To be fully ‘well’, there are several aspects of your life that need your focus. Establishing healthy habits will help you strengthen the pillars of wellness and increase your overall health.
In this month’s spotlight we are highlighting Lehasa KM Inc Financial Consultants.
Lehasa KM Inc Financial Consultants provides financial consulting services to a wide range of corporate clients throughout South Africa. Their management team consists of 100% African-female staff with a diverse range of expertise ranging from taxation to accounting, financial management and strategic advisory services. Their core areas include accounting services, strategy and operations, and process optimisation.
‘We have branched from being mere financial consultants to being full-on business consultants. Due to many of our clients being start-ups and SMEs, our focus and passion have shifted from just doing the books to journeying with the founders/owners to provide solutions that are best suited to them,’ says Kelebogile Lehasa.
Holistic health and wellness is the practice of treating the whole mind, body and spirit and considering the whole person in the pursuit of health, happiness and holistic wellness. This is important because it helps individuals conceptualise illness by looking at all aspects of their lives and implementing changes to promote healing and prevention. Achieving holistic health is also associated with accountability, self-regulation, and responsible decision-making.
Five pillars of wellness
The idea of incorporating pillars of wellness into your daily routine may sound daunting as you begin your wellness journey. Chances are you are already using a few of these pillars. We look at five pillars of these pillars:
- Physical − This encompasses much more than just exercise. Regular physical activity is certainly a component of this pillar, but there are other aspects such as healthy hygiene and sleep habits that make up holistic physical wellness. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults ages 18 to 64 get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. When it comes to hygiene, establishing proper habits will not only make you healthier but also more confident.
- Nutritional − Ensuring you are eating a balanced diet is essential to building this pillar in your life. Adults should emphasise a diet containing fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products.
- Emotional − This pillar covers your feelings, as well as how easily you can understand and navigate your emotions and communicate them with others. Being in control of your emotions, or at least aware of how they can impact your relationships, is a crucial part of your overall holistic wellness. Try to make journaling a part of your daily routine: this helps you let out your feelings and emotions.
- Social − This encompasses our connections and relationships with others. Humans are social creatures by nature and through daily interactions, we can see ourselves through the eyes of others and learn who we are and how we fit into the world. Beyond building positive relationships with others, this pillar of wellness includes the ability to resolve any conflict that might arise in a healthy and respectful manner.
- Spiritual − This pillar of wellness is unique to each person and their spirituality. Spirituality is defined as the traditions and values by which people live. This helps to give people a sense of purpose and meaning in life, which, in turn, helps guide actions.
Wellness encompasses much more than what we can see in the mirror. By prioritising all five pillars of wellness that have been outlined above, you will be well on your way to becoming a healthier and happier you.
Neelam Diah, SAICA Enterprise Development ESD Programme Manager