe ignorance, either way, it doesn’t help us at all.
The World Health Organisation defines wellness as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
There are 8 dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension is crucial in the pursuit of our optimal wellbeing.
Wellness matters because our actions and our feelings relate to our wellbeing and really impacts our fulfilment as human beings. When we fall short of our plans and pursuits, the feeling of non-achievement can really hit our emotional state, causing us to feel sad and depressed. At the same time, sadness and depression makes us even less productive and hinders other aspects of our lives, making an already bad situation much worse.
Life is full of ups and downs, many people tend to showcase the positive side of their lives on social media. Sadly, many are led to believe such people have perfect or better lives, believe me, that is far from the truth.
Feeling down or sad is part of life, your emotions are valid and should never be suppressed, rather, we must recognise and accept them. The big concern is how do you cope or whether you are even coping?
If you aren’t coping well, don’t beat yourself up, it just means you are human and there are ways to cope better if you know how to.
So, 2 questions for you?
Which area of wellness do you struggle with the most?
Would you be interested in a Facebook live session on wellness and what area would you like to to focus on?