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.”