If there are any other Parks and Recreation viewers out there, you should be familiar with the saying “treat yo self.” It’s a phrase that I have adopted into my life that consistently motivates me to pamper myself whenever I am feeling down. But unfortunately, I am a broke college student so I can’t afford to treat myself materialistically so instead I focus on taking care of my well-being.
To me, the term well-being can be compared to the word health. There are many different types of well-being and various components that can contribute to one’s health. Some categories include intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional, and social. People face scenarios that may challenge their well-being everyday.
In college, most students are discovering methods on how to take care of their overall well-being. As I said before, well-being can be related to health, but they can also be very different. For example, intellectual well-being consists of the ability to learn new knowledge, retain that information, and look at concepts through multiple perspectives. One can further their intellectual wellness by devoting more time for reading books and doing research. A student may have high intellectual well-being, but that does not necessarily mean that they are mentally healthy. A person may have very high academic standing but still struggle with a psychological disorder such as depression.
On the other hand, physical well-being and physical health are very similar and the same aspects contribute to both such as exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Not only does taking care of your body provide you with more energy, it may also help with regulating your emotions. Emotional wellness relies on the ability to cope with life challenges and acknowledge our feelings; getting more sleep and eating healthy can help people feel happier and more positive with their life. This demonstrates that these different types of well-being sometimes overlap and it’s important to understand which factors can help you achieve a better quality of life.
Spiritual well-being is the ability to embark on a personal journey towards growth, peace, and harmony. Social well-being is having the ability to connect with others and establish relationships within communities. These two categories contrast in the way that a spiritual growth comes from within while social well-being is focused on what is outside in the world. However, the contributions to both are very similar. Some factors that may help both may include learning the concept of empathy, devoting time to explore different hobbies and activities, and having a solid emotional and physical well-being.
Striving to maintain a positive well-being in each of these categories can be tricky, especially in college, but it is important to realize that the journey starts small. Once you recognize making a minor change like eating healthier or reading more can help multiple areas of your well-being, it becomes easier to keep improving. Start by setting small, obtainable goals, persist through challenges, and practice balancing each area of your well-being and you will eventually and inevitably achieve a higher quality of life. Even though you may not be able to afford to buy all the clothes and shoes you want at this moment, treat yo self to healthier foods, enjoyable books, and getting enough sleep. I promise you the results are so worth it.