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When We Were South Street Journal. Chicago Street Journal for March 18, 2018.

On August 1, 2013, South Street Journal (SSJ) became Chicago Street Journal (CSJ) . For the new readers, you will see just a taste SSJ from the old days. For the older readers, you may recognize some of the old faces and headlines from the past. Sonja Cassandra Perdue Associate Publisher - Digital 773-998-1925

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Chicago Street Journal February 2017 March 2018 5 The Difference Between Health and Wellness and How Important Is It Really… All it took was a few painful ingrown toenails to knock me up side my head to have me realize, while I was a young tenderoine, I was not exempt from experiencing the stress and strain of being invincible. Emotional wellness relates to understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Intellectual wellness involves having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge. Occupational wellness is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and appreciating your contributions. World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Three months before this slap-up side my head I landed this awesome corporate Fitness gig in Manhattan, New York. The freshman 15 melted into grown, sexy, and sassy in a matter of weeks! My fall internship added value to my life, curriculum credits, fitness membership, lockers, and laundry service. Boom I had it going on! What put a red, bloody, swollen, sad face, over my perks were my painful ingrown toe nails. I found myself dreading the walk to work and then once I arrived I would disappear behind the desk, sitting at the computer station in a silent pain. All I could think, is how could I make this go away. Bloody toe nails stopped me from moving around and kept my mind in a prison of pain. This sudden toe attack stunted my emotional, occupational, physical, and social wellness. What I didn’t know was that my wellness had been compromised. How did my wellness get compromised and why does wellness matter? Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. Social wellness helps you perform social roles effectively and comfortably, and create a support network. Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose. It just so happened that my site host was promoting an employee health and wellness fair and on the list was a Podiatrist. Needless to say, I was the first person at his table the morning of the fair and before I went home that evening me and my nasty toenails limped over to the physician’s office to be treated. He addressed my ingrown toe nails, by the following week I was back to my invincible self! As I reflect back I am almost sure I did not share my grownup pain with my parents or co-works. I probability took on the mentality that this was my cross to bear and it would get better with hard prayer. I am almost sure I am not the only one who has suffered through wrong thinking at some point in time? The Good Book reads faith without works is dead, I needed to seek out a physician but I sat for weeks and silently suffered. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. According to Pfizer, wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so instead of just surviving, you’re thriving. I went into to survival mode; the physical pain directly affected my ability to perform my fitness internship which inturn played on my emotions to be engaged in my daily work responsibility. There are eight dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with one another. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health. As I have slightly matured and now parent a teenage boy, I perform daily wellness assessments. I recommend you do the same for yourself and those around you. Especially your children, check-in with your child and their emotions. Get to know who they are, talk to them, ask questions. Look through their phones; see who and how they are talking and texting. Suggest walks, active play, give lots of hugs and kisses, even when they don’t want it. Wellness is something that everyone needs but may not know they need it. It is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions. Chenel Darby is the founder of Choice Wellness Company. www.ChoiceWelllnessCompany.com Health Care Professionals? Call 773-998-1925 to be in the next edition of CSJ or visit www.CSJads.INFO.

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