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When you hear the word 'wellness', what do you think of? When I ask this of my clients, the typical answer is weight loss, exercise, nutrition. This is correct, but not the complete picture. Did you know that all aspects of your life impact your wellness in a positive or negative way?
Let's take a quick look at the dimensions of wellness:
- Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
- Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
- Financial–Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
- Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
- Occupational--Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
- Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep
- Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
- Spiritual—Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life
When everything is in sync, we feel good, happy, joyful. It's when there are imbalances that our wellness is less than what it could be. For example, weight loss isn't just about the food we eat because there may be something in our life that is causing us to be an emotional eater - perhaps a bad relationship, lack of social life, or feeling like there aren't enough cute tie-wearing puppies to look at. Discovering where your imbalances are is very important to achieving your wellness goals.
Have you ever set wellness goals? I'm not talking about annual New Year's resolutions, rather actual measurable, realistic plans for how your will achieve your wellness goals. It's a strategy that really works. Stay tuned for more information about how to determine your wellness imbalances and for easy goal setting strategies that you can use right away. In the meantime, enhance your emotional wellness by taking another look at that adorable pup.
In health (and wellness),
Wellness Lifestyle Educator (and cute puppy supporter)