The Wellness Mindset: A Guide to the 6 Dimensions of Holistic Wellness

Up until now, I’ve discussed 4 of the 6 dimensions of wellness. I was going to post the next dimension today, which is social wellness. However, it’s been quite awhile since I posted the original articles. So, I decided to repost this article, which discusses whole body wellness, and highlights each of the 6 dimensions of wellness.  This article was first posted in March, 2019. After this article, I focused on one area of wellness. If you’d like a more in depth look at any of the 4 dimensions already discussed, you can find the links below:

  1. Environmental wellness
  2. Emotional wellness
  3. Intellectual wellness
  4. Spiritual wellness

Next week, I’ll continue with my wellness series with social wellness. Now, onto the main article.


Here’s the original article:

What is health? What is wellness? What comes to mind when you think of a healthy person? Most people think of physical health, but there is much more to it than just physical health. Yes, physical health is part of the equation, but other aspects of our lives affect our physical health: stress, toxins, the environment, our social circle, spirituality.

So, what exactly is whole and complete health and wellness?  That’s what we’ll talk about today. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete  physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” So, you may not be sick at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you’re healthy.

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You may be asking why I’m bringing this up now. Good questions. I’m preparing to turn in the final assignments in my final course in school! Yes, that’s right, I’m getting ready to graduate this summer. After this final class, I’ll take an exam, then start my research thesis, which will take about three months. So, I decided it was time to begin to shift my blog toward my future career as a WELLNESS EDUCATOR. (That’s what I’ll call myself professionally) So, I decided to begin that shift with a primer on wellness, beginning today, and for the next 6 weeks or so, we’ll talk about all aspects of wellness.

WHAT IS WELLNESS?

The actual definition of wellness is: “The condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits.” It seems simple enough doesn’t it, but it’s a bit more complex than that.  Here’ a great video that talks a bit about wellness.

Proper wellness is broken down into 3 categories. For complete health, for complete wellness, you need WHOLE WELLNESS, which means wellness of BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT.

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THE 6 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS

These 3 categories are further broken down into 6 subcategories, or dimensions. If you Google the “dimensions of wellness”, you’ll get plethora of results with people saying there are 8, 9 or even 10 dimensions of wellness. However, I believe that when you get beyond 6 dimensions, you begin to overlap.

6 dimensions of holistic wellness

The 6 dimensions of wellness are:

  1. Environmental – Living in harmony with our surroundings and respectful of the environment; Surrounding yourself with a healthy, calming, toxin-free environment. (EXAMPLES: RECYCLING, VOLUNTEERING, NATURAL RESOURCE AWARENESS)
  2. Emotional – The ability to cope, manage and experience feelings appropriately; positive and optimistic attitude about life; high self-esteem; balanced emotions; recognize and cope with life issues; (EXAMPLES: POSITIVE ATTITUDE, SET PRIORITIES; SEEKING SUPPORT; LEARNING FROM MISTAKES)
  3. Intellectual – Maintain your mind through learning, problem solving and daily decisions; being open to new ideas; learning new skills; promote creativity; curiosity; exploring the world;  (EXAMPLES: LEARNING A NEW SKILL; OPEN-MINDEDNESS; CREATIVITY)
  4. Physical –  Being in top condition, free from illness, disease, etc; Developed through regular exercise and healthy eating; taking personal responsibility for your own health; Empowers you to measure your own health for warning signs; benefits include looking and feeling good, high self-esteem; determination (EXAMPLES: HEALTHY EATING, EXERCISE, YOGA, STRENGTH TRAINING, HEALTHY RECIPES)
  5. Social –  The ability to interact with individuals around you; good communication; meaningful relationships; respectful of others; supporting family and friends. (EXAMPLES: TIME WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS; INTERACTING WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE/CULTURES)
  6. Spiritual – This one encompasses all the rest. optimal meanings of life, beliefs and values; purpose for life; the connection with the source of life/divinity and your inner self; sense of self-awareness; seeking truth, thinking of others, eating healthy, healing others, taking care of the planet, enriching our mind. (EXAMPLES: RELAXATION; MEDITATION; OPEN-MINDED; VALUE GUIDED DECISIONS; ONENESS WITH THE EARTH)

Each of these 6 dimensions, falls under one of the three main categories:

BODY

  • Physical
  • Environmental

MIND

  • Emotional
  • Intellectual

SPIRIT

  • Spiritual
  • Social

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Over the next 6 weeks, I’ll be covering each dimension of wellness up close. I’ll develop a “badge” for each wellness category. A badge will be included with each article I write, so you know under which dimension the article falls. As you can see, they all sort of overlap, so many times, you’ll see multiple badges.

Over the past 2 years, I’ve tried to stick to the dimensions of wellness in my posts, so maybe things won’t change TOO much, we’ll see!

Until next time…namaste my friends.

Tamara

SOURCES

  1. http://www.lifemedwellcare.org/docs/emotional-wellness-lifestyle.pdf
  2. http://www.lifemedwellcare.org/docs/environmental-wellness-lifestyle.pdf
  3. http://www.lifemedwellcare.org/docs/intellectual-wellness-lifestyle.pdf
  4. https://wellness.ucr.edu/physical_wellness.html
  5. https://wellness.ucr.edu/social_wellness.html
  6. http://www.lifemedwellcare.org/docs/spiritual-wellness-lifestyle.pdf

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness! I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, RNCP, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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