The Wellness Planning Process And Benefits Essay

1703 Words Nov 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Before beginning the wellness planning process, it was beneficial to review several articles by Margaret Swarbrick that explained the wellness approach, process and benefits. One key concept explained by Swarbrick (2006) was that “wellness is a conscious, deliberate process that requires a person to become aware of and make choices for a more satisfying lifestyle” (pg. 311). To begin this process, I asked myself two questions, “am I aware of myself as a whole person” and “can I identify my own strengthens and weaknesses within my eight dimensions of wellness?” After completing the wellness planning tool, I realized that in some aspects I do well and in others I know that I can do better than what I am doing now. The first step of this process was to identify strengthens in the 8 dimensions of wellness which consisted of occupational, social, emotional, intellectual, financial, spiritual, and environment. After completing the first step in this process, I was able to reflect on several aspects of my daily routine that contribute to my wellness. I was also surprised at how these routine aspects that I take for granted contribute greatly to my overall wellness. Next, focus was shifted to the physical wellness domain. It is here that we focused on six areas of our physical wellness. These areas were diet/nutrition, physical activity, sleep/rest, relaxation/stress management, medical care/screening, and habits/routines. For this section, the class was asked to identify…

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