6 Types of Health & Wellness
Promoting health and wellness, or well-being is an ongoing process throughout your life. Taking action in each type of health will help you create, maintain and improve the quality of your life.
Maintaining health in all areas may also help you live longer, have a balanced life, and help you recover from illness and injury. Understanding each type and how to care for each one will help you live a happy, fulfilling life.
Physical Health & Wellness is about so much more than just taking care of your skin. It includes recognizing the need for healthy foods, physical activity and sleep. Preventing illness or injury through good habits can also help you manage chronic health conditions.
Physical Health Goals:
- First understand how your body works
- Feel more comfortable with the way your body looks
- To make informed decisions about your body and sexuality
- Feel confident during physical activities
- Create healthy and well-balanced eating habits
- Be a responsible drinker or a non-drinker
- Learn how a lack of sleep, stress, and non-activity can affect your body
- Learn how things like food, drinks, drugs, and additives can affect your body
- Make movement a part of your daily routine to improve flexibility, strength and heart health.
- Seek medical attention as you need it for illness, injury and preventative care
Emotional Health can be defined as coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships. It’s not just about the physical, but also emotional aspects that make up our well-being in this world.
Emotional Health Goals:
- Become aware of how you are feeling and accept them as indicators of what you may be experiencing
- Be able to experience and express the emotions of love, humor, joy, fear, anger, frustration, gratitude, sadness, etc.
- Develop effective communication skills
- Develop self-esteem and a healthy self-image
- Develop skills that help you handle stressful situations and crises
- Develop and maintain loving relationships
Social Health is developing a sense of connection, belonging and creating a positive support system. It helps us to feel more fulfilled as human beings.
Social Health Goals:
- Create and maintain close friendships
- Be comfortable interacting with different individuals and groups
- Accept people with different race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status and life experience than yours.
- Become aware that you are part of a larger community, part of the global consciousness
- Become a responsible world citizen
Intellectual Health means recognizing one’s creative abilities and finding ways to expand your knowledge.
Intellectual Health Goals:
- Be open to new ideas and experiences in your life
- Improve your academic skills by reading and learning a variety of things
- Learn time management and stress management skills
- Develop listening and public speaking skills
- Develop your ability to create, concentrate, understand, evaluate and problem solve
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Become a “life-long learning”
Spiritual Health is the expansion of one’s sense for purpose and meaning in life. It could be religious or not, but it always includes a strong moral compass to guide you through the day with confidence.
Spiritual Health Goals:
- Examine your own personal values
- Question your values and develop new ones as needed
- Realize that values develop and change throughout life
- Be aware that others may have different values
- Develop meaning and purpose in your own life
- Develop congruency and integrity by behaving in ways that are aligned with your values
- Explore the issues related to your own life and death
Financial Health is the state of being satisfied with your current and future finances.
Financial Health Goals
- Gain control of your finances
- Understand how to manage a budget, credit cards, bank accounts, investments, retirement funds, etc.
- Be able to handle your finances without too much stress
- Set short and long term goals and work toward them
- The ultimate goal is to be financially free