There are eight pillars of wellness, so when you’re thinking of self-care Sunday ideas, take all 8 into consideration and make sure none of them are lagging behind. These pillars include: physical, nutritional, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, financial, and environmental. Some of these, you’re probably attending to already without knowing that they are part of becoming a better you.
Here are a few questions to help you assess or improve your pillars of wellness.
This includes how well the body that houses you is functioning. Are you exercising? Are you looking good? Do you have a skin care routine? Do you need to learn how to apply makeup? When you look good, you feel good. What does your grooming routine entail? How often does your grooming routine need to be conducted? Are you sleeping enough?
effort can do way more than a lot of people realize. figuring out the most flattering haircut for your face shape, grooming your eyebrows, doing a skin routine, picking clothes shaped to flatter your body shape & dyed colors that look good against your skin, accessorizing, etc.
— Vivian (@muchnerve) April 17, 2022
Are you drinking enough water? Do you have a meal plan? Are you giving the body the rights foods that it needs for fuel? Are you avoiding foods that you know aren’t good for you? For example, if you’re lactose intolerant, are you staying away from dairy? Are you taking your multi-vitamins? You can keep a food diary to help you keep track of any foods that don’t agree with you.
Want to improve your physique?
Eat for fuel.
Not for fun.
— JEREMY | MEN'S FITNESS COACH (@Big_Jerm200) October 2, 2021
Can you identify and sort through your feelings? Do you have coping mechanisms in place for days when you are emotionally distraught? What helps to improve your mood? Do you have people to talk to? Do you have a journal that you update regularly? If you need professional help, do you know where to find it?
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— 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞 (@itsDRSM) July 21, 2020
Do you have a healthy support network of friends and family? Are you happy with your network? Are you able to be yourself around those closest to you? Are the communication lines clear and open? How often do you check in with your support network? Are you giving to the relationships as much as you are taking? Are you good to them in return?
Not all friends who can’t help you when your in need are fake, they might be going through a lot too.
— Pree💫 (@Pree_Mo) April 13, 2022
Do you believe in a Higher Power? Is the Higher Power that you believe in coming through for you? What are some of the spiritual practices required? How often do you need to conduct these spiritual practices? Do you experience supernatural peace when you interact with your Higher Power? Are you spiritually well fed and satisfied without anything lacking?
My partner and I having spiritual practices together, is not even an idea anymore, it's a must.
Praying and meditating together, is important.
— V A L E N C I A (@SayItValencia) January 27, 2019
How are you stimulating your mind? Are you learning new skills to add to your CV? What are your hobbies? Do you read to learn new things? Do you have a hunger to learn more? Do you have a mentor? Are you following thought leaders in your field on social media? Do you have any brain stimulating games on your phone?
Changing your thinking is not only to be more optimistic but giving your mind the breathing room it needs to grow and expand.
— Valuable Life on Earth (@lifeisaboutlife) April 20, 2022
Are you keeping track of your finances? Are you financially disciplined? Do you have a budget? How many streams of income do you have without compromising your general health? What are some harmful misconceptions that you have about finances? How much do you need to make a month to live comfortably? Do you need to pay black tax?
Do you hate to talk about money? – https://t.co/Bsfx1uk600 pic.twitter.com/ae6zSNdhoe
— Thembe Khumalo (@thembekhumalo) May 2, 2018
Have you cleaned your room/house? Do you stay in a safe neighbourhood? Is there a neighbourhood watch? Do you have decent neighbours? In case of emergency, what are the community protocols? How far do you stay from essentials such as shops, schools, the police and a hospital? How long do you have to commute to work? Are the bare necessities (water, electricity) available? Are you in the community group chat/forums?
Nothing makes me feel at peace than a clean space, i literally cant function if the house is fiilthy, Messy and disorganized i will be feeling so unhealthy & nasty when the house not clean how i want it, A clean home is important for your mental, physical and spiritual health ❤
— Aluwani. (@AlukieSblinke2) February 27, 2022
To be fully well, you need to develop healthy habits around the 8 pillars of wellness. This will make you happier and healthier. These questions are just to help you get started on your wellness journey. You can change, add and edit to suit your lifestyle. The key is to master yourself and improve the quality of your life.