Updated: Oct 31, 2021
Have you been thinking about improving your wellness? Wellness means a lot of different things to different people. Sometimes wellness is defined by the absence of illness, but there is also agreement that wellness goes beyond just not being sick. There are so many different focuses on wellness because wellness is a very complex concept.
The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. A focus on holistic health is the ultimate goal in this definition. The World Health Organization defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being. This definition is similar to the definition provided by The Global Wellness Institute in that they are both focused on overall wellness.
Because wellness is so complex with so many different elements included, it can be helpful to assess your personal levels of wellness before starting your wellness plan. Here are 3 examples of ways you can assess elements of your wellness.
Wellness example 1 - Wellness wheel
Understanding wellness can seem like a lot of work because there are many different models that help us understand wellness. Generally speaking, there are 8 different dimensions that are common in wellness discussions - emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social. A wellness wheel is a model that looks at all of the dimensions necessary to lead a connected and balanced life.
You can use a wellness wheel to take a look at your wellness across different dimensions. In order for us to lead the lives we want to lead, we need to make sure that we are taking time to focus on all aspects of our wellness, not just in certain areas.
Wellness example 2 - Princeton Umatter Wellness Self-Assessment
The Princeton Umatter Wellness Self-Assessment was created by Princeton University's Umatter initiative. The tool was built with the goals of individual self-reflection and goal-setting in mind. Success in making changes is connected to the ability to reflect on the why behind your decisions to change. Success is also linked to writing out your goals in a way that makes them manageable and easy to follow.
Wellness example 3 - Using writing to reach your wellness goals
If you are like me, you are a big fan of writing things down. So much reflection can happen when you take the time to write down what is in your head. Writing down your goal can help you keep track of it and make a plan. What have you been thinking about working on for yourself? A goal that I am constantly working toward is improving my physical wellness.
Once you have your goal in mind, you want to make sure you write out what to do to work toward your goal. For me, improving my physical wellness means taking care of myself. When I take care of myself, I try to look at many different areas of wellness. In this example, I am looking at 3 areas of personal wellness - mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.
The final step in this process is to actually write out the steps you will take to achieve your goal. In this example, I have said that I am going to focus on 3 areas of wellness to help me reach my goal of improving my physical wellness, but this does not help me understand what I need to do. By creating small, manageable steps toward your goal, you increase the chance you will reach your goal.
Remind yourself of your positive affirmation during meal times
Spend at least 10 minutes journaling today before bed
Focus on your spiritual wellbeing
Yoga video today before work
Connect with a friend today after work for a walk
Focus on your physical wellbeing
Eat at least 3 vegetables today
Utilize mindful eating at each meal
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By focusing on your own wellness, you are taking the first step toward helping you feel your best.