• Kaetlyn Osmond

Interpersonal Wellness

Recently I started attending school again. Well, I've been attending online schooling. The program that I am registered in doesn't start until the fall, so I decided I would spend my newly found free time to get started on a few classes.

One of those classes is a class structured around learning the different dimensions of wellness.

1) Emotional

2) Physical

3) Intellectual

4) Interpersonal

5) Environmental

6) Spiritual

The biggest thing I learned so far in my two weeks attending the class, is that you require a balance of all these dimensions to be truly practicing wellness.

Some of these dimensions are easier to grasp than others. It is different for every person.

Physical wellness has always been a part of my life. Random fact, it is recommended you get a minimum of 30 minutes of activity, 5 days a week. Totally do-able right?

I love learning new things, reading, and trying to be creative. That means I am focused a lot on my intellectual wellness.

Interpersonal wellness is connected to your social wellness. That is what I want to write about right now. I will leave the rest of the wellness dimensions for another time.

As I said before, to practice full wellness, you need a balance of all six dimensions. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we can't fully acknowledge our needs for social wellness. Yes, there is still a lot we can do. We can communicate and connect through virtual means. Go on a social distance bike ride or walk. We can learn so much about each other, by listening and learning the needs of one another. Accepting help from friends and family, because of course, this is a time when we all need it most.

There is another part of Interpersonal Wellness that I am deeply missing. The part of actual human contact. Hugs and human connection are known to improve health, relieve stress, and create a good mood. Sharing space with each other and feeling that closeness, instead of through a screen. Holding hands. Laughing together. Just feeling that companionship in one another.

I cannot wait until we are free and clear to be able to return to that level of comfort.

In the meantime, please practice social distancing so that we can all remain physically healthy. One day we will be able to return to the connection. Though remember, that while we social distance, try your best not to isolate yourself. Especially if you live alone. Reach out to friends and family, share stories, feelings, and emotions. Use your voice and your facial expressions to communicate, instead of hiding yourself through texts. Practicing interpersonal wellness can boost your immunity. So stay connected with your network, and stay healthy.

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