Everyone expects a high quality life, while the definition of “high-quality” among different individuals varies. A more general definition might be to achieve “Wellness”. The concept of “Wellness” is stated as a life-long process that at any given time produces a positive state of personal well-being, of feeling good about oneself, of optimal physical, psychological, and social functioning, and the control and minimization of internal and external risk factors for both diseases and negative health conditions (Anspaugh, Hamrick, & Rosato, 2006). To be more specific, wellness should be achieved in fulfilling 7 aspects: Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Occupational, Environmental, Social and Emotional.
Stress Control Management
In order to understand self status of wellness, I have done a Lifestyle Assessment Inventory to look for the wellness of each aspect. From the summary, the poorest result is found under the stress control assessment aspect. Some poor behaviors such as tend to be nervous and impatient, cannot stay calm and patient when working under pressure, and cannot make decisions with a minimum of stress and worry.
To make improvement in this aspect, I have read a book titled “Worries & Anxieties” (擺脫憂癮). After reading this book, I believe my poor management in stress is mainly caused by high anxiety. Because of high anxiety, there is high pressure; while I cannot tackle the pressure, it is difficult for me to manage the stress.
Factors causing anxiety
Since efficiently managing stress is very important in the high pressure society, I tried to discover the methods to improve the stress management, starting from tackling anxieties. Firstly, I found the reason caused my high anxiety. From the book, I summarize some examples that possibly causing my anxiety; the book mentions those people have excessive pursuit of other’s recognition, fear of rejection, and with the mind of “personalization” might have high anxiety.
Excessive pursuit of
References: Anspaugh, D.J., Hamrick, M.H., & Rosato, F.D. (2006). Wellness: Concepts and applications (7th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill. Lam, K.W. (2009). Worries & anxieties. Hong Kong: Breakthrough. (in Chinese) ----------------------- 9