Updated: Jan 19

We often make the assumption that wellness is directly linked to the health industry, be it fitness programs, nutritional experts or day spas. When it comes to design, we have huge opportunities to contribute to the wellness of society, including ourselves and those we love.

The way we choose to design a space will have a direct influence on the quality of life of the future inhabitants, be they residents of a home or patrons of a commercial venue. When we shift our priorities from a need to impose designs that speak only of our ego, to the creation of a space that nourishes the soul, we are considering the wellness of our clients.

Wellness, though, must start with the treatment of our own self. We need to take good care of our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being before we can take care of the needs of our team and our clients. Personal wellness means working hard to ensure we are feeding all 12 Areas of Life Balance (read more here) that enrich our lives, relieve stress and make us better designers. It means feeding our souls through preparing and sharing fine foods, connecting with nature and loved ones and finding peace and calm to quieten our busy minds.