Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence. It is a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life, continually stretch your boundaries, and make your life, and the lives of those you touch, truly exceptional.
Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges. Ultimately, wellness is a hands-on, get-down-to-business approach to being the best you can possibly be.
Social wellness emphasizes your interdependence with others, your community, and nature. Developing social wellness involves creating a capacity for intimacy, learning good communication skills, moving beyond a personal outlook to a more global worldview, cultivating a network of caring friends and family members, and contributing to your community, country, and world.
Actions to try:
- Be of service to others. In your own fashion, reach out and make a difference in someone else’s life by supporting a cause, helping the needy, working with a child.
- Donate time/goods/ideas in the local community.
- Become a Block Parent.
- Write to a newspaper or politician or call a radio show with respect to an equality, advocacy, or justice issue.
- Donate blood or join a bone marrow or organ donor registry.
- Take public transportation to work or carpool.
- Cycle or walk to work and back.
- Join a car pool or join a car cooperative.
- Recycle newspapers and/or plastics and/or glass and/or metals.
- Conserve office paper by photocopying on two sides, making fewer copies and recycling
- Communicate in a caring and respectful fashion to resolve a personal conflict.
- Write a letter or make a phone call to a friend or family member you have not communicated with for more than 6 months
- Care for a friend’s child or pet for an evening so that they can go out and enjoy themselves.
- Sign up to help out with an event in your condominium or community.
- Walk to do all of your errands for one week (if you usually use a car).
- Live an entire day with one predominant thought “How can I help other people?” or “what is the right thing to do now?” and take note of the many opportunities that present themselves.
For more information about resilience and personal development the following resources may be helpful.
- Building Resilience. HealthLinkBC. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/abk9962
- The Road to Resilience. American Psychological Society. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx
- How To Build Your Resilience. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/how-be-yourself/201709/how-build-your-resilience
- Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Your Kids. Psycom. https://www.psycom.net/build-resilience-children
- Building Resilience. Psych Central. https://psychcentral.com/lib/building-resilience/
- Overcoming adversity by building resilience. TED Talks (Carol Taylor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nag7az4-vEo
- Eight Secrets of Success. TED Talks (Richard St. John). https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success_success)