Lately I've been thinking about what health and wellness means to me.
My first thoughts always jump to the obvious: working out (mostly at home even though I hate exercising) and clean eating (which for me means a mostly vegetarian / sometimes vegan diet that cuts out most processed food).
But total health and wellness includes a lot more than that. The National Wellness Institute promotes the Six Dimensions of Wellness:
Based on the model, I spend a lot of time focusing on my physical wellness but I think that I've honestly been ignoring the other important aspects of health and wellness.
Clearly my definition of health and wellness needs to be expanded upon.
I thought that I'd share some thoughts on how I define health and wellness in my life and then expand upon each dimension in greater detail over the next couple of months.
How I'd like to define health and wellness in my life
Ensuring that I keep my values and ideals present in my work during all times.
Staying active with organizations that contribute to social betterment. My current favorite is ASPCA. Also, I'd like to consume less (and live a more minimalist life).
Finish my PhD program. Does that count? Additionally, I'd like to read more, especially more non-fiction. Thankfully I still have some room on my summer reading list.
To steal directly from the National Wellness Institute, I'd like to make sure that I “live each day in a way that is consistent with [my] values and beliefs.”
Findings more constructive ways to de-stress.
Regular exercise, healthy eating, and using switching to all natural / DIY / cruelty-free beauty products.
My personal definition of health and wellness will continue to evolve over time but for now I'm content.