What do you think about when wellness comes to mind? Do you immediately think about your weight? Maybe you think about your abs or how strong you are? Perhaps you really consider your 5k time? If so, that is fantastic!!
Truthfully, you aren’t wrong or alone. Wellness is absolutely our physical health but it is also so much more. There are many components of wellness but I want to focus on the following 5: Physical, emotional, mental, social, and financial. These 5 aspects of wellness feed off of each other and assist each other in creating a holistic approach to wellness. If you spend too much time maximizing one, typically the others will decrease due to lack of attention. This is something we will need to keep in mind!
I like to think about improving wellness very similarly to anything else are trying to improve. For example, If you focus on only one flower in your entire garden the others are going to die. If you focus on just one patch of grass the rest of the grass will look awful or die. If you only clean one place in your house the rest of the house is going to get pretty dirty…You get the point. The main idea here is that the same thing happens with our life.
We may have a great job, a great family or great social life. However, if we’re only focusing on one or two of those things the others will suffer. Maybe not at first but over the long term there will be a decline in other areas. This is why consistency is more important than intensity because if you focus on just being consistent you’re better able to focus on multiple things at once.
Now, please understand that I’m not saying you have to improve all five of these categories at the same time. I am also not suggesting that we need to spend the same amount of time on each category. Naturally, you’re going to have periods of time where you focus a little bit harder on one aspect. That is normal and to be expected, the catch is it you cannot totally neglect another area of wellness in hopes of maximizing your overall health. I would encourage you, if you are embarking on w wellness journey, to look at all areas of wellness and not just one. You’ll definitely be better off if you do it that way