Words of Wellness
The pandemic has drawn our attention to social wellness for young and old. Disconnection and loneliness became so rampant for so many. We have been inspired by how creative people have become in reaching out to others. One thing we have learned is how important social connections can be for our health. This is true for heart health too.
Many people find winter to be a challenging time: the days get shorter, less sunlight, the weather gets colder and the holidays can create stress. We are coming to the end of the year but it looks likely that the additional difficulties of the 2020 pandemic will be with us for some time to come.
Tidy is as tidy does. Decluttering and organizing have practical as well as emotional results. In fact, as series of studies suggest a link between disorder and self-control.
Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms. Media include television, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, social media, memes, gifs, and more. Media literacy skills relate to intellectual wellness and can help us stay up to date on what is happening around us in a mindful way.
A common theme has been emerging from casual conversations, about the therapeutic value of…gardening! Some have even claimed to enjoy weeding! Considering the challenges so many are experiencing now, it is refreshing to hear of the joy so many are getting out of their gardens…and music!
An important component of wellness is focusing on the strengths and discovering the lessons and meaning in our challenges and adversities. Now more than ever is it important to keep ourselves focused on the wellness model to help regain a sense of balance and order since our habits and routines have been disrupted due to the pandemic. Read more about the wellness model in this issue of Words of Wellness.