Six dimensions of wellness

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.


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



5 thoughts on “Six dimensions of wellness”

  1. It’s hard to say what I do in each individual category to keep things in balance. I just know that when things are out of balance I have to get them realigned. Remembering to slow down and take a deep breath throughout the day, whenever I feel the need,goes a long way toward keeping things together. Along with starting and ending each day with gratitude.

  2. It’s definitely a challenge. I tend to put more consistent effort into physical wellness. The dimension I’m working on now is emotional wellness. Great post!

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