Achieving Wellness

Wellness is defined as overall well-being, and includes eight dimensions: Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Financial, Environmental, Occupational, and Social. I see it as living a well-balanced and quality life that includes stable and loving relationships, good communication, engaging and fulfilling work, healthy nutrition, strong boundaries, exercise, stress management, proper sleep, and fun activities.

Balance and satisfaction are self-defined and different for everyone, but depend on structure and good habits. These might include mindfulness exercises, allowing time for spontaneous activities, spending less time online, having regular physical exams, calling and visiting with friends, and participating in psychotherapy.

Structure is vital because every dimension of wellness is interconnected. Financial stress can lead to anxiety (Emotional), which can lead to medical issues (Physical), leading to loss of work (Occupational) and loss of a safe home (Environmental). Structure helps support each dimension of wellness and creates self-awareness and insight.

Good habits help in feeling accomplished, focused, and healthy. A wellness mindset requires practice, but becomes easier over time. The first steps will be working together to define which dimensions need support, and building the structure and framework to accomplish that.