Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Seven Dimensions of Wellness

As Boss women, we are all asked to wear soo many hats and face countless responsibilities. From being the main caregiver for our loved ones to being on the frontline of business, it can all become a little overwhelming. We understand that with so much weighing on our shoulders, optimal health is necessary to live up to our full potential.  We have all been told that in order live a healthy lifestyle we have to exercise regularly and eat right. But after hours in the gym and countless servings of fruits and vegetables, there always seems to be something missing. While you are adequately tending to the wellbeing of your physical self, your spirit is longing to have the same type of fulfillment and satisfaction. Recognizing there is a void, we often try to fulfill it by reengaging with our spirituality, giving back to our community, or starting a new relationship. Although this does get you one step closer to achieving overall wellness, it is only part of the solution.

Wellness is having complete harmony between body and soul to maximize your potential. Dr. Bill Hettler of the National Wellness Institute developed the 7 Dimensions of Wellness Model. The model details seven physical and mental aspects of the health required to achieve complete harmony.  The 7 Dimensions include physical wellness, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to our own quality of life.

Physical Wellness: requires eating well, exercising, and avoiding harmful habits.

Emotional Wellness: includes trust, self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-control, and the ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures.

Spiritual Wellness: is a set of guiding beliefs, principles or values that give meaning and purpose to your life, especially during difficult times; involves the capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, altruism, and fulfillment.

Intellectual Wellness: includes the use of and continual striving for information and intellectual growth.

Social Wellness: includes learning good communication skills, developing the capacity for intimacy, contributing to your community, accepting others different from yourself, and cultivating a support network of caring friends and/or family members.

Environmental Wellness: includes the ability to promote measures that improve the standard of living and quality of health in our environment.

Occupational Wellness:  includes one's attitude about one's work, and recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one's life through work.

It is all about having balance in your life! Since your body and mind are interrelated, each and every one of your 7 dimensions of wellness need to work in harmony with the other for optimal health and wellness. So next time you evaluate your overall health, remember, being a healthy Boss includes both your physical and mental health.

Assess your overall wellness now

"Seven Dimensions of Wellness." UCRiverside. University of California, Riverside. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. http://wellness.ucr.edu/seven_dimensions.html.

"Seven Dimensions of Wellness." ERaven. Franklin Pierce. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. http://eraven.franklinpierce.edu/s/dept/hr/Wellness/Wellness_Publications/Seven%20Dimensions%20of%20Wellness.pdf.

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