10. Wellness


Wellness is the conscious development of the whole self. Embarking on a wellness journey is a process of searching for the appropriate ‘tools’ for continued growth and development. The National Wellness Institute now recognizes eight “dimensions” or essential life areas that collectively comprise the wellness (well-being) of human beings.

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This wellness model emphasizes the importance of creating a balance in the many different areas that make up your life. Each affects the others and determines your overall wellness status.

Wellness Awareness is: Spiritual, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Cultural, Occupational, Social, and Environmental.

Wellness Behavior Change

Wellness is both for the moment and the long haul. You have all you need to be happy and healthy right now. At the same time you can spend a lifetime cultivating and refining your own art of “living well.”

Setting Goals

One powerful motivating tool for personal progress is setting goals. Goals help keep you focused on what you hope to accomplish, until you set new ones for even further development.

Your Wellness Balance

Wellness is primarily a matter of finding a balance between the many dimensions and natural elements of your life. It is a dynamic balance that is ever changing. Learn about what is referred to as the Inverted ‘U’. It is a good graphic image that serves to remind us of our need to balance out behaviors. Wellness is primarily a matter of balance. Three great ways to improve your balance are:

  • Meditation
  • Practicing Self Defense
  • Dance Lessons