How do you define wellness? As simply a state of not being sick? Ashevillage believes that wellness is multidimensional, holistic, and interconnected with all living beings and the natural world.
The National Wellness Institute suggests definitions of wellness and it’s six dimensions.
Definition of Wellness
The term wellness has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellness encompasses, the National Wellness Institute–along with the help of leaders in health and wellness–shared many interpretations and models of wellness.
Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:
- Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
- Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
- Wellness is positive and affirming
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of,
and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
The Six Dimensions of Wellness
- Occupational – Personal satisfaction and enrichment through work
- Physical – Optimal wellness through good exercise and eating habits
- Social – Contributing to one’s community and caring for the environment
- Intellectual – Stimulating creative activities, expanding knowledge and skills, discovery
- Spiritual – Search for meaning and purpose
- Emotional – Awareness and acceptance of feelings, connection with self and others
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