This post is written in partnership with Canvas Credit Union. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As we wrap up 2020, a year that has inevitably tested our well-being, it’s an opportune time to take a step back — to tap into our current state of wellness. How are you feeling, mentally, physically, and spiritually? From exhausted to empowered, emotions are likely all over the map. But before tapping in, let’s define wellness and how it shapes our day-to-day lives.
By definition, wellness is “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal” (Merriam-Webster). In essence, it’s our routine actions (read: habits!) that make us well. It’s the things we do, daily, that are in alignment with living a healthful, purpose-driven life. From incorporating exercise to living within our means, there are many ways to prioritize wellness; it’s not one-size-fits-all. At Canvas Credit Union, wellness has three overarching pillars: social well-being, health, and financial prosperity.
Social well-being: spending time with family and friends who support, inspire, and motivate you.
Health: prioritizing your mental and physical health so that you can tackle life’s challenges.
Financial prosperity: having accessibility to safety nets, in order to feel financially secure.
When we choose these pillars as goals, our actions naturally align with our mission to be well. In everything we do, we have the opportunity to make wellness a priority. And when wellness becomes a priority, we quickly notice the synergy that exists between taking care of ourselves and taking care of our social ties, our finances, etc. It’s all intertwined. For example, the simple act of spending wiser (i.e. spending less), has the ability to reinforce a healthy state of mind. In other words, a stable bank account can positively impact mental health. Vice versa, being financially sound can help inspire a healthful state of being.
To read the full article, hop over to my feature on Canvas Credit Union’s blog.