The Wellness Connection

GPISD Monthly Newsletter~October 2021 Edition

Eight Dimensions of Wellness

There are many dimensions to our lives that play a major role in what wellness means to each of us and determine how we live our lives. Each of those dimensions are intertwined and connected to one another. Emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual wellness is what each individual deal with from day to day.

Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness is the understanding and acceptance of your emotions, and the ability to deal with challenges and change.

Tips to Maintain Emotional Wellness in Times of Uncertainty

  1. Be Positive
  2. Get Connected
  3. Relieve Stress
  4. Quality Sleep
  5. Establish Boundaries
  6. Be Mindful
  7. Cope with Loss
  8. Accept Yourself
  9. Ask for Help

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Environmental Wellness

Environmental Wellness refers to your sense of safety, comfort and connection with your physical surroundings.

6 Ways to Enhance Your Environmental Wellness

  1. Create a healthy, happy living space
  2. Find little spaces of tranquility
  3. Make a positive impact on the environment
  4. Make your community a better place
  5. Foster happy relationships in your home
  6. View the place you live in like a tourist does on vacation

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Financial Wellness

Financial stress can negatively affect your productivity at work. Financial wellness is finding a balance between living for today and preparing for tomorrow.

4 Ways to Improve Your Financial Wellness

  1. Don't spend more than you earn
  2. Keep an emergency fund
  3. Have a plan to pay down debt
  4. Save for retirement

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Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness is an active pursuit of working towards an optimal intellectual state.

8 Steps to Simple Steps to Increase your Intellectual Wellness
  1. Try new things
  2. Read
  3. Get Creative
  4. Practice Self-Reflection
  5. Meditate
  6. Exercise your brain with puzzles and brain games

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Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness allows you to explore various career options and encourages you to pursue the opportunities you enjoy the most.

Tips to Improve Occupational Wellness

  1. Do not settle
  2. Avoid over-working yourself
  3. Create connections with you coworkers
  4. Consider adding greenery and personal touches to your work space
  5. Take breaks throughout the day

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Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness is listening to and taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning.

Key Aspects of Physical Wellness
  1. Sleep
  2. Eating Well
  3. Physical Activity
  4. Hygiene
  5. Relaxation
  6. Routine Health Care

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Social Wellness

Social Wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact with others.

5 Steps to Improve Social Wellness
  1. Surround yourself with good people
  2. Practice self-care
  3. Engage in hobbies and extracurriculars
  4. Stick to a healthy routine
  5. Continue working on better communication

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Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual Wellness involves finding your life's meaning and purpose and understanding the values, beliefs, and morals that guide your actions.

8 Ways to Boost Your Spiritual Health
  1. Connect with your faith community
  2. Volunteer or help others
  3. Practice Yoga
  4. Mediate
  5. Keep a journal
  6. Spend time in nature
  7. Focus on your hobbies
  8. Speak with someone you trust

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Aetna Monthly Wellness Initiative ~ Gratitude

Practicing gratitude can positively impact a members total health. Here are some tips on how to incorporate it into daily life.

  • Click link below for a four week wellness challenge and tracker for Gratitude.
  • Practicing gratitude by writing in a gratitude journal can help members improve happiness and health.

Gratitude Wellness Challenge

Gratitude Wellness Tracker

Gratitude Flyer

Spanish Gratitude Flyer

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American Heart Association Health Tips


  • Nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure, and many don't know they have it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure robs us of precious times with loved ones.
  • HBP is a silent killer that causes unnecessary and inequitable disease, disability, and death. It can cause heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and other devastating conditions.

  • Prepare food at home to have more control over the sodium in food. Replace salt in recipes with herbs, spices, citrus, or vinegar. Foods that look the same may contain different amounts of salt! Compare labels. Choose the item with the lesser amount of sodium. Learn how to change your salty ways in only 21 days.

MONTHLY CHALLENGE: Try tracking your sodium this month by using our sodium tracker!

The key to WELLNESS is to accept personal responsibility for your health and wellbeing. ~ unknown