Why is Wellness Important for Seniors?
Your health and wellbeing are important at any age but become even more important as you age. As we get older, our bodies, minds and spirits all need some extra attention and care to ensure we are living our healthiest lives possible so that we can live life the way we want to. One way to be sure you’re taking proper care of yourself is to incorporate the 8 dimensions of wellness into your regular routine.
The 8 Dimensions of Wellness
What are the 8 dimensions of wellness? Below is each dimension of wellness and an explanation of how you can incorporate each into your regular routine:
- Physical – this dimension focused on caring for your physical body and staying healthy. You can practice physical wellness by exercising regularly and making healthy dining choices.
- Intellectual – when you practice intellectual wellness you are maintaining curiosity about all there is to learn, expanding your knowledge and responding positively to intellectual changes. To practice intellectual wellness, perhaps you can sign up for an online class or try something you’ve never done before.
- Emotional – being in tune with your emotions and understanding your feelings, values and attitudes is all a part of practicing emotional wellness. When you achieve a good level of emotional wellness, you should be able to feel positive about your life and be able to manage your emotions in a healthy way. To become more in tune with your inner self, you can always try meditation or yoga to help calm your mind.
- Social – this dimension is all about the relationships in your life. To practice social wellness, you should make an effort to maintain healthy social relationships with the individuals in your life. You can do this by setting up a weekly time to chat with family or even joining a new club that allows you to be social regularly.
- Spiritual – to practice spiritual wellness, you will want to find purpose, value and meaning in your life with or without organized religion. You can do this through whichever practice you’re most comfortable with. Practicing a specific religion and meditation are two ways to get in tune with your spiritual self.
- Vocational – for vocational wellness, you will want to focus on how you can participate in work that provides you with personal satisfaction. This doesn’t mean you have to get a job, but that you should try to find some way to volunteer or give back to a cause that you’re passionate about.
- Financial – being financially well simply means managing your resources to live within your means and setting realistic goals for yourself.
- Environmental – it’s important to understand the impact your actions have on the environment. By being environmentally well, you commit to trying to help keep the planet healthy.
Live a Well-Balanced Lifestyle at Ohio Living Mount Pleasant
At Ohio Living Mount Pleasant, we incorporate the 8 dimensions of wellness into our senior living amenities, services and activities to ensure our residents are able to live a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.