I am changing my life for the better! Take a peek into my journey to better overall health. I will work on my physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, relationship, vocational, and intellectual health.
Nobody is more surprised that I am that I've held these goals in the forefront of my mind for so many years. Not just thinking about the goals, but actually actively working on them in all these areas of my life. When I stop and think about how "healthy" I am in so many areas of my life, I don't have much room to complain. But there's always room to grow and be even healthier in all these areas.
As with any wellness plan, these goals are not the type that have definitive endings. There are so many smaller goals accomplished along the journey that add up to a life that gives me joy, happiness and well-being. Because I'm committed to my overall health, I make it a habit of revisiting my goals in each of these areas of my life and take stock in how well I'm doing and what needs to be adjusted to do better.
I recently came across the graphic below while surfing the web. It started me thinking about how each of the areas of my health work together and how I need to give each the attention and commitment it deserves in order to achieve a balanced life.
The "Eight Dimensions of Wellness" is actually part of a substance abuse program in Washington D.C. but this graphic (and the poster you can download in the Source link below) really speaks to the goals I've set in my own life. Many WLS patients set similar goals. Although these eight goals don't line up perfectly with the seven I've listed above (sometimes there are eight when I had "health of my character"), I still think this graphic is an excellent way to visualize my own holistic wellness.
|Source: SAMHSA Wellness Program (download poster with this link)|
Over the next few weeks I'm going to revisit each of my big life goals and review what I've already accomplished and what I want to tackle next.