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The last dimension of wellness that we will cover in this series is occupational wellness. Occupational wellness is “the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time, address workplace stress, and build relationships with co-workers. It focuses on your search for a calling and involves exploring various career options and finding where you fit in.”
Life is about balance. It is about finding your happy medium. Living your best life involves finding a career that gives you a sense of purpose and pride, managing your finances in such a way that you don’t feel constantly stressed or anxious about money, having the financial means to take care of your physical health, and earning a living that allows you to live the life that you want to live.
This balance is not something that is just given to you. You must find it. The path to obtaining this dimension of wellness isn’t necessarily a straightforward path, at least for some; and that is completely fine. Part of achieving occupational wellness might include “exploring various career options and finding where you fit in.”
Life is about making mistakes and then learning from those mistakes. Life is about taking risks and following your heart and your intuition. The majority of us have to work and will have to work for a significant portion of our lives. To settle for a job that doesn’t allow you to create a balance between work and leisure and that doesn’t award you with a feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment the majority of the time is a mistake that far too many people make.
Occupational wellness greatly affects your physical, emotional, and intellectual wellness, which in turn affects all the other remaining dimensions of your wellness. In order to achieve occupational wellness, self-reflection is vital. You must ask yourself questions like:
Do I enjoy the work that I do most days?
Do I feel that the workload I am responsible for is manageable?
Do I feel that I am able to communicate openly and honestly with my co-workers and superiors when problems arise, or I need help with something?
Do I feel that the work that I do is valued?
Do I have time where I am completely free from work and can enjoy the things that I love to do with the people whom I love to be with?
We are solely responsible for all dimensions of our wellness. It is important to develop a relationship with ourselves that is honest, positive, and communicative. The deeper the sense of awareness that we develop within ourselves, the easier it will become to recognize and address issues or faults in our personal holistic wellness plan. We must learn to listen to ourselves and do what is best for the sake of our wellness, including our occupational wellness.
A major component of your individual wellness includes your emotional wellness. We’ve all heard the phrase, “stress kills,” and there is actually a great truth behind this statement. Our mental and emotional state can directly affect our physical state.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we know that the best approach to health is a holistic and preventative approach. Taking care of your emotional wellbeing will benefit more than just your mind, mood, and mental state.
Your emotional wellbeing is dependent on how you manage your stress levels, how much sleep you regularly get, how organized and productive you are with your professional or school work, the support you receive from your friends, family, and or a therapist, your activity level, and your spiritual wellbeing (check out last week’s blog post), among so many other essential elements.
According to the American Psychological Association, mismanaged stress keeps roughly 40% of adults up at night. Insufficient and restless sleep only further perpetuates stress levels, so this cycle is quite detrimental. Stress has been linked to heart disease, insomnia, depression, anxiety, obesity, headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, the common cold, and even certain types of cancer.
Most of our everyday lives contain multiple potential stress-causers: work deadlines, pressure from our bosses, family responsibilities, financial obligations, social commitments, unforeseen expenses and events, health issues, and just everyday life tasks. It is a common feeling to feel like there is never enough time in a day. While we are trying to accomplish everything that we feel is important, we often overlook or push to the backburner aspects of our own wellbeing, including our emotional wellbeing.
While no one’s life is completely void of stress-causing events and situations, those who learn how to manage their stress, prioritize their to-do lists, seek support, and make their emotional wellbeing an important dimension of their overall health and wellness, will be far healthier, happier, and all and all better off.
Tips for emotional wellbeing
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Seeking therapy doesn’t mean you have failed or are incapable.
- Make sleep, a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, and a little “me-time” a top priority.
- Create an obtainable routine.
- Pick your battles.
- Learn to breathe and mediate.
- Journal or make lists before you go to sleep and or in the morning.
- Spend more time with the people who bring you the most joy and peace.
- Spend more time outdoors and in nature.
- Accept that no one is perfect, no one can do it all all the time, and that tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start.
The Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness blog focuses a lot of wellness. We talk about wellness as a whole state of being and that through certain choices and habits, we can achieve optimal wellness. We’ve shared with you in the past some different ways to improve your health and wellness through preventative practices, diet and Juice Plus+, sleep, exercise, and yoga and meditation, among other beneficial habits. We truly believe that the more you know, the more capable you are of making the right decisions for you and your family.
Wellness includes far more than just our physical wellbeing and state of health though. The holistic approach to health and wellness is actually made up of seven main dimensions that are all interconnected. It is important to understand what each dimension includes and the ways in which you can promote wellness in each particular dimension in order to promote wellness as a whole. Holistic health involves looking at ourselves and our health as a whole and not in parts. What is happening in one part of our bodies or our lives affects every other part. Our existence is cyclical.
Our wellness is in our hands, and it is definitely helpful to be given valuable tools, resources, information, and tips to help inspire and teach us how to live out our healthiest and happiest lives. That is what the Parker Dentistry blog really aims to do. Over the next seven weeks, we will break down each of the seven dimensions of wellness, offer tips on how to improve each particular dimension in your life, and illustrate how each dimension is connected to all of the rest.
The first question we will answer in this informative, inspiring, and wellness-promoting mini-series is what the seven dimensions of wellness are.
The seven dimensions of wellness are: