Sure, it’s important to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. But it’s even more important to look at your life as a whole and what you can do to stay healthy. Here are five pillars of wellness and some tips on incorporating them into your life. These small changes can make a lasting impact on your health as you age. And you don’t need to do it all at once. Just one small change is a great start, and you can add more from there.

1. Financial

Financial health can play a role in poor physical health. By tackling your financial wellness, you are likely to reduce stress, have peace of mind and find better opportunities in your future. 

  • Be honest about your situation.
  • Learn to create a budget.
  • Live within your budget and means.
  • Practice want versus need.

2. Emotional

When you take time to sort out how you feel and care for yourself, you are better able to navigate your emotional safety and health in the world.

  • Make time for self-care.
  • Learn to identify what you are feeling.
  • Practice saying “no” when you don’t feel like doing something.

3. Body

By working and living in an environment that is more soothing than stressful you are more likely to make better choices about nourishment and your physical health.

  • Reduce stress in your living and work environment.
  • Get routine medical checkups.
  • Nourish your body.
  • Be attentive your sleep needs.

4. Spiritual

In thinking about spirituality, you must think beyond faith and instead think positive about the journey ahead and your inner strength.

  • Be present and make mindful choices.
  • Learn that it is okay to be silent or still.
  • Connect with things that push you to grow and evolve.
  • Remember to breathe.

5. Social

By having a network of support you be more equipped to navigate through the highs and lows of life, knowing you have social support to draw from.

  • Develop a support circle around you.
  • Get out and meet new people and try new things.
  • Rekindle old friendships.

Information above: Provided by Sun Life Family Health Center

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“Chicken Soup, hot tea, lots of rest and Thieves Essential Oil to diffuse, kill germs and support your immune system.”  – Deborah Owens (Contest Winner)

“Homemade chicken soup. Roast the whole bird; take off most of the meat, then boil in a big pot with carrots and celery. It will absolutely cure what ails you.”  – Cindy Schaider

“Hot tea with lemon or a shot of tequila.”  – JoAnne Garcia Villarreal

“Spicy rice. It clears the sinuses right up!”  – Maureen Schirmer

“Love and a warm, fuzzy dog to cuddle with.”  – Kelly Wadkins

“Fresh, raw garlic!”  – Jennifer Henderson

“Vicks and honey with lemon for cough.” – Olivia Yubeta Hammon

“Bed rest and lots of fluids.” – Kimberly Morris

“Homemade chili and Orange Julius…mmmm.”  – John Mihalic

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