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Monday, August 27, 2012

Wellness Definition

Six Dimensions of Wellness
What is Wellness? When defining wellness, to simply say it’s the absence of disease is just too vague! Wellness means more than just the absence of disease. According to health and physical fitness experts, it’s an all-inclusive umbrella that  encompasses several components that are all geared towards health. The following are believed to be the six dimensions of wellness:

1.Physical
2.Emotional
3.Intellectual
4.Social
5.Environmental
6.Spiritual


Because all these dimensions are interrelated, each one of them usually affects the others.
The fact that wellness is more than just the absence of disease, to achieve a state of wellness, it requires implementing positive programs to change behavior in order to improve health, quality of life, promote longevity, and to achieve a sate of total well-being.

Physical Health -  to address you physical component for example, you will have to start thinking about:
  • Physical Fitness
  •  Regular Medical Physical Fitness Exams


Emotional  Health
- in addressing the emotional component of your health you have to at least try to develop:
  • Good stress management skills

Intellectual Health- your level education or degree of intellectuality in health education can positively or negatively impact your wellness. Through health education you can learn about and take appropriate action in the following areas:

  •     Cardiovascular risk reduction
  •     Proper nutrition
  •     Substance abuse control
  •     Prevention of unsafe sex
  •     Safety - seat belt wearing

 Social Health - what about social health or in other words the manner in which we interaction with others around you? If you are not socially healthy you might be unable to make friends or get along with people. This can have a negative impact on our mental,physical, emotional, and spiritual health. This is also one example of how one component of wellness can affects all the others.

Environment Health - avoiding all the negative health factors in your environment( the environmental factors that can potentially affect your health) is also of paramount importance.

Spiritual Health - If you can find ways to avoid negativity and improve your spirituality on a daily basis is also good for your health.

To summarize, in order to attain wellness, you will have address several other factors that can  affect the six dimensions of wellness, such as: substance abuse control, physical fitness, smoking cessation, sexuality, safety, stress management, safety, stress management, medical physical exams, cardiovascular risk reduction, health education, nutrition, spirituality,and cancer prevention.