Staying Healthy With Seven (Not Six) Dimensions of Wellness

Many times when we think of wellness, we tend to focus on health issues but there are many factors that impact our health and wellbeing.  The National Wellness Institute promotes Six dimensions of wellness which build a holistic approach to living.  Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute developed the Six Dimensions. 

Wellness has long been studied and has many different definitions.  However, there is a common consensus that Wellness is ‘a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential, multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment and is positive and affirming’.  The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.”  The Six Dimensions include emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. However, at Welltality, we believe there is a seventh dimension which also influences health and wellbeing – financial.  Over the next few months, we will address the seven Dimensions of Wellness to help provide further insight into the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they all contribute to overall health and wellbeing.  

The National Wellness Institute developed three questions that can help evaluate wellness initiatives.  When evaluating programs for your health, ask yourself – Does this help me achieve my full potential? Does this recognize my whole person? And Does this promote positive qualities and strengths?

Applying a wellness approach can be beneficial for overall health and wellbeing.  For more information on how you can take a proactive stance for your health, Welltality works directly with providers to create healthy initiatives at little to no cost to you.