It’s back-to-school season, which means my classes at Marylhurst have kicked into gear. As I strive to keep my world in balance, one of my classes today reminded me of simple, yet powerful factors that encompass wellness.
Today, I want to share the “six dimensions of wellness.”
As we all struggle for more balance in our daily lives, it’s important to view life from a boarder prospective. There is more to wellness than just diet and exercise. After all, we are multifaceted human beings. So what does it mean to have a truly healthy, balanced lifestyle?
According to the study “Health and Fitness for Life” by Gary Luguori & Sandra Carroll-Cobb, there are six dimensions to health and wellness. These dimensions all work together like the spokes on a wheel. They help us maintain and recreate balance. If one is out of whack, the others may be negatively affected.
SIX DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
1.) Physical wellness: Sleep, exercise, nutrition, personal safety (wearing sunscreen, driving practices, etc.)
2.) Intellectual wellness: Creativity, learning, problem-solving, engaging your mind.
3.) Spiritual wellness: Having a set of values, beliefs, or principles that give meaning and purpose to your life.
4.) Environmental wellness: a secure home, safe work setting, and limited exposure to toxins.
5.) Social wellness: the ability to develop and maintain satisfying and trustworthy interpersonal relationships.
6.) Emotional wellness: ability to manage stress, a sense of hope, enthusiasm, confidence, and self-acceptance.
Think about it. In what ways do you maintain balance in these six crucial areas?
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
“Health is a dynamic and temporary stat of equilibrium destined to break down as conditions change, but most of the breaking downs need not be major.”
~Andrew Weil, MD