“Are you normal?” a Nigerian will loosely ask. Despite being used mostly, as a rhetorical question, it is in fact, one that draws attention to our state of wellness.
But before we can genuinely answer the above question one must understand all there is to wellness. It is important to note that the dimensions of wellness discussed, are the world’s conceived standards therefore they are relative.
By the end of this article, we would be able to conceive a perception of the question and possibly provide answers.
This article or post is focused on the Generation Z class humans (Gen-Z-ers). Gen Zers is synonymous with iGen, centennials and post-millennials; all of which generally refer to people born within the year 1995-2010.
If you are Gen-Z let’s identify ourselves in the comment section.
WHAT IS WELLNESS.
Wellness is a familiar term, but what is its true definition; ‘The absence of disease’?- Wrong!
It is more than just being free from illness.
Since health and wellness are mutually inclusive, it is usual to see them in the same body of text but let us not make the mistake of thinking they are the same thing.
Now, do note that I am NOT going to give you all that ‘according to WHO’ theoretics. If you do not know the definitions, Kindly Ask GOOGLE.
In essence, A healthy person is one who is rid of any deviation from the normal state of the mind and body while the state of wellness is achieved by actively becoming aware of and making choices towards living a healthy and fulfilling life.
To achieve overall wellbeing, one should not lack in certain interconnected concepts generally referred to as ‘The dimensions of wellness’. From the focus of this post, we would be discussing the 7 relevant ones to Gen-Zers.
THE 7 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
1. Spiritual Wellbeing
People who can be described as spiritually hearty ought to possess a core set of beliefs that guide their decision making, and other faith-based endeavors. They recognize the relationship between spirituality and identity in all individuals.
Personally, I realize that having a sound relationship with God avails so much more than just spiritual wellness. It makes you have a sense of purpose and meaning in life otherwise we are just wandering the earth. This is so important no wonder it makes the top spot.
2. Physical Wellness
People who are physically hale, make healthy decisions on a daily basis. They eat a nutritionally balanced diet, try to get an adequate amount of sleep, and exercise three to five times per week as physical fitness improves physical wellness.
As gen-zers we desire to be comfortable in our skin so we have to strive towards physical fitness.
To be physically sound we must also make healthy sexual decisions that are consistent with our personal values and beliefs.
You do NOT want to be doing the DNA dance!!!👀
3. Emotional Wellbeing
A person who is emotionally well is aware of their feelings and is able to successfully manage an entire spectrum of feelings including anger, doubt, hope, joy, fear etc.
Ideally, he or she is supposed to be able to manage stress-induced situations.
I’m afraid that is not the case with the average Nigerian, which is understandable reflecting the ubiquitous nature of stress in the country.
4. Intellectual Wellness
Those who enjoy intellectual wellness engage in lifelong learning.
They seek knowledge and activities that further develop their critical thinking and heighten global awareness.This is a natural attribute of post millennials..
I’m ‘today’ years old finding out. Guess I better be on some Intellectual wellness.
5. Social Wellness
This dimension involves having good communication skills, the ability to establish good and healthy long-term relationships based on support, trust and validation.
Being self-confident, autonomous and social creatures, Centennials tend to achieve this rather easily.
You, sharing this post across social media platforms is a practical example of social wellness.
Here are a few things you could do to improve your social health during this period of quarantine.
6. Environmental Wellness
An environmentally well person appreciates the external cues and stimuli that an environment can provide.
People who have achieved environmental wellness seek to understand the role an individual plays in the environment.
Keep this in mind when next you want to dispose refuse improperly.
7. Cultural Wellness
Culturally competent people are aware of their own cultural background, as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds.
A culturally well person acknowledges and accepts the impact of these aspects of diversity leaving no room for ethnocentrism.
Others are; Occupational and financial wellness. For now, these are out of the scope of discussion although this post will be updated as soon as it becomes relevant. Do well to bookmark this page.
To answer the Theme Question, one must bear two frames of mind; technical and recursive.
In technical terms, the obvious answer to the themed Q is NO!
You are not normal, I am not normal, even the person asking the Question is not normal.
In recursive terms, the answer is YES, since it is normal to be imperfect. No person is perfect.
However, we owe it to ourselves to identify areas that need to be worked on and deal with them accordingly.
It is when we fail to do this, are we truly adrift.
“a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.”– The National Wellness Institute On WELLNESS