We all know the importance of physical wellness especially now more than ever in the new normal. This is good, after all physical wellness is the foundation of all wellness. However, sad to say we often neglect our intellectual wellness when actually the two dimensions should go hand-in-hand. Intellectual wellness has something to do with our mind and our thought processes. We are forgetting that our mind is a part of our body. The mind-body connection states that the body reacts to what goes on in our mind. It is so powerful that it affects not just our body, but our life in general. So, are you intellectually well?
What Is Intellectual Wellness
Intellectual wellness is continuing education in general knowledge, specialized skills, creativity and common sense. It is also about being open to new ideas. It is studying and engaging in challenging mental and creative activities. Many people think that it is all about academic knowledge when actually it more than that. True, academic knowledge is a big part of intellectual wellness but it is not limited to just that. Intellectual wellness involves creativity and common sense as well.
Why Intellectual Wellness is Important
Intellectual wellness is important because it involves the mind; thus, it is closely related to our mental health. When you increase your knowledge about life and your abilities in general; you are equipping yourself to be more resilient to life’s challenges. Your extra knowledge and skills will make reaching your dreams a little easier. You will have the courage to navigate life in all its losses, failures and disappointments.
When you learn something new, especially things that you love or enjoy doing, you are living your life to the fullest. You will be able to bond with individuals who share the same interests; thus increasing your social wellness. You will have a creative outlet to channel your frustrations. And more importantly, you will be having fun.
Intellectual wellness does not necessarily mean that you have to pursue a masters and doctoral degree. It simply means being open to learning. You can learn by reading books. If reading is not your cup of tea, you can watch videos or listen to audiobooks. It can also be as simple as having a mentor and listening to that person’s advice. Simply put, it is about being open to new ideas. It is about lifelong learning.
Are You Intellectually Well?
Here are questions to ponder on to know if you are intellectually well:
- Do you allot time to personal and professional development?
- Do you enjoy brainstorming with others on group projects or tasks?
- Is learning a new skill part of your goals?
- Do you accept constructive feedback?
- Are you interested in learning new things?
- Do you maintain a reading habit?
- Do you enjoy solving puzzles, playing games or other mentally stimulating activities?
- Are you comfortable asking others for help especially on things that you are not familiar with or good at?
- Do you learn from your negative experiences?
- Do you travel and learn about new places and culture?
If you have answered yes to at least seven of the questions above, then congratulations! You are intellectually well. If not, you can still start today. Just stay curious and open to new ideas. Keep in mind that there is so much to learn out there.
The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.– Socrates