Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wellness Wednesday: {Gender Identity}

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday! It might be good to take a moment to refresh your memory about the Wheel of Wellness, and my wellness page includes every past "Wellness Wednesday" post! Remember that wellness isn't the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive in our lives.

Remember that I'm using the Wheel of Wellness to help visualize health in life:

Today we'll be moving on to our next subtask of Life Task 2: Gender Identity. Only one more subtask for Life Task 2 to go!

Myers & Sweeney define this subtask the following way:

Satisfaction with one’s gender identity, feeling supported in one’s gender, valuing relationships with people of both genders, transcendence of gender identity, competency to cope with stress of gender identity.

This can be a hot topic for people, and I'm glad that this was included in the 17 components of wellness! It obviously goes without saying that if we don't feel valued and accepted for who we are, that will affect our emotions and our health. I also think it goes without saying that we shouldn't belittle someone or make jokes at someone's expense simply because of their gender.

A few questions to get you thinking:

  1. How are you supportive of people in regards to their gender?
  2. Are there any words or actions you use that devalue a person because of their gender? If yes, what can you do to change this?
  3. Do you have friends of both genders? If no, what makes you stick to one and not the other? 
  4. Why are friendships with both genders healthy?
  5. Do you ever experience stress because of your gender? If yes- what are some coping skills you can use to stay healthy? 
  6. How do you embrace your gender identity?
  7. How does health, or a lack of health, impact other components of wellness? 
Now it's your turn:
What are some ways we can show value to each person and help others to feel supported in their gender? What are some ways you see people devaluing others based on their gender? Other thoughts on gender identity? 

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