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A State of Being

With Millennials starting to run the show in a lot of areas, it’s hardly surprising that more and more information about “wellness” is cropping up in our spaces. But what is wellness, exactly? The University of California, Davis defines it as “an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.”

I feel like that sounds really daunting. To me that means constant introspecting, candid statements about what you need, and regularly challenging the status quo. But I also know, despite my own struggles to “be well” that this kind of a process is absolutely worth it.

As I, and I suspect many of you reading this, think of my own wellness goals I look to my parents, parents-in-law, and grandparents. Are there aspects of their life that I would want to emulate? Why or why not.

When it comes to physical health, when I look at folx older than me I renew my own commitment to preventative care. I’m making an effort to eat a balanced diet, set up doctors’ appointments, go to the chiropractor (and I’ll admit that writing this post makes me realize I need to do the two latter things very soon), and exercise.

As a society we don’t really talk about money, which is weird because so much of what we do revolves around it. It’s not just weird when it comes to women, it’s also dangerous. We have longer lifespans than our male counterparts, so a critical component of wellness has to be financial wellness. What kind of a life do you want to have now and what kind of a life do you want down the road? Setting solid financial goals, with or without a financial planner, are key to your overall wellness.

Other areas of our lives that fall under the “wellness umbrella” are occupational, social, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. I hesitate to give concrete examples in these areas (at least in this post) because of how personal they are. Our bodies need many of the same things to thrive and we all need money to get by. What we need to be satisfied in our careers, social interactions, to be mentally stimulated, feel a spiritual connection, or feed our emotional needs are so different.

What are some goals you’ll be setting this year to have a healthy and fulfilling life?

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  1. “As a society we don’t really talk about money, which is weird because so much of what we do revolves around it. It’s not just weird when it comes to women, it’s also dangerous. We have longer lifespans than our male counterparts, so a critical component of wellness has to be financial wellness.”

    Another thing about this that always comes to mind is the social history of it being more acceptable for ciswomen to marry older cismen, making the expected longer lifespan seem even longer with the initial age gap. When race, sexuality, and income brackets come into it, it really goes wild.

    Another thing that people tend to not prepare for is death, which is something that should be talked about. It’s totally a part of life, part of the circle that keeps us going.

    My goal is to (finally) get my living will set up. I might die tomorrow. I might die in another 70 years. But people should know what to do.

    Two links to consider:
    http://www.maximumfun.org/adam-ruins-everything/adam-ruins-everything-episode-2-death-acceptance-caitlin-doughty
    https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/03/05/286126451/living-wills-are-the-talk-of-the-town-in-la-crosse-wis

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