The In's and Out's of Emotional & Physical Wellness

Emotional wellness refers to your ability to have and maintain satisfying relationships, cope with emotions, and be resilient in the face of difficult challenges. On the other hand, physical wellness has a lot to do with your relationship with physical activity, nutrition, sleep, etc.

It's important to have a balance between all 8 dimensions of wellness (as discussed in this blog), but emotional and physical wellness go hand in hand- it's difficult to have one without the other. If you have poor nutrition, are engaging in harmful activities (drugs, excessive alcohol consumption, and/or tobacco usage), and you're living a sedentary lifestyle your emotional wellness is bound to suffer. However, if you're living in high stress, not coping with negative emotions, or you're engaging in little to zero self-care the chances of you wanting to take care of your physical wellness is probably low.

Luckily, there are some ways to begin finding a balance with your emotional and physical wellness that are simple to implement. We'll start with physical wellness.

It's vital that your body moves as much as possible. This will help with fatigue, stress, depression, sleeping problems, injury prevention- the list goes on and on. To keep your body moving, follow these steps:

  • Exercise three times a week (ideally 20-30 minutes per session).

  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, and walk whenever possible.

  • Get consistent and adequate sleep.