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Tuesdays Are For Wellness

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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Another great concept for 'wellness' comes from the book/website The Blue Zones by Dan Buetner. It is based on the longest living people in the world. The 'blue zones' comes from circling the places on a world map where they live with a blue ink pen. Really fascinating reading, and quite thought provoking. Hope you'll take a look at it.


Wow! Great things to thing about! When I look at that list, I think Spiritual is the one I am doing best at - but in each dimension there is an aspect I struggle with. That goes back to the "its a work in progress" concept perhaps. But, wow - so much great information!


Lots to think about! My best area might be the physical. I’ve really buckled down this past year and have exercised consistently. I’ve also worked on my eating habits but that continues to be a work in progress.. More reading about the other areas would help me understand how I’m doing. This is quite a venture!


That's a great list and fantastic resource. I could definitely do better with the physical spectrum of things but I feel great about intellectual, spiritual and occupational.


This is such good stuff, Kym - and I wish yet again we lived closer (just think - YOU could be enjoying sunshine, blooms ... and pollen right now :-) I think I feel pretty good on all those dimensions, but I'm digging deeper into the social and spiritual aspects. Had coffee this morning with a woman who is new to the area (she's been visiting our church) and she's bringing some new-to-me and very cool ideas to the table.


Honestly, I don't think I'm that great at any of them which means I have a lot of things to consider.


Much to think about here Kym - thanks for the link. I think I'm best at the intellectual and occupational and the others all need a bit of work. I looked at the Blue Zone site that Sandy suggested - that's very interesting as well.

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