Building Wellness From The Ground Up

An 8 Part Series of Self-Care

The Foundation: What is wellness?

Wellness is defined as the planning and pursuit of healthy habits on a daily basis that helps us achieve positive mental and physical health outcomes. Wellness is essential to understand, especially as we age because regular exercise and proper nutrition can help prevent a variety of ailments. By emphasizing movement, dietary health, and aspects of our socialization, we see noticeable differences in how satisfied we are with our lives. 

The Pillars of Wellness:

Wellness is divided into 8 categories that we will refer to as “pillars”. These pillars support the structure of our overall well-being. 

  1. Physical.
  2. Nutritional.
  3. Emotional.
  4. Intellectual.
  5. Social.
  6. Spiritual.
  7. Environmental.
  8. Occupational.


Over the next few weeks, I will be providing an in-depth discussion which will cover each of these pillars. Scientific data, helpful tips, and professional insight will be key tools that will provide a new lesson to help reinforce your understanding of wellness. Each week there will be a new challenge that will require you to reflect on each of these categories. 

Who is Wellness for?

Wellness is for anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to compartmentalize different aspects of our health in hopes of seeing positive changes and evident results. People who work on their wellness notice significant improvements in each of the categories that are discussed. Working on wellness has a dramatic effect on mood, stress levels, financial stability, family life, social lives, relationships, and overall satisfaction with ourselves. 

How long will it take to notice changes in my wellness?

Some of the tips and skills that will be mentioned in this series can show immediate results if utilized and applied properly, while other skills will take more time and patience. A few of the critical tools require changes of habit. Multiple studies show that on average, it takes 66 days to form a new habit. Motivation and persistence are factors that can potentially set you apart from the average and change may be achieved sooner. Furthermore,  application, practice, and reflection are all essential in achieving the positive results that you desire. 

It takes a lot of courage and motivation to take the first steps of self-improvement. If you have a goal that can be reached through mastering these skills  I encourage you to comment with your goals and your story. By putting your goals and story out there it may help you be more accountable in working towards these goals. I look forward to being a part of your journey towards wellness for the next few weeks! 


Have you ever just felt emotionally “spent?”

This could be because wellness requires balance.


What does your emotional budget look like? Use the Emotional Budget Cost Card to evaluate each of the sections of wellness and reflect on the importance of each of these sections in your life. Rate each of these sections on a scale of 0-100 based on how much time you set aside for each of these parts of wellness. Consider which parts are most important to you and which parts you want to improve.

Emotional Budget Scale - Building Wellness From The Ground Up
Emotional Budget by Mike Giannino
Emotional Budget Cost Card 1 edited - Building Wellness From The Ground Up
Emotional Budget Cost Card by Mike Giannino



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