The Importance of
Wellbeing involves active practice as well as building our knowledge and increasing our awareness through continual learning. Below you will see we’ve provided access to some beneficial and reputable resources around different aspects of wellness. This is not an exhaustive list, but we feel it is a good starting point.
Additionally, we know that a well community is one that provides numerous sources of support to its residents. Below you will find links to local organizations committed to supporting community wellbeing in Madison and surrounding areas. If you are a local organization and would like to add your voice to this list please reach out.
Public Health Madison & Dane County Health Services
Public Health Madison & Dane County Community Initiatives
Public Health Madison & Dane County Community Resources
Madison Public Library Wellness Resources
Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness
Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
Mental Wellness focuses on emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It contributes to how stress is handled, how we relate to others, and decision-making. Mental Wellness is very important throughout each stage of life. Be Well offers the following programs that support the allowance and acceptance of all emotions and encourage the awareness of perspectives and beliefs. Here are some examples of approaches used to support your mental wellness.
– Art therapy
– Meditation and Mindfulness
Mental and physical health can have a direct impact on each other. At Be Well we want you to feel like your best self on the inside and out, so we’ve provided some information on how practices such as yoga can improve mental health and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression:
Physical Wellness is the capability to sustain a positive quality of life that allows you to experience the most out of your daily activities without feelings of stress or fatigue. Be Well offers the following programs to help individuals move their bodies in ways that allow them to engage in life how they wish to.
– Tai Chi
– Functional movement
– Physical & Occupational therapy
– Massage for chronic pain
– Various physical activities
This Medicare resource helps guide senior and disabled immigrants and their families through the Medicare enrollment process. It answers common questions about the different parts of Medicare and walks through what is and isn’t covered by the federal health insurance program.
Medicare Resources for Immigrant Populations
It’s essential to incorporate physical activity into your daily life. This can be achieved in many ways and doesn’t necessarily mean going to a gym. Simply going for a walk can strengthen your bones, improve your endurance, and reduce health risks. Physical activity provides endless benefits and your body will surely thank you for it! For more information on the benefits of physical wellness, check out this article:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Physical Activity
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise structure that incorporates slow, soft, deliberate meditative body movements to relax the mind and body. Tai-Chi offers a multitude of health advantages, ranging from improvements in specific conditions like osteoarthritis and Parkinson’s disease to improving fitness and quality of life. To learn more about the health benefits of Tai Chi, check out this article:
College of Family Physicians of Canada – Health
Spiritual Wellness allows you to live a life that is consistent with your personal belief and moral systems while discovering your sense of purpose and meaning. Be Well offers the following programs that encourage dignity for all lives, help individuals in exploring or strengthening their faith, a connection beyond oneself, or finding a sense of belonging.
– Spiritual counseling
– Spiritual meditation
According to The Global Wellness Institute, meditation is a self-directed practice that focuses on the relaxation of the body and mind. Meditation has been recognized to provide many health benefits and is being further explored as a method to reduce stress both physically and mentally. To learn more about the neuroscience of mindfulness meditation, check out this article:
The Neuroscience of mindfulness meditation
National Spiritualist Association of Churches
The National Spiritual Alliance
Relationship Wellness focuses on creating and nurturing important and encouraging relationships with others. Be Well offers the following programs to help individuals improve the quality of connection to themselves and others.
– Community building
– Family support
– Family events: Yoga, Art, Dance, Music, Mindfulness
Social wellness and having the ability to create positive relationships is an essential component of life. Humans need social interaction and having a strong sense of community can actually impact physical and psychological health. To learn more, visit:
Why Being Social is Good for You
National Institute of Relationship Enhancement
Purpose focuses on strengthening the ability to be your best self in everything you do. Be Well offers the following programs to help individuals find purpose in all areas of their life.
– Social-Emotional learning Life coaching and mentoring
– Work-life balance
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, there are four critical components of emotional wellbeing: Awareness, Connection, Insight, and Purpose. Purpose allows you to identify your core motive and creates alignment between your daily behavior and your core purpose. Visit this article to learn about the health benefits of finding your purpose:
Greater Good Magazine – Can Purpose Keep You Alive?
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Nutritional Wellness centers on the improvement of health by incorporating healthy habits and balanced eating into your daily life. Be Well offers the following programs that address individual needs for nutrition and support access to nutrition.
– Nutrition counseling/Education
– Cooking workshop
– Food accessibility
– Positive relationships with food
Fueling your body with the wrong foods can affect your energy level, weight, mental state, and increases the risk of disease. To learn more about how your eating habits directly impact your health, check out these articles:
How Your Eating Habits Affect Your Health & How to Change Them
How the Right Foods May Lead to a Healthier Gut, and Better Health
Environmental Wellness supports a lifestyle that places value on the relationship between yourself, your community, and the environment. Be Well offers the following programs and resources that address needs for clean air, water, and home security and safety.
– Access to nature
– Environmental toxin education
– Access to clean water and air
– Home security and safety education
– Life coaching and mentoring
Forest bathing means fully immersing yourself and all of your senses in nature. It was developed in Japan in the 1980s and researchers have increasingly found numerous health benefits from the practice. According to the Global Wellness Institute, forest bathing, and forest therapy can lower cortisol levels which reduces stress. To learn more about nature immersion, visit:
Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy
Financial Wellness centers on providing educational resources on how to successfully and responsibly manage your finances. Be Well offers the following Programs and resources that help individuals access jobs, build career skills, and support financial security and literacy.
– Financial literacy
– Career skills workshop
– Access to equitable pay
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