In the world of nutrition, there are some far encompassing words that are becoming harder and harder to understand
Metabolism, cleanse, detox, inflammation, and wellness are a few I grapple with daily.
And as my clients use ubiquitous terms like this, my job is to explain what they tangibly mean so that they aren’t quite so nebulous. I tend to struggle working or teaching in the abstract.
Good thing I’m not planning on going into philosophy eh?
Let’s dissect the word “wellness” together because I want you to walk away from reading this feeling inspired by different facets of wellness that you have on lock-down and others that perhaps could be a target for development in your life.
It turns out the term “wellness” encompasses so much more than simply sound nutrition + consistent exercise.
Margaret Swarbrick first proposed that there are 8 spheres, or dimensions, of wellness that are vitally important for an individual’s well being. The pursuit of growth in each of these dimensions breeds a life of kindness toward yourself and others.
Pause, and take a moment to read over + reflect on each topic listed below, noting the examples listed are merely there to provide inspiration!
engage in meaningful movement daily
feed your mind + body with nourishing, whole foods
prioritize sleep and practices that restore + refuel your body
emotional // mental
take time to reflect daily + keep a gratitude journal
practice self-care habits
acknowledge + have compassion for the feelings of others
live within your means
steward your resources responsibly by investing + saving
playfully engage your creative side by creating something with your hands // mind
learn something new [a new skill, hobby, idea]
maintain a sense of wonder + curiosity
invest in authentic community by being vulnerable and sharing yourself
be hospitable by hosting others + listening well
encourage friends and family on a regular basis
believe in something greater than yourself
reflect often on what gives you purpose + value in your life
participate in activities that support your values and beliefs
enjoy the beauty of nature
curate a home environment that is pleasing + comfortable
contribute to the sustainability of the earth according to your personal beliefs
share your unique gifts + talents through your work
engage in both paid and unpaid work that is rewarding on a soul level
find a balance between work + leisure
As you reflect on these dimensions of wellness, celebrate those you are doing well and think intentionally about how you could improve on the areas that still need development.
Where can you be kinder to yourself?
Where can you be kinder to others?
True mastery of each of these dimensions takes a lifetime, which is why we at Simply Nourished use the phrase #progressoverperfection on the daily. Wellness from cell to soul is a PROCESS, not a pass // fail test.
If this idea of all encompassing [multi-faceted] wellness is inspiring to you, click HERE to explore further.