Warrior Wellness is dedicated to helping you develop skills that foster a happy, balanced life by taking a holistic approach to healthy living. We provide opportunities to learn about all 8 dimensions of wellness to help you identify multiple ways to improve your personal wellness.
Emotional Wellness focuses on your ability to experience, recognize and express a full range of emotion, and channel these emotions in healthy and effective ways. Your emotional health can effect all eight dimensions of wellness so it is important to understand where you are emotionally and what tools are available to help improve your emotional wellness.
Stress is a part of everyone's lives and can negatively affect our wellness more than we realize if it is not managed appropriately. Chronic stress can have a number of negative side effects including: depressed mood, extreme fatigue, heightened susceptibility to disease & illness, as well as an increase to self-medicating behaviors such as drug & alcohol abuse, and an adverse affect on eating and dietary behaviors, among other similar physiological and psychological symptoms.
There are many ways that one can manage stress such as exercise, stress management techniques, counseling and recreational activities.
Inspired by the Happiness Initiative, Wellness Online will focus on how caring for oneself not only contributes to personal wellness, but also to family, community and global happiness.
Happiness is often underestimated; it can create a cycle of better relationships, improved physical health, more productivity and a longer life. Positive emotions like happiness also contribute to your ability to handle stressors and setbacks.
Savor Everyday MomentsWhen people take time to enjoy ordinary events that are normally rushed, or to think back on pleasant moments from the day they can increase their happiness and reduce depression.
Avoid ComparisonsComparing ourselves with others can be damaging to self-esteem so instead, try focusing on personal achievement because this will lead to greater satisfaction with yourself.
Make Money a Low PriorityPeople who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem accross nations and cultures.
Have Meaningful GoalsEngage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable; people who strive for something significant are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations. Acording to Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, people "actually require a sense of meaning to thrive."
Take Initiative at WorkWhen we express creativity, help others, suggest improvements, or do additional tasks on the job, we make our work more rewarding and feel more in control.
Make Friends, Treasure FamilyHappier people tend to have good, supportive relationships with friends and family that involve understanding and caring.
Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like ItBe optimistic about the future and savor the high points in the past. Practice making positive outlook a habit by seeing and celebrating possiblities, opportunities and success, even on a small scale.
Say Thank You and Mean ItPeople who show genuine gratitude are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Research by Martin Seligman revealed that writing a “gratitude letter” to someone who made a difference in your life will have a lasting positive effect on your happiness.
Get Out and ExerciseA Duke University study shows that exercise may be just as effective as drugs in treating depression, without all the side effects and expense. Other research shows that in addition to health benefits, regular exercise offers a sense of accomplishment and opportunity for social interaction, releases feel-good endorphins, and boosts self-esteem.
Be Selfless More OftenHelping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a “helper’s high,” and you get more health benefits than you would from quitting smoking, according to researcher Stephen Post. Other research shows that those who spend more money on others report greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.
Thank you to The Happiness Initiative and Yes! Magazine, for the research and tips.
Environmental wellness reflects our awareness and appreciation for the critical role the environment plays in our individual wellness and an understanding that humans are part of the environment, not separate from it. All human activity impacts the environment and can jeopardize the environment's ability to provide essential services needed to sustain life.
Environmental wellness can be maximized by accepting personal responsibility for the conservation of our natural resources and preservation of nature's beauty.
Financial wellness relates to the incorporation of financial resources into our vision of security and personal fulfillment. Achieving improved financial wellness includes informed decision-making, learning how to use credit wisely, and discovering how to save, and plan for our future. Many of us embrace important goals that incorporate our finances, and we each have a unique concept of a rewarding life. Financial wellness is to have the financial means to comfortably attain whatever personal goals we have in order to attain a gratifying lifestyle.
Intellectual wellness reflects our degree of openness to new ideas, our propensity to challenge ourselves to think critically, our inclination to nourish our creativity and curiosity, and our motivation to master new skills. Intellectual wellness can be enhanced through life long integration of enjoyable, thought-provoking, and imaginative mental activities.
Continuing to learn about the world around us and allowing ourselves to grow from the integration of this new knowledge into our life can enhance our intellectual wellness. For instance, learning about a new culture or philosophy increases not only one's intellectual wellness, but spiritual wellness as well.
Occupational wellness is expressed by the degree of personal satisfaction and enrichment in our life through our occupation. Enhancing our occupational wellness may include finding a job that integrates and balances our skills and interests, or discovering a more satisfying way to incorporate our skills and interests into our current career. It also may encompass maintaining a suitable balance between work and other dimensions of our life. Finding a healthy way to integrate work into our life can enhance personal satisfaction and overall wellness.
Physical wellness seems like a global term for a lot of topics:
Although there is a lot to keep in mind with physical health, we can all live well with a proactive approach and a little nurturing. Respect your body by eating healthy foods and staying hydrated. Build your physical endurance through regular exercise and respect your body's need for rest.
Social wellness refers to our ability to interact successfully within a community and throughout a variety of cultural contexts while showing respect for ourselves and others. It encompasses our interpersonal relationships, social support networks, and community engagement. As a member of a community, we may develop satisfying relationships, a capacity for intimacy, an understanding of self in relation to others, and a sense of belonging. To achieve social wellness, we can acquire the skills to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, transcend differences, and provide leadership in community. Social wellness is interwoven into other dimensions of wellness through an emphasis on orienting the individual within a community context.
The basis of spiritual wellness is finding meaning and purpose to our life and our place in the greater universe. Referring to the purpose we discover for ourselves and the unique way that we have chosen to harmonize with the world around us can help us choose actions that are consistent with our personal beliefs and values. Reconciling our actions with our beliefs can be central to the development of spiritual wellness, among many other facets of our life.
Spiritual wellness can have a dramatic impact on various realms of wellness, particularly with respect to finding overall peace, harmony, and happiness with our life and surroundings. Becoming aware of how spirituality weaves into your life can be helpful in developing a integrated, holistic, and balanced self.