Wellness Resources

 Definition of the Term “Wellness”

Wellness is not the mere absence of disease. It is a proactivepreventive approach designed to achieve optimum levels of health, social and emotional functioning. Wellness can also be defined as an active process through which you become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence.

A wellness-oriented lifestyle encourages you to adopt habits and behaviors that promote better health and an improved quality of life. It also involves the recognition that you have physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs, with each dimension being necessary for optimal levels of functioning.

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Taken from http://definitionofwellness.com/what-is-wellness/

 

Defining the Problem

 

Identifying Common Success Factors

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Having looked at these resources, we now know what we mean by Wellness.

We have an idea of where the challenges to Wellness come from, and we have having identified what factors seem to occur repeatedly among those who have mastered it, seemingly effortlessly.

I believe several of our objectives:

  • advocating for wellness within the department
  • developing opportunities for wellness in the department
  • working to reduce stress
  • taking care of the self
  • helping others identify and meet wellness goals

will be best met (by which I mean, we can have the most impact) by making ‘good choices’ easier, and where possible, the default.

I would propose that we look to the fields of positive psychology and behavioural economics for effective methods of doing that.

The below articles give some idea of what I mean by that:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/resolution-not-conflict/201202/changing-habits-beats-reliance-willpower
http://www.dansplan.com/the-plan/resources/foundations/getting-to-where-you-want-to-go

 

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I look forward to discussing this with you all soon!

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