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Sonja Cassandra Perdue
Associate Publisher - Digital

Chicago Street Journal

February 2017

March 2018


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


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


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


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.


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