For thousands of years, people believed that stress made you sick. Up until the nineteenth century, the idea that the passions and emotions were intimately linked to disease held weight, and people were told by their doctors to go to spas or seaside resorts when they were ill. Gradually these ideas lost favor as more concrete causes and cures were found for illness after illness. But in the last decade, scientists like Dr. Esther Sternberg, director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), have been re- discovering the links between the brain and the immune system. [Read more…]
The social component to wellness is one of the more significant parts of your client’s profile that is most directly under the influence of behavior and personality. In this dimension of wellness, your client takes a direct part in how they shape their world and how they manage lifestyle factors, such as interpersonal communications, meaningful relationships and important friendships for themselves. In doing so, they build wellness into their lifestyle.
For your client, social wellness includes those supportive, intimate relationships, as well as fostering a general connection with everyone within their social group. It’s also about learning how to balance social living with personal life pursuits.