An Overview of Wellness:Seeking Balance Through Holistic Health Michelle Alexander, MPH, CHES Health Instructor Thomas Nelson Community College
What is Health and Wellness? Health: “…being sound in mind, body and spirit” Not just the absence of illness or disease, but a complete state a mental, physical, and social well-being Wellness: “…purposeful, enjoyable living…lifestyle CHOICES characterized by optimal enhancement” of the different dimensions of life
Achieving optimal health involves seeking balance through Holistic Health… The Wellness Wheel Image source: eraven.franklinpierce.edu (via Creative Commons)
Put a little S.S.P.I.C.E.in your life… SOCIAL SPIRITUAL PHYSICAL INTELLETUAL CAREER (OCCUTPATIONAL) EMOTIONAL
Social Health “The ability to related to others and express care and concern for others” Being SOCIALLY healthy means… You are able to interact effectively in relationships with others You surround yourself with a strong social support network You feel accepted by others You see yourself as an important part of the world.
Spiritual Health “Guiding values and principles the help a person find meaning, purpose and directions” Being SPIRITUALLY healthy means… You believe your life has value and you are here for a reason You understand you are not the center of the universe You believe in a higher power (GOD, nature, etc.) You participate in activities that help you fulfill your purpose and feed your spiritual side.
Physical Health “Cells, organs, tissues, and systems of the body are in working order” Being PHYSICALLY healthy means… You take care of you body by eating healthy and exercising You get adequate sleep and avoid abusing drugs and other harmful substances You get annual health screenings for preventive care
Intellectual Health “The ability to think and learn from experiences…” Being INTELLECTUALLY healthy means… You are able to assess and question new information You are open to learning new things You seek to learn about the world and how it works You are able to learn new skills in order to advance your understanding of various topics.
Occupational (Career) Health “The ability to gain satisfaction and enrichment from your work” Being OCCUPTIONALLY healthy means… You seek out experiences designed to prepare you for the career of your choosing You challenge yourself by setting new goals for your current career (if applicable) You feel happy and fulfilled with the career path you have chosen
Emotional Health “Experiencing a wide-range of feelings and emotions…” Being EMOTIONALLY healthy means… You experience and appreciate a wide range of emotions and express them in a healthy manner You remain flexible in coping with life’s ups and downs You use healthy coping skills to keep from getting overwhelmed by life You control your emotions, they don’t control you.
Achieving Balance “No man is an island…” John Donne Everything we do in life affects each of the six dimensions. As you evaluate your Wellness Wheel ask yourself: Are there areas which I am ignoring? Are there areas in which I am devoting too much time? What steps can I take to achieve balance?