In my opinion, Wellness encompasses all aspects of the body, mind, and spirit. Incorporating mental, emotional, intellectual, environmental, social, biological, physical, spiritual, cultural, economic, and occupational influences. Influences that can either be toxic or beneficial to our wellbeing. Although it’s nearly impossible to control most influencing factors we interact with on a regular basis, we can begin to recognize when we are being exposed to toxic elements. Additionally, we can become aware of internal feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that can influence how we react to unpleasant encounters. It’s important to note that we can’t change the behavior of others, but can certainly change our reactions, how others treat us, and who we allow in our space.
Figure 1 Core Wellness Components
Figure 2 Wellness Factors
I can only speak from personal experiences, but I am a proponent that we are all capable of working through most challenges. I believe everyone’s definition of and wellness plans are unique. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to create a universal plan, but I do think checklists, worksheets, and short guides can help people plan, respond to, or handle real-world challenges. I hope my worksheets, guides, plans, and more will inspire you to feel like you can face your fears and overcome your challenges; or at least begin trying. We all have to start somewhere. If you have any questions or would like me to post a specific type of worksheet, please feel free to contact me. I’m always open to new ideas and feedback. (Click here to view and print out Wellness Introduction and Core Components Graphics)
(Click here to open the Mental Health Readiness Worksheet)
(Click here to open the Mental Illness Disclosure & Preparedness Think Sheet)
(Click here to open the 7 Steps to Wellness Tips sheet)