Wellness is not merely the absence of illness or disorder – it is consistently aiming to be spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally well in life. What exactly does that look like? Take a new car for example, it has all the latest features but without wheels, the car does not function properly. Maybe you have wheels but you do not have windshield wipers; how will you see during inclement weather? I’m sure it’s safe to say that It would be an arduous task.
The same way you would take care of your car, from scheduling a maintenance appointment to getting a carwash, you must make a conscious commitment daily to take care of you. The seven dimensions of wellness is a guide to assist you in achieving optimal health. The objective is not to be functioning at 100% in each of these dimensions but to intentionally work toward balancing your life through each aspect. As I begin to introduce each of these, I challenge you to think about your own wellness wheel and what you can do to fin...
Your personal wellness has multiple components and typically requires a consistent, holistic approach for maintenance and growth. Have you thought about making a positive change in your life to improve your wellness? Whether you want to join a gym, start walking daily for exercise, change your diet, or stop smoking, personal change is hard. As you prepare for a season of personal growth, it is a good idea to first take stock of where you are and then identify what may be standing in the way of your progress.
“Dad, can you take me to the mall? I need a new pair of shoes.” I remember making this request to my father when I was 12 years old. I also remember his reply: “Maybe next week.” I had to explain to him that I didn’t WANT a new pair of shoes, I NEEDED a new pair of shoes. He reluctantly took me to the shoe store where the sales person confirmed that my feet had grown over 3 shoe sizes since I had last bought shoes.