Friday, October 5, 2012

Dimensions of Wellness

The word wellness commonly invokes thoughts of nutrition, exercise, weight management, etc. However, wellness is multi-dimensional, and although the physical dimension is one of the broader dimensions, it is only one of many. The exact number of dimensions is debatable but the majority of the wellness culture uses and follows these seven most common dimensions: Physical, Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, Environmental and Occupational. It is recommended that the seven most common dimensions are implemented into the new-found balance of life on your journey to wellness. However, one must decide if it is necessary to add one or more dimensions to suit their own personal needs, preferences, lifestyle and overall journey to wellness.

Even though the long list of possible dimensions are debatable, they all ultimately fall into two broader components, being emotional and physical. With the physical dimension usually being the first to come to mind, the emotional dimension is often overlooked. The relationship between each of the dimensions is complex, thus they are all independently codependent of one another; meaning that they each individually play an important role in achieving total wellness but that they must be in balance with one another and be functioning at the same pace. It is because of this complexity that we must diligently maintain a healthy balance between the dimensions, both individually and collectively.

It is important to note that you do not have to be physically fit or free from disease to strive for an increased state of wellness. Much like success, wellness is a journey, not a destination and you must decide for yourself the quantity and quality of life that you want to achieve along the way.

In no particular order, the following are all of the possible dimensions of wellness:

Emotional Wellness
Environmental Wellness
Family Wellness
Financial Wellness
Intellectual Wellness
Medical Wellness
Mental Wellness
Occupational Wellness
Physical Wellness
Social Wellness
Spiritual Wellness


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