What is wellness? Many people think of health and fitness equaling wellness. Some people believe that you have to be a certain size to be well. I am here to tell you that is not the case. We have to look at the bigger picture when it comes to wellness. I have a chronic illness, I might be internally sick, but I am doing what I can to maintain overall wellness.
There are seven dimensions of wellness. I Found this lovely graphic from here. This sums up each dimension very nicely.
I am a work in progress, but I would like to give you a sense of what I am working on in each dimension as a starting point for future discussion.
I am an extrovert, and naturally gravitate towards social situations. I am involved with community theatre, lead a girl scout troop and am an active volunteer at church. I don’t have any issues putting myself into the social world, but sometimes I struggle to maintain strong connections with others.
I tend to keep myself very busy and almost too involved, so this is what I’m working on in the social aspect of wellness. I am starting to say “no thank you” to more opportunities in order to focus on the social commitments that I already have on my plate.
When it comes to emotional wellness I have many tools. I am in talk therapy and have recently started to keep a gratitude journal.
I tend to feed off of the emotions of those around me. I’m an emotional sponge! This means that if I am surrounded by a bunch of happiness I am likely to be happier, but if I am around negativity…well forget it. I can get stuck in the negative, complaining place for DAYS!
I am working on taking more ownership of my big emotions. I am doing this by trying to focus on the positive aspects of life and surrounding myself with more positive media content and people.
For me spiritual wellness involves going to church on Sundays and being fed with the inspiration to be good to one another. For me I can find peace in looking around me and seeing what God has provided.
This is an area that needs a lot of work for me. I am trying to start small by using my own bags for shopping and saying no to straws.
I LOVE my job. I work as a nanny, and currently have an amazing job. I started a few months ago and it a the first time in a few years that I am back in work/life balance. I have long, but manageable hours that allow me to still participate in activities that I love.
I believe that I am very open minded, and I am always willing to learn new things. I am planning on going back to school within the next few years as well.
Oh boy, this is the area of wellness in my life that has inspired me to start this blog! I have lost 55 pounds and 45 inches off of my body since January 1, 2018 all naturally.
I have an autoimmune disease called Fibromyalgia and do not want to take a ton of medication to manage it, so I knew that I needed to find out which foods trigger my inflammation response and also get back into some sort of exercise routine to get stronger.
I have more work to do in all 7 areas of wellness, as all of us are a work in progress. I have more work to do in some areas than others. Right now my goals are in getting a good grasp on my physical, emotional, and social wellness. I will be speaking a lot about the physical/emotional balance over the next few weeks, but the other things always tie in somehow.
Thank you for stopping by! If you have any questions drop me a comment. I can also be found on instagram @alykrysgetsfit and have a FB group called Talking Wellness with @alykrysgetsfit I hope to see you around!