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Why emotional wellness is important for active aging

You’ve probably heard the term health and wellness a million times. Health is an important aspect of life, and probably one of the reasons why you joined Bold in the first place. So, what’s the deal with wellness? It’s more than just green juices and workout classes– wellness has a real, concrete impact on healthy aging. According to the CDC, wellness is “a dynamic process of learning new life skills and becoming aware of and making conscious choices toward a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.” Wellness can have many dimensions: occupational wellness, social wellness, intellectual wellness, physical wellness, emotional wellness, and spiritual wellness. 

What is emotional wellness?

Emotional wellness is defined by the NIH as “the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.”

Why does emotional wellness matter as we age?

The longer we live, the more likely we will encounter change, stress and difficult times. Understanding how to practice emotional and physical wellness can help you age better and with more resilience. Studiesshow that practicing wellness throughout your life can improve your cognition and lower your risk of developing dementia.

How can I improve my emotional wellness?

Certain activities, like exercise and meditation, can boost your brain and physical health and support emotional wellness. Emotional wellness is about being both healthy and happy as you age, and research shows that physical activity is associated with happiness, so keep taking Bold classes!