SMART Strengths: Building Character, Resilience, and Relationships in Youth

Dimensions of Wellness

  • Now we come to managing strengths for overall health, which includes: physical, emotional, mental, moral, social, and spiritual dimensions. (Doug: For me the metal piece includes all of the others save physical.) The chapter focuses on resolving real and imagined challenges and demanding experiences (stresses) that can compromise wellness. Take a look at your strengths and see how they can be used to help you manage the stress in your life. In addition to coping with stress, you also need to enjoy the good things you experience. The authors include many tips here. Keys include getting enough sleep and avoiding over-scheduling. A healthy diet and regular exercise are also important. (Doug: In my experience, you need to schedule the exercise first. If you do, you will have more energy for everything else. You will also be less likely to overeat. The authors are right on in thinking that if you can manage stress, exercise, and eat a healthy diet, you are likely to be happy and successful.)
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