Wellness- What is It?

Wellness- What is It?
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  • There are many cases where an overweight 30 year old takes a look in the mirror and decides its time to start working out. He or she slaps on a pair of jeans, puts on his or her best running shoes, and hits the treadmill. While physical fitness is one aspect of health, it is not the only one. For someone to be completely well, or in a state of wellness, they must be healthy in all aspects- physically fit, mentally sharp, emotionally stable, and socially adept. 
  • Another aspect of wellness is mental and emotional health. Oftentimes one of the negative factors of mental and emotional health is stress. Things that make a person feel stressed can be relationship, work, financial problems, or health concerns. Stress is the worrying that occurs over stimuli that make a person feel like he or she is in danger. When this happens, a person often feels trapped, frightened, or angry. Learning to cope with stress can help immensely in the fight for mental and emotional wellness.  To deal with stress, one must utilize coping techniques such as breathing exercises, physical exercise, and working to end the stimuli that cause stress. 
  • The last aspect of wellness is social awareness. This can be a tricky field of wellness to cover, especially for those who are not comfortable interacting with others. However, learning to be socially adept can be extremely rewarding and beneficial to your health. Many interaction that occur between individuals can be cursory or superficial, but it is the deeper, more personal interactions that form relationships and aid in the development of social awareness. Therefore, to develop this side of wellness, it is essential to listen to others when they are talking about their issues and offer your emotional support. This helps to establish lasting relationships that will aid a person on their journey towards total wellness. 
  • In closing, a person's wellness is determined by not only thier dedication to physical fitness, but also by their mental and emotional health, as well as their social interactions. It is essential to maintain a balance between these aspects of life so that one does not overwhelm the others. When one aspect of wellness is neglected, it tends to affect the other aspects of wellness as well. 
  • Physical fitness is comprised of several aspects: muscle strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. Muscle strength is obtained through exercises that work out someone's muscles, such as pushups, situps, and weightlifting. Flexibility is obtained through stretching, such as toe touches and other various stretches. Finally, Cardiovascular fitness is obtained through exercises that work out a person's lungs and heart, such as jogging, swimming, and biking. 
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