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What is your wellness quotient? On a scale of 1 to 10, how good is your health? Do you have something to do? Now is a good time to start doing this. August is National Wellness Month, which promotes wellness: take care of yourself, get your stress under control, and start turning those bad habits into healthy routines for your well-being. A friend went to her regular check-up appointment. Blood pressure: lower than before. Blood sugar: a downward move away from borderline diabetics. Weight: also reduced. Everything was moving in the right direction. She was encouraged to think of other ways she could improve her wellness quotient, her quality of life. And when she gets lazy, her dog reminds her it’s time for her morning or evening walk. He also seems to care about her well-being, she laughs. Actually, it’s good for both of them to be on their feet and moving.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) defines the eight dimensions of well-being: emotional, financial, social, spiritual, professional, physical, intellectual and environmental. My friend took a closer look, a glimpse of her own eight dimensions.

Everything on the list contributes to well-being. When one dimension falters, the others are affected as well. Wellness means having a purpose in life, work and play that makes us feel whole, complete and happy. Good, solid relationships nourish us, encourage us to be all we can be. And to achieve our goals and dreams, we need a healthy body. Our living environment influences our perception, our attitudes and our behavior. All of these things contribute to happiness and affect the overall quality of life.

The National Wellness Institute says: “Wellness at the highest level [is] Optimal functioning in the current environment…achieved when there are sustained changes in behaviors, mindsets and practices.”

Wellness means living life fully – physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s about eating right to keep the body functioning properly, the mind active, and the spirit nourished. It’s about living life as it suits you, that challenges you to be the best that you can be. It’s your lifestyle, your authentic self. These are concepts that come from the National Institutes of Health. It’s about taking responsibility for yourself. It’s about controlling your impulses rather than letting them control you so you can reach for the things you want to achieve.

You may not be able to run a marathon, but you can start with feasible changes, such as: B. drink more water, eat more fresh vegetables and fruits with meals. Don’t you sleep well? Look for the reasons why. The adage about a clean desk, a clean mind applies here. Where you sleep and the conditions of this area affect your rest, I read somewhere. Maybe you’re old enough to remember how mom or grandma used to hang sheets on the clothesline in the yard and how those sheets smelled when you curled up in a freshly made bed. Mmmmm.

If there is one positive thing about the pandemic, it might be that the world has taken a step back, slowed down and contemplated the meaning of life, the reason for being. You can have the biggest bank account and still not be happy because you can’t buy the most important things in life. So it’s National Wellness Month. What can you do for your own well-being? As a doctor once advised his patient, “If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be there to take care of all the things that you need to take care of…or think you need to take care of.”

The Family Recovery Center provides psychiatric services as well as addiction services. The goal is the health and well-being of all. For more information on education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related behavioral problems, contact the Agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; Phone: 330-424-1468; or email, [email protected] Visit the website at familyrecovery.org. FRC is funded in part by the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board


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