When you think of “wellness,” what pops into your mind?
Our society typically equates wellness strictly with physical well-being (and a carefully curated image of physical well-being, at that), with maybe a smattering of spirituality or emotional health as a garnish. With the wealth of green smoothies, guided meditations, “diet tips,” and exercise routines abundant throughout the wellness industry, it’s hard to see wellness as much else.
However, wellness encompasses much more, offering an integrated and holistic goal for living a good life. (And if you let me talk long enough, you’ll know how passionate I am about connecting seemingly disparate things into a holistic, integrated picture.) In this 10-part blog post series, I’ll be discussing the components of wellness and how to build a life filled with wellness adventure!
So what is wellness, anyway?
Common definitions of “wellness” include:
As you can see, these definitions include much more than just physical well-being. Through my research, I have consistently found between six and eight “pillars” of wellness (sometimes different elements are combined into a single pillar, and other times they are separated). These are:
As you read through these eight components, I’m sure you took inventory of your own wellness. Which areas are you strongest in? Which ones could use improvement?
The members of my Wellness Adventure Club not only receive support for their emotional and physical wellness through discounts on their massages and massage Power-Ups, but they also receive a seasonal Wellness Adventure Guide with tips and walkthroughs to support all areas of wellness in their lives. Even if you don’t live in the RVA area, I highly recommend that you sign up so you can get all benefits.
Next time, I will start discussing the individual components of wellness, starting with the one we’re most familiar with in our culture: Physical Wellness.
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