So, what exactly is overall wellness? And how can it be achieved?

Wellness is a state of being; a way of life… a state of complete physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational and environmental well-being. It can be achieved by practicing daily mindfulness and aligning our lives with our values.

The 7 aspects of wellness and how to achieve it.

1. PHYSICAL – Physical wellness relates to physical activity, healthy nutrition, and the right amount of sleep.

— Movement

Full body movement is my favorite subject to talk about and I could get long winded. But let’s keep it short… Exercise can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, boost self-esteem, minimize stress, and enhance cognitive functioning. We all feel way better after moving our body. Body movement increases blood flow to the body and brain, delivering much needed oxygen to every cell in the body.

— Mindful eating

What does your body want and need? Choose healthy food more often than not. Prepare each meal with love and care. Make time to sit down for your meal instead of eating on the go. Savor every bite, notice the smell, notice the texture and take smaller bites to allow better digestion.

— Restful sleep

Doctors recommend a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night. It is said that the hours before midnight are generally the most rejuvenating. A good tip is to sleep eight hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., which will leave you more rested than if you sleep eight hours between midnight and 8 a.m.

2. EMOTIONAL – Emotional wellness is the ability to cope with life and build satisfying relationships with others.

— Allow yourself to feel

Accept all of your emotions. Laugh, cry, feel the anger, and feel the fear. We need to feel the negative emotions in order to truly let them go. Pushing them down will only lead to physical, mental and emotional issues. To be able to laugh at ourselves is associated with elevated mood, cheerful personality, and a sense of humor. In turn, having a sense of humor helps us cope better with our troubles and downs.

— Breath

When feeling stressed, anxious, angry or scared… take a full minute to just breath. “Be mindful of your breathing”. Inhale slowly and deeply from the belly. Think of filling your belly first, then your lungs. On the exhale, imagine slowly emptying your lungs first, and then your belly. I promise you will feel calmer.

3. INTELLECTUAL – To improve our intellectual wellness, we need to nurture our creativity, curiosity, and learning.

— Keep learning and creating

Read a good book for fun, learn a new language, learn a new skill, play games, do sudoku or crossword puzzles, learn a new dance, or play a musical instrument. Start drawing, painting, or knitting.. you would be learning a new skill and also tapping into your creativity.

4. SOCIAL – Humans are social creatures that require connections, nurturing and support.

— Stay connected

Here are a few simple ideas to help you along. Participating in a group activity like going to the gym, joining a group fitness class, or dance class. Joining a book club or other type o