- Sophie De Haan, Behavioral Health Systems Navigator
We hear over and over about the importance of wellness, but what is wellness anyway? According to Pfizer, “Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you're thriving.” The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.”
Wellness is not an activity we do once and we are suddenly experts, though we may wish it were that easy. Practicing wellness consistently can be challenging and frustrating, and sometimes even feel impossible. Wellness can be having balance in your life, and that can be hard to achieve!
The wellness continuum published by the, Global Health Institute explores how wellness is “preventative, proactive and driven by self responsibility.”
This week, we’ve put together a list of resources to help you explore and identify what wellness could mean for you as well as how to practice it.
Kaiser Permanente recently made two wellness apps accessible to their members.
- Calm is a popular app for meditation and sleep. It is designed to help lower stress, reduce anxiety and more. Kaiser Permanente members can access all the great features of Calm at no cost
- myStrength is a personalized program that helps you improve your awareness and change behaviors. Kaiser Permanente members can explore interactive activities, in-the-moment coping tools, community support, and more at no cost.
The National Health Institute has put together wellness toolkits to help you find ways to improve your well-being. Each person’s healthiest self is different. We have different bodies, minds, living situations and people influencing our lives. Each area can impact your overall health. These toolkits address many areas of wellness to address your unique set of health needs.
The CDC has also developed tips to cope with stress as an employee and has recommended How Right Now, a resource to explore how you’re feeling and to connect with others that may be feeling similarly.