Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still underway, and in fact, appears to be surging, the way we live has drastically changed these past nine months. Many of us may feel that we have lost control as we shelter in place, and refrain from seeing family friends out of concern for spreading the dreaded virus.
One way to re-gain control is to cook your favorite comfort food. After a long day of mask-wearing and video chats, hanging out with Netflix on the couch instead of your friends becomes the ultimate treat. We have gained an excessive amount of time in our homes (and our pajamas) while lacking the valuable morning walks to work and casual hellos in the hallway. As we courageously adapt to this new way of living, it is essential to reconsider how to cultivate a new sense of self-control.
In the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, it can be hard to take a step back and bring focus to ourselves. The idea of making time for exercise and grocery shopping for a diet feels like an added stressor. With the Premier Edition of the Fizikaflex Wellness Journal, we aim to show that personal wellness does not have to be treated as a chore, but rather an integration of your current lifestyle. Through various circumstances and backgrounds, everyone experiences healthcare differently in a way that is not always equitable. Fizika believes that information in regards to our personal wellness is a human right and should be accessible to all. As Art Designer for Fizika Group, I integrated these beliefs into the strategic design that is demonstrated in the Fizikaflex Wellness Journal through:
- Bilingual Content – The Journal simultaneously presents the content in both English and Spanish, which reaches a wider, more diverse audience.
- Easily Digestible Material – The reading content is written at a fifth-grade reading level to ensure the material could be understood across a range of age groups and reading levels. This encourages the Journal to be shared among families and friends, facilitating a sense of community surrounding health and wellness in different environments.
- Integration Not Exclusion – Our common idea of wellness is often masked by the diet culture illusion of needing to completely change our lifestyle. This Journal explores alternative ways to stay active while still doing what you love. It has features such as a word puzzle to keep your mind mentally active while you drink your morning coffee or a tip that encourages you to dance while you wait on your dinner to finish cooking (a safe distance from the stove of course).
- Self Expression – Physical wellness coincides with mental wellness, which can be exercised through self-reflection and expression. A personal collage page is featured along with
Thanks to our partnership with SeniorsBlueBook (www.seniorsbluebook.com), the Fizikaflex Wellness Journal is being printed and distributed at no cost to affordable housing communities in Lancaster and York Counties beginning in November. You can check out the special features of the Fizikaflex Wellness Journal here: Wellness Journal Page. To request printed copies, complete the form on the Wellness Journal page.