Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), this interdependent model, commonly referred to as the Six Dimensions of Wellness, provides the categories from which NWI derives its resources and services
It is important to take a holistic approach to our wellness. We are more than just a number. There are six dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual.
Each month, over the next six months, I will break down each dimension.
By applying the six-dimensional model, 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 their 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
The first dimension I’d like to talk about is emotional wellness.
Emotional wellness emphasizes an awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. It includes the ability to effectively cope with the challenges life throws at you while building satisfying relationships with others. It implies an optimistic approach to life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.
Enhancing emotional wellness
Emotional health can be maintained by engaging in regular leisure and recreational activities. Practice being self-aware and accepting of personal strengths and weaknesses.