The definition of Wellness: the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. - The World Health Organization.
Good physical health greatly contributes to good mental health while good mental health contributes to good physical health. Oftentimes, people with mood disorders are struggling with both. Additional components of wellness are: Emotional/ Spiritual, Intellectual, Occupational, and Social wellness. So what does one do to improve their physical and mental health?
- Physical - Maintain a healthy body by exercising and eating a healthy diet. Also, do not be afraid to seek preventative medical care by seeing your doctor regularly. This includes your doctor, psychiatrist and/or therapist/counselor. Take all medications prescribed by your doctors regularly.
- Emotional/Spiritual - Understand your feelings and cope effectively with stress.Try finding some healthy ways of dealing with stress like keeping a journal, meditation and controlling negative thoughts.
- Intellectual - Have an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continue to expand your knowledge. Seek out new hobbies, read interesting books/ magazines, or on-line articles. Perhaps enroll in a class.
- Occupational - Enjoy your occupational endeavors and appreciate your contributions. Try exploring available jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities or find/keep a job that fulfills you.
- Social - Develop and maintain healthy relationships and avoid unhealthy relationships. Connect with others who share your same values and beliefs. Hopefully, this website will provide you with the opportunity to connect with others who understand your struggles and triumphs of living with a mood disorder.