2013-10-17 / Community

Just for the "well" of it

Cathy Kaltz Cathy Kaltz Hello! It’s been approximately a year and a half since I began writing these wellness columns and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has given me such positive feedback. I appreciate your “readership”!

This is also a good time to remind you that wellness is not limited to only diet and exercise issues. It involves your total being and affects every aspect of your life. That said, please enjoy these tips for wellness in each dimension:

Physical – Exercise daily, get adequate rest, use seatbelts, helmets and other protective gear (including sunscreen), learn to recognize early signs of illness, practice safe sex, eat a variety of fresh, healthy, colorful foods, control portions, don’t smoke or use recreational drugs, use alcohol in moderation.

Emotional – Tune-in to your thoughts and feelings, work on having an optimistic attitude, seek support for yourself as well as providing it for others, learn good time management skills, practice stress management techniques, accept and forgive others, keep a gratitude journal.

Social – Cultivate healthy relationships, get involved in community projects, contribute to your community, share your talents and skills, effectively communicate your thoughts and feelings.

Environmental – Stop your junk mail/paper waste, conserve water, minimize chemical use, reduce-reuse recycle and re-purpose, become more aware of your surroundings, be more mindful of your daily living habits, don’t litter.

Intellectual – Take a course or workshop, learn a foreign language, associate with people who challenge your intellect, read more, learn to appreciate art, teach someone something, play games and do puzzles, visit reliable websites for new information.

Spiritual – Try exploring your inner spiritual core, ask yourself questions and be mindful of the answers, spend some time alone or meditate regularly, be inquisitive/curious, be fully present in everything you do, listen with your heart and live by your principles, allow yourself and others to be who they are, see opportunities for growth in the challenges you face each day.

Occupational – Explore a variety of career options, create a vision for your future, choose or change to a career that suits your personality, interests and talents, visit a planning/placement office and use their available resources, be open to change and learning ne skills for your advancement, do what you love and love what you do.

Financial – Make a detailed budget and record everything, decide how necessary an item is before purchasing, consolidate your debt into one with a decent interest rate and manageable payment, get rid of all but one credit card (the one with the lowest interest rate), use cards for only true emergencies, involve your children in your money management efforts, take better care of what you have to lower repair/ replacement costs, keep all receipts.

I hope you can all find ways to incorporate some of these tips into your everyday life…just for the “Well” of it!

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Kaltz is a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist, (906) 286-0985.

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