In this blog, I will be discussing strength-based practices that help create and maintain a culture of wellness and resilience. This goal pertains to three levels of care: personal, social and professional.
Our number one go to practice to enhance overall wellbeing needs to begin from the inside. This includes mental, physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Diet, exercise, sleep and regular medical follow ups as required are key to this. You might need to change some activities, add strategies and utilize techniques. It is sometimes easier said than done especially when we lack the motivation and/or encouragement. This will take us to the second step.
Community plays a huge role in our overall well being. If you associate yourself with active outdoorsy groups for example you would eventually lead a more active life. Whilst if you surround yourself with party goers for instance, you would get impacted by that lifestyle despite all your initial resistance. Responsibility towards self requires honest reflection and authentic exploration of who and how we want to live our lives! Are we around people who motivate us to go forward or we are stuck in some negative codependence that maintains unhealthy patterns? Do we need to change our social map? Explore your strength, and resourcefulness and incorporate more of what you want to improve. For example, if you plan to change your diet, ask yourself about the dietary choices of the people in your household and your circle of friends or colleagues. Do you need to change your grocery shopping habits for example? Let’s say you want to learn to become more optimistic, reflect on your company. How can you build on your strength and your social network resourcefulness to move both parties to an attitude of gratitude and positivity?
Reflect on your behaviours, habits and impulses. If you identify the areas and context you need to change then do not hesitate to seek professional support. A clinical counsellor or psychologist might be your gateway towards wellness and balance. Be curious about triggers; where do you experience such unwanted behaviours? At home or work? Do you think you could use new techniques and skills towards rehabilitation, healing and/or resolution? It is quite important to act fast and continuously recognize when and how to reach out for professional support in order to protect ourselves from fatigue and burnout.
Adopting a strength-based perspective towards wellness guides how people live their lives and function both personally and in their relationships. It is biopsychosocial perspective towards flourishing and living life to its fullest. The key point is to maintain a level of self awareness that motivates us to reclaim our strength and resourcefulness to function as the best version of ourselves and seek balance and wellness for ourselves and others.
Ola is a Registered Clinical Counsellor offering a holistic approach to healthy relationships, life transformation and fulfillment.