Last week, I wrote about recent my eureka-moment . . . that to live my best life, I need to focus on wellness. Since then, I've been doing some researching and some reading, and y'know . . . there's a lot of information out there! And a lot of it is worth sharing. (Especially because, based on your comments, I think a lot of you are interested in wellness, too.)
Tuesdays around here . . . are for wellness.
(At least, for the time being.)
There are many books and articles and websites based on wellness and self-care (because "self-care" is really having a moment these days). There is lots of information -- and much of it is focused on the self-care-as-pampering concept. Now I do think that a bit of pampering does the body/heart/soul good, but I think there's more to self-care and wellness than pampering! I'm looking for a more holistic approach to wellness.
I discovered an organization called the National Wellness Institute, and they define wellness as follows: Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
Now THAT's what I'm looking for!
Further, the National Wellness Institute describes wellness as having six interconnected dimensions:
- Physical - Maintaining a sound body through regular exercise, proper nutrition, sleeping well, monitoring personal health, and avoiding harmful habits
- Social - Connecting and contributing to our environment and community, and understanding our personal impact on both environment and society
- Intellectual - Engaging with creative and stimulating mental activities
- Spiritual - Searching for meaning and purpose in human existence, and aligning our actions with what's truly important to us
- Emotional - Becoming aware of, accepting, and expressing our feelings, and understanding how they impact our daily lives
- Occupational - Contributing our unique skills, gifts, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding
I really like this dimensional concept when it comes to wellness. It makes sense to me, and helps me understand the various moving parts that contribute to . . . living my best life. Over the next couple of months, I plan to do a kind of "deep dive" into each dimension to examine how my own activities, habits, etc. measure up. I want to figure out which dimensions are working well for me -- and which could use a bit more attention.
How about YOU? When you look at the six dimensions, where do you think you're doing the best? And - just off the top of your head - where do you think you might need to pay more attention in your own life?
[The National Wellness Institute states that "wellness is a conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving full potential." Hmmmmm . . . sounds kind of intentional now, doesn't it?]
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