by Marilyn Coplin, Director of Recreation & Volunteer Services, Lutheran Senior Services at Laclede Groves
Most folks have heard about "wellness" & talk about it, but WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Wellness has been defined in many ways & there are several types of wellness: real wellness, holistic wellness, & whole person wellness to name a few. In addition, there are several dimensions of the wellness spectrum: physical, mental, spiritual, social, intellectual, & vocational. All of which I believe are important & need to be considered when building your wellness framework.
When creating your wellness framework, consider the following: become more positive in the present, expand your memory, bring yourself closer to your Lord, increase time with friends & family, be creative, & learn something new. All of which will help you perform better in the dimensions of aging.
Positive people are happy, have less stress, give more than they receive, & try to make someone else's day better. Simple exercise that for positive habits will increase health & happiness.
Use praise & recognition, write a daily note about what you are grateful for, send a positive e-mail or letter to someone & surround yourself with social relationships. Be that person that friends want to go to when they are having a rough time... My motto is to "Be active, Be fit, Be well."
Ultimately, you are the creator of your own wellness framework. It will enable you to live an engaged life that is filled with purpose.