Dimensions of well-being
In the Indian milieu and culture where only physical form is the subject of much attention, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental well-being remains ignored or poorly understood.
This period of pandemic containment test allowed us to understand the importance of our general well-being. Daily news of tragedy, death, disaster and suicide amid the current restrictions can be traumatic and impact our overall well-being.
Therefore, it is important to understand that just as our lower physical immune system can put us at risk, so too can a head full of darkness, a heart full of loneliness, a life without a purpose, or a suddenly shaken belief about our surroundings. modified can also cause danger. In other words, it is necessary to probe the meaning of our overall well-being explained below and explore all of these dimensions to take charge of our own health.
Optimal physical health requires eating well, exercising, avoiding harmful habits, making responsible sex decisions, knowing and recognizing symptoms of illness, having medical examinations, and dental procedures and take action to prevent injury at home, on the road and on the road. work. The habits you develop and the decisions you make today will largely determine not only how many years you live, but also the quality of your life in those years.
Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-control, fulfilling relationships and the ability to share feelings are just some of the qualities and aspects emotional well-being. Emotional health is a dynamic state that fluctuates with your physical, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal, social, and environmental health. Maintaining emotional well-being requires monitoring and exploring your thoughts and feelings, identifying barriers to emotional well-being, and finding solutions to emotional problems, with the help of a compassionate partner or partner. ‘a therapist, if necessary.
Characteristics of intellectual health include an openness to new ideas, an ability to question and think critically, and motivation to master new skills, as well as a sense of humor, creativity and curiosity. An active mind is essential for general well-being, for learning, assessing and storing health-related information. Your mind detects problems, finds solutions, and directs behavior. People who love intellectual well-being never stop learning. They relish new experiences and challenges and actively seek them out. This is how they also build resilience.
Enjoying spiritual health is about owning a set of guiding beliefs, principles or values ââthat give meaning and purpose to your life, especially during difficult times. Spiritual well-being involves the capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, selflessness, joy and fulfillment. It is an antidote to cynicism, anger, fear, anxiety, self-centeredness and pessimism. Spirituality transcends the individual and can be a common bond between people. Organized religions help many people to develop spiritual health. Many others find meaning and purpose in their lives on their own through nature, art, meditation, political action or good works.
Interpersonal and social well-being
Satisfying relationships are essential for physical and emotional health. We need to have people who love and support each other in our lives. Developing interpersonal well-being means acquiring good communication skills, developing the capacity for intimacy, and cultivating a supportive network of caring friends and / or family members. Social well-being requires participating and contributing to your community, your country and the world.
Environmental or planetary well-being
Personal health depends on the health of the planet, from the security of the food supply to the degree of violence in a society. The current pandemic scenario has given rise to the spread of fear, uncertainty, threat to life, insecurity and the dangerous and unstable existence of human life on earth. To achieve well-being in such circumstances, you have to learn and protect yourself from these risks and do what you can do to reduce or eliminate them, either on your own or with the help of others. But the good step in this direction would always start with working on yourself and taking charge of the environment step by step with positive beliefs in yourself.
These six dimensions of well-being continuously interact, influence and are influenced by each other. Making a change in one dimension often affects some or all of the others. Maintaining good health is a dynamic process, and increasing your level of well-being in one area of ââlife often influences many others.
When uncertainties during a pandemic threaten to leave many of us in deeply stressful situations, it becomes our duty to explore the dimensions of well-being mentioned above in order to bring emotional balance, clarity, fulfillment, the joy of living the exuberance of life.
(The author is a social activist and
an educational advisor)