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The New Year marks the opportunity to reflect, refresh, and restart. As we continue to manage the pandemic’s impact on our own situation, we begin 2022 with both a sense of caution and hope for the future. Many of us make resolutions at the beginning of January, but sustaining these intentions often proves more challenging than originally thought. Regardless, we have learned to appreciate our physical and mental health and the importance of wellness more than ever since 2020.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness is multifaceted and can encompass a broad range of dimensions, including:

  • Physical: Nourishing a healthy body through exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc.
  • Mental: Engaging the world through learning, problem-solving, creativity, etc.
  • Emotional: Being aware of, accepting, and expressing our feelings, and understanding the feelings of others.
  • Spiritual: Searching for meaning and higher purpose in human existence.
  • Social: Connecting and engaging with others and our communities in meaningful ways.
  • Environmental: Fostering positive interrelationships between planetary health and human actions, choices, and wellbeing.

Wellness is not achieved in a day or by one goal or activity. It is a work in progress, and each small step you take towards various aspects of self-care will help you. Pick small manageable goals that will contribute to your “feeling good” and help you enjoy each day. Wellness is personal — what’s your wellness goal? Whether you set a goal for this week, this month, or this year, it’s all about whatever works for you given your personal situation. Wellness can also be reaching out to others for assistance or seeking information or resources that may help you manage responsibilities such as caregiving. Taking care of yourself can help take care of others or remain as independent as possible.

As always, West Mass ElderCare is here for you and your loved ones. Our bilingual Community Resources team acts as our “point of entry” and handles calls and contacts from the community for a wide range of information and referrals to services. This amazing group of WMEC employees is featured in this month’s newsletter. They help so many people and their caregivers navigate the maze of options and individual needs by phone, in person or by email. Connect with our Community Resources team by visiting our website and filling out the contact form, or by calling 413-538-9020. Referrals can also be submitted electronically by completing our online referral form. Reach out anytime and tell us how we can support your wellness goals in the new year!

From everyone at WMEC, we wish you a healthy, safe, and joyous 2022.

Be well,
Roseann Martoccia, MPA
Executive Director