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SELF Care: Making the best version of YOU


Alcohol, Communication & Assertiveness, Diet & Body Image, Mindfulness, Nature, Nutrition, Sleep, etc. These are all topics that pertain to health and self-care. July is Social Wellness Month, which promotes a theme for us as individuals to prioritize our social wellness. This is done through forming healthy relationships, strong social networks, and support systems, all of which are vital to our overall well-being. The biblical perspective on health & wellness is that the body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

The National Wellness Institute promotes what is called the Six Dimensions of Wellness. They are the following: Emotional, Occupational, Physical, Social, Intellectual, and Spiritual. What is Wellness? Throughout time and across cultures, the term “wellness” has been defined and applied in many ways. The National Wellness Institute encapsulates these interpretations by acknowledging that:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving one’s full potential.
  • Wellness encompasses lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment.
  • Wellness is positive, affirming, and contributes to living a long and healthy life.
  • Wellness is multicultural and holistic, involving multiple dimensions.

Social wellness, or well-being, can be defined as one’s ability to effectively interact with those around him/herself and to create a support system that includes friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc.

Maintaining an optimal level of social wellness allows one to build healthy relationships with others. Social wellness also fosters a connection with those individuals, while contributing to one’s sense of belonging – which is important for optimal wellness. Some positive social wellness habits include the following:

  • Take care of yourself. To help manage your stress, exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and pursue self-care activities/hobbies
  • Make connections
  • Join social groups with like-minded people with whom you share common interests
  • Consider adopting a pet
  • Maintain Connections
  • Seek help when you need it

Becoming engaged with other people in your community. Valuing diversity and treating others with respect. The ability to create boundaries within relationship boundaries that encourage communication, trust and conflict management. All are examples of good social wellness. 

Improving health and wellness in your community is a noble endeavor that can have a lasting impact on the well-being of individuals and families. Here are six ways you can contribute to creating a healthier community:

  • Promote Health Education and Awareness:
    • Organize workshops, seminars, and community events to educate residents about healthy lifestyle choices, preventive care, and disease management.
    • Collaborate with local schools, community centers, and healthcare providers to develop educational programs on nutrition, exercise, mental health, and other relevant topics.
    • Distribute informational materials and resources to raise awareness about common health issues and available support services.
  • Establish Community Gardens:
    • Advocate for and create community gardens where residents can grow their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
    • Provide education on organic gardening practices, sustainable agriculture, and the benefits of consuming fresh, locally grown produce.
    • Encourage community members to participate in gardening activities, fostering a sense of connection, physical activity, and access to nutritious food.
  • Support Physical Activity Initiatives:
    • Collaborate with local recreational facilities, schools, and sports clubs to promote physical activity programs for all age groups.
    • Organize community walks, runs, or bike rides to raise awareness about the importance of regular exercise.
    • Advocate for the development and maintenance of parks, playgrounds, and walking trails to provide accessible spaces for physical activity.
  • Address Food Insecurity:
    • Establish partnerships with local food banks, shelters, and community organizations to address food insecurity and provide nutritious meals to those in need.
    • Advocate for policies that support access to affordable, healthy food options in underserved areas.
    • Facilitate food drives and volunteer initiatives to collect and distribute food to vulnerable populations.
  • Foster Mental Health Support:
    • Collaborate with mental health professionals, counsellors, and organizations to offer mental health support services to community members.
    • Organize workshops and support groups to address mental health challenges, stress management, and promote overall well-being.
    • Raise awareness about the importance of mental health through campaigns, educational resources, and community events.
  • Engage in Policy Advocacy:
    • Advocate for policies that promote health and wellness in your community, such as smoke-free ordinances, safe walking and biking infrastructure, and access to healthcare services.
    • Collaborate with local government officials, community leaders, and advocacy groups to drive policy changes that prioritize public health.
    • Stay informed about proposed policies and regulations related to health and wellness, and actively participate in public hearings, meetings, and decision-making processes.

Remember, improving health and wellness in your community is a collective effort. By engaging with others, leveraging local resources, and promoting a culture of well-being, you can contribute to creating a healthier, happier community for all. 

July, Social Awareness Month, Health, Wellness, The National Wellness Institute


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