The model we use for the Six Dimensions of Wellness defines Emotional Wellness this way:
“On the wellness path, you’ll be able to express feelings freely and manage feelings effectively. You’ll be able to arrive at personal choices and decisions based on a combination of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior…You’ll be able to form relationships with others based on a foundation of mutual commitment, trust, and respect. You’ll take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy.
“Managing your life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility for your actions, will help you see life as an exciting, hopeful adventure.”
How lucky are those who see life as a hopeful adventure? It’s what we all should aim for.
Have you ever heard the expression, “Set in his/her ways”? Sometimes we can become a bit inflexible as we age. We find it difficult to look outside of our own world view and understand how others see things. But maintaining satisfying relationships and accepting a wide range of feelings in yourself and others is essential to wellness.
The best way to do this, to stay flexible in your world view, is to live and play among others. To get involved, try new activities, and form new friendships. Get out of the imaginary box that keeps you from growing.
Opportunities abound at Meadowood to “live outside the box” and take on the world in new and exciting ways. From classes to clubs, from social events to quiet walks in the woods, our community is built for you to explore your relationships with others and support your own emotional wellness.
However, for many of us this time of life is filled with emotional challenges. It seems less like a hopeful adventure than a daunting task. Moving from your long-time home, losing a spouse, leaving cherished friends and adjusting to a new life can be tough. The important thing for you to know is that you’re not alone when you’re at Meadowood.
If there are times you are struggling and need a bit of extra support, our wellness staff or the campus chaplain is there to help you along. If you need help on a professional level, Meadowood maintains a relationship with a group of counselors and psychologists to help you work through your challenges.
Additionally, in the nearby town of Skippack the Center for Loss and Bereavement runs support groups and offers one-on-one counseling for those who may seek it. There are also many churches, synagogues, and faith-based groups that can offer you guidance.
And when you’re ready to set off again on your hopeful adventure, we’ll be with you every step of the way!
Until we meet,