The Six Dimensions of Wellness, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living. This holistic model explains: how a person contributes to his or her environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks; the enrichment of life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing; the development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view; the benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality, as well as personal responsibility, self-care and when to seek medical attention; self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction; creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others.
Applying a wellness approach can be useful in nearly every human endeavor. As a pathway to optimal living, The following are the six dimensions and the benefits.
Occupational wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to choose a career which is consistent with our
personal values, interests, and beliefs than to select one
that is unrewarding to us.
- It is better to develop functional, transferable skills
through structured involvement opportunities then to remain inactive and uninvolved.
Physical wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to consume foods and beverages that enhance
good health rather than those which impair it.
- It is better to be physically fit than out of shape.
Social wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to contribute to the common welfare of our
community than to think only of ourselves.
- It is better to live in harmony with others and our
environment than to live in conflict with them.
Emotional wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to be aware of and accept our feelings than to deny them.
- It is better to be optimistic in our approach to life than pessimistic.
Intellectual wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to stretch and challenge our minds with intellectual and creative pursuits than to become self- satisfied and unproductive.
- It is better to identify potential problems and choose appropriate courses of action based on available information than to wait, worry, and contend with major concerns later.
Spiritual wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves
and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close
our minds and become intolerant.
- It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent
with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.
Portions of this Blog provided by the following resources: Six Dimensions of Wellness Model ©1976 by Bill Hettler, MD
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