Resources for Wellness
Wellness is multifaceted and varies depending on each person. These sources address all kinds of wellness and some of their intersectional qualities.
ABC's of Wellness
Spelling out some of the experiences and wellness needs of women of all hues*.
*All definitions are for informational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose or treat any ailment. If you have more questions, please seek guidance from a medical professional to see what personalized options work best for you.
An occasional or reoccurring reaction of a person’s brain to stimuli internally, like thoughts and emotions, or externally, like genetic history or trauma. For many people, this can be triggered by daily occurrences, but if this is an ongoing state of being, there may be a disorder that needs proper treatment.
This individual gauge for personal wellness ensures that we understand our own needs and boundaries, helping us operate within our capacities and achieve increased satisfaction in our lives.
This professional works in a broad range of settings and specialties to support students through various challenges related to relationships, mental health, best wellness practices, and more.
The medical process of determining how a patient's health condition arises and how this can and will impact their overall quality of life in the future.
The ability of an individual to intentionally process and respond to their thoughts and experiences in a productive manner, choosing to keep a positive outlook in the face of adversity.
This is defined as the condition for optimum health, consisting of a range of physical activities that build muscle mass, reduce bodily fat, and more.
Grief and Grieving
This emotional response can result from loss of relationships or loved ones, major life changes, and other stark changes in daily routines. If you are experiencing grief, it’s recommended to get the help you need from your personal or professional networks.
This is a form of therapy that, similar to exercise, engages the whole body. When laughing and practicing humor, we stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues that can improve overall temperament.
This form of wellness is constantly challenging your mind as a life-long learner. Research shows that investing in yourself by learning new skills can help prevent cognitive decline and keep people operating at their highest potential.
Job Stress Management
Whether we like it or not, we all have to make an income some way. Managing stress on the job is critical to ensuring holistic health in both the short and long term. Be sure to advocate for your needs in the workplace, or attempt finding a job the aligns with who you are and who you want to be.
These accessible exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles have a plethora of benefits. Aside from supporting the health of your uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum, they can help women experience more intense and fulfilling orgasms. So, get to squeezing, Ladies!
These professionals help guide mothers through their feeding process with their newborn baby. From providing education about low milk supply to techniques for getting babies to latch on for feeding, this relationship helps ease the transition to motherhood and provide necessary support.
These are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking, behavior, or a combination the three. Mental illnesses can be associated with personal distress and/or struggles functioning in personal, professional, and social activities.
This licensed professional manages patients’ health conditions, treating injuries and illnesses, and supporting injury and disease prevention. Their focus on the holistic health of people receiving care sets them apart from Registered Nurses. They’re leaders in health care who conduct research, mentor nurses and staff, and fill shortages of primary care in the U.S.
This non-invasive holistic approach treats the whole body by working with the muscles of the face, tongue, mouth and jaw to create symmetry, balance, and proper oral habits.
Person Receiving Care (Patient)
This can be defined in a variety of ways. Overall, this is a person under a physician's care for a particular disease or condition, someone waiting for or undergoing medical treatment, or someone receiving needed professional services that are directed by a licensed practitioner of the healing arts regarding self-maintenance, improvement of health, or lessening of ailments.
This trained professional in psychology serves various citizens by way of psychological counseling, mental health care services, education and assessment, research, and consulting.
This physician specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and study of mental, behavioral, and personality disorders. They are required to undergo years of in-depth training to notice and diagnose such disorders as quickly as possible.
Personifying in different ways, this acts as a set of interventions designed to optimize functioning and reduce disability in individuals with health conditions impacting interaction with their environment, helping people to be as independent as possible in everyday activities and enabling participation in education, work, recreation, and other meaningful life roles.
This practice-based professional promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people for their overall well-being.
A licensed professional practicing psychotherapy and behavioral psychology techniques with individuals, couples, and families.
This is the formal name for hives, the outbreak of bumps or welts on the skin that appear suddenly. This reaction could stem from allergies, chemicals in certain foods, insect stings, sunlight, and medications. With this complexity, it’s best to talk with a licensed professional to diagnose your specific source for an outbreak.
This is vaginal inflammation due to an imbalance of yeast and bacteria that normally live in the vagina. Vaginitis can cause discomfort, vaginal odor, or infection resulting from an imbalance of bacteria, yeast, or viruses is the vagina stemming from chemicals in soaps, sprays, sexual partners, or even clothing that come in contact with this area. To prevent this, always be sure to use natural products and actively balance your PH with healthy living and sexual practices.
Whole Medical Systems
These are complete systems of theory and practice that have evolved independently from or alongside conventional medicine, often used as main medicinal practices of individual cultures throughout the world. Some Westernized whole medical systems include homeopathy (complete medical theory and practice) and naturopathy (healing through nature), while others have been developed by Native American, African, Middle Eastern, Tibetan, Central, and South American cultures.
This sex chromosome disorder resulting in one of the two X chromosomes being completely or partially absent, also known as Turner Syndrome, can be found in girls and women. The symptoms can vary greatly among individuals, but generally include small stature, amennorhea (absence of menstrual cycle) and infertility.
This ancient system of practices, and modern wellness trend, balance the mind and body through exercise, meditation, and control of breathing and emotions. Yoga is even being studied as a way to relieve stress and improve sleep.
Z…Generation Z, that is.
This generation is changing the demands and implementation of healthcare practices nationally. From choosing community over information privacy to valuing convenience above all else, the future of healthcare is and will change to continue meeting current healthcare needs as they evolve.