In the past, I’d often hear the term Wellness and think “Oh, I know all about wellness. I have it covered since I work out and eat healthy.”  It turns out there is a lot more to being healthy—well, seven “a lot mores” to be exact. Seven areas, which for the most part, I haven’t gone out of my way to think about or work on.

What are the seven dimensions of wellness that took me from thinking I have wellness covered all the way to the other end of the spectrum where I learned I’m only measly 1/8th well? Besides Physical Wellness they are: Emotional Wellness, Occupational Wellness, Environmental Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Social Wellness, Financial Wellness, and Spiritual Wellness. The wellness list is overwhelming, but since I want to be well I came up with a plan to get myself up to 8/8 well.

My Plan. Simply, my plan is to pick one dimension a month along with a relative activity and do it. To keep things exciting, the activity must be a new experience for me. After, I will rank the experience on how well I feel. My first month will be my easiest dimension, Physical Wellness. I have not decided on the new activity I will be exploring, but I am excited to get started on this new wellness plan and in eight months I will have worked on all eight dimensions.

Why start now? I want to tackle wellness from all perspectives, while trying out new experiences.  I’m hoping it will help me learn what it really means to be “well.”

Written by Mike Turko

Mike is a senior graphic designer at Trion. He specializes in communicating ideas through both print and digital design mediums. Mike also works to develop custom, interactive digital marketing campaigns that effectively engage a variety of employee audiences.

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