Wellness Makeover Wednesday: 01/06/2016 – Intellectual Wellness

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Wellness Makeover Wednesday:

Wellness Makeover Wednesday

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness refers to active participation in activities that include: scholastic, cultural, and community .  Some key components to creating and maintaining balanced intellectual wellness include:

Openness to new ideas, which can help in maintaining a sense of creativity and curiosity, being motivated to master new skills and seeking out new challenges.

Food for thought: Master a (new) Culinary Skill and Double Dip when it comes to addressing your Wellness!

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Seeking out new challenges can include learning (new) HEALTHY culinary skills! 

Learn to prepare some brain healthy snacks and make those calories count, which helps with PHYSICAL wellness!

Click HERE for some brain food recipes featuring ingredients that supply your brain

with essential nutrients most diets lack. An easy way to add brain foods to any meal.

OR

Surprise your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day with a treat that will be good for the heart,

which helps with social and emotional wellness!

Click HERE for some Healthy & Romantic Desserts.

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Challenging the mind with intellectual and creative pursuits thus fostering commitment to lifelong learning through formal education and informal life experiences while assimilating what is learned in the classroom with life experience.

Creating a more satisfying existence by valuing and nurturing creativity, curiosity and lifelong learning and being focused on  achievement while not being self-satisfied and unproductive.

Get Creative and Color yourself happy and Double Dip when it comes to addressing your Wellness! IMG_0779

You do not have to be artistically inclined, just invest in a box of colored pencils or crayons

and a (grown up) coloring book!

As strange as it may seem, coloring is actually a kind of meditation: It calms the mind, occupies the hands and focuses attention on simple, repetitive tasks. This level of concentration creates a state of peace, blocking out negative or intrusive thoughts and the additional benefits of mental and physical wellness!

Click HERE for FREE Printable Coloring Pages for Adults

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Critical thinking by reaching your own correct decisions, making up your own mind  in your own interest and/or the interest of others when there is a choice or a problem, including but not limited to a daily event.

6 Critical Thinking Skills You Need to Master Now

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According to Grant Tilus the 6 Core Critical Thinking Skills you need for your career to help you both understand why you need them and how you can develop them.*

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*(NOTE: And as we see it, create balance by also addressing Social and Occupational Wellness!

Skill #1: Interpretation

What it Means: Having the ability to understand the information you are being presented with and being able to communicate the meaning of that information to others.

Click here for Application Exercise

Skill #2: Analysis

What it Means: Having the ability to connect pieces of information together in order to determine what the intended meaning of the information was meant to represent.

Click here for Application Exercise

Skill #3: Inference

What it Means: Having the ability to understand and recognize what elements you will need in order to determine an accurate conclusion or hypothesis from the information you have at your disposal.

Click here for Application Exercise

Skill #4: Evaluation

What it Means: Being able to evaluate the credibility of statements or descriptions of a person’s experience, judgment or opinion in order to measure the validity of the information being presented.

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Skill #5: Explanation

What it Means: Having the ability to not only restate information, but add clarity and perspective to the information, so it can be fully understood by anyone you are sharing it with.

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Skill #6: Self-Regulation

What it Means: Having the awareness of your own thinking abilities and the elements that you are using to find results.

Click here for Application Exercise

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Some additional activities to assist in creating and maintaining balanced intellectual wellness

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Play a game
It makes no difference whether you are playing alone or you are playing with others. As long as your mind is thinking, improvements are being made.

 

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Journaling

Being able to identify your feelings and understanding yourself more and your actions increase intellectual wellness by exposing your mind to deeper thinking.

 

Working a sudoku puzzle

 

Do crossword or sudoku puzzles
Crosswords and Sudoku are leisure activities that have proved to increase intellectual wellness.

Listen to music
Studies have shown that even listening to music can increase competency in math. These cognitive skills use similar parts of the brain. As our minds work to make sense of the music, our brains are working to!
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Read something every day
It does not have to be educational, it can be entertaining too! No matter what you may be reading—a magazine article, a newspaper story, or even an indulgent romance novel—you are exercising and strengthening communication among the synapses in your brain.
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We hope that you continue to learn more about your self and the areas in which you seek to create your balance. Furthermore, we are excited to hear from you as you work on each component, and what benefits you see in another component!
Yours in Wellness,
Dawn & Kate

 

 

 

 

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