We may cycle through these layers as we evaluate our current level of well-being within our current experiences and developmental stage. Wellness of body, mind, and spirit leads to achievement in every area of life, but the additional items addressed in this model reach the more intangible areas not frequently discussed. With a change in our perception of what wellness encapsulates, these intangibles can be a part of everybody’s strategy for optimal well-being.
A focused-intention exercise is presented with each stage in this book. Focused intention is about awareness and each stage is about bringing awareness to an aspect of your wellness. Awareness begins with quieting your mind, silencing the critical voice, and opening yourself to let ideas and thoughts flow freely. Learning to let go of control mentally and learning to listen to your body and connect with your spirit build a strong wellness foundation and guide you through your life cycle. Just as the cycles of the financial economy fluctuate, we can educate ourselves and develop strategies to protect ourselves through the ups and downs of our well-being.
Adding to the previous illustration of the seven layers, this highlights the focused-intention practice coinciding with each stage of wellness. WELLNESS INVESTMENT PLAN provides details to implement each exercise as a tool to wellness.
This book is a tool for realizing these seven areas of wellness. Incorporating each area will bring balance in your approach to wellness.
What if you’re not well enough to enjoy all that you work so hard to achieve? An investment plan focuses on achieving your lifestyle of choice. A financial investment plan helps you acquire the monetary funds to live your dream lifestyle; a wellness investment plan helps ensure you’ll be well enough to enjoy that lifestyle.
WELLNESS INVESTMENT PLAN runs parallel to what we’re taught about financial investing. If you start investing when you’re young, you can afford to take more risks. Simply put, your wellness is a long-term investment. The actions you take right now to invest in your well-being will payout in the long run.
This graphic illustrates a more detailed model of seven layers of wellness that occur throughout the lifecycle.