Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness Wednesday
~ Twitter: @WellWeds

This Board has been created for the Twitter Account: @WellWeds , which was inspired by the inimitable @jenniferbeals (Twitter) to continue Wellness & Health discussions & provide resources & mutual support to our followers.
Every week (usually on Wednesdays - but sometimes other days) we have Twitter Chats on a topic related to #Wellness. Every day we post information and resources related to the different Dimensions of Wellness. This page is from a #WellnessWednesday Chat facilitated by @PeaceAcore . We will make more Tackk Boards based on our Chats and highlights from our @WellWeds . Twitter Account. Thank you so much for visiting this Board.

Dimensions of Wellness

There is an interconnection between the various Dimensions of #Wellness - e.g. our #Emotional Wellness can affect our #Physical Wellness or our #Spiritual Wellness. The Mind, Body and Spirit are inextricably bound, and good #Health depends on our maintaining a balance and harmony between the various Dimensions of Wellness.

is not an isolated mode of Being...
our Health is interconnected
with the Health of others.
#Community #CommonGood

Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) "

From : http://www.nationalwellness.org/?page=Six_Dimensio...

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

The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence."

Dr. Bill Hettler - combined Social and Environmental Wellness - that is why his model has six dimensions instead of the seven pictured at the top of this board.

"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."

The occupational dimension recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work. At the center of occupational wellness is the premise that occupational development is related to one’s attitude about one’s work. Traveling a path toward your occupational wellness, you’ll contribute your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is both personally meaningful and rewarding. You’ll convey your values through your involvement in activities that are gratifying for you."

The physical dimension recognizes the need for regular physical activity. Physical development encourages learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption. Optimal wellness is met through the combination of good exercise and eating habits. As you travel the wellness path, you’ll strive to spend time building physical strength, flexibility and endurance while also taking safety precautions so you may travel your path successfully, including medical self-care and appropriate use of a medical system. The physical dimension of wellness entails personal responsibility and care for minor illnesses and also knowing when professional medical attention is needed."


"The social dimension encourages contributing to one’s environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between others and nature. As you travel a wellness path, you’ll become more aware of your importance in society as well as the impact you have on multiple environments. You’ll take an active part in improving our world by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with those around you. You’ll actively seek ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature along the pathway as you discover the power to make willful choices to enhance personal relationships and important friendships, and build a better living space and community."


"The intellectual dimension recognizes one’s creative, stimulating mental activities. A well person expands his or her knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing his or her gifts with others. Using intellectual and cultural activities in the classroom and beyond the classroom combined with the human resources and learning resources available within the university community and the larger community, a well person cherishes intellectual growth and stimulation. Traveling a wellness path, you’ll explore issues related to problem solving, creativity, and learning. You’ll spend more time pursuing personal interests and reading books, magazines, and newspapers, while keeping abreast of current issues and ideas. As you develop your intellectual curiosity, you’ll actively strive to expand and challenge your mind with creative endeavors."


"The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe. Your search will be characterized by a peaceful harmony between internal personal feelings and emotions and the rough and rugged stretches of your path. While traveling the path, you may experience many feelings of doubt, despair, fear, disappointment and dislocation, as well as feelings of pleasure, joy, happiness and discovery. These are all important experiences and components to your search and will be displayed in the value system you will adapt to bring meaning to your existence. You’ll know you’re becoming spiritually well when your actions become more consistent with your beliefs and values, resulting in a 'world view.' "

"The emotional dimension recognizes awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. Emotional wellness includes the degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about one’s self and life. It includes the capacity to manage one’s feelings and related behaviors including the realistic assessment of one’s limitations, development of autonomy, and ability to cope effectively with stress. The well person maintains satisfying relationships with others. Awareness of, and accepting a wide range of feelings in yourself and others is essential to wellness. On the wellness path, you’ll be able to express feelings freely and manage feelings effectively. You’ll be able to arrive at personal choices and decisions based upon the synthesis of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior. You’ll live and work independently while realizing the importance of seeking and appreciating the support and assistance of others. You’ll be able to form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust, and respect. You’ll take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy. Managing your life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility for your actions, will help you see life as an exciting, hopeful adventure."

Eight Dimensions of Wellness
A Holistic Guide to Whole-Person Wellness

"Wellness means overall well-being. It incorporates the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a person's life. Each aspect of wellness can affect overall quality of life, so it is important to consider all aspects of health. This is especially important for people with mental health and substance use conditions because wellness directly relates to the quality and longevity of your life."


  • An interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing healthy choices to create a more successful and balanced lifestyle.
  • Aware means that you are by nature continuously seeking more information about how you can improve.
  • Choices mean that you have considered a variety of options and selected those that seem to be in your best interest.
  • Success is determined by you to be your personal collection of accomplishments for your life.


We all stand somewhere
on the Wellness - Illness Continuum

The #Choices We Make
And The #Habits We Set
Really Do Matter

Every Day We Are Making Choices
That Put Us Somewhere
On the Wellness-Illness Continuum

What Choices Have You Made Today
Regarding Your Physical, Emotional, Social,
Intellectual, Occupational,
Spiritual, and Environmental Wellness?

Our #Wellness is not totally under our control - but often we can make choices that will strengthen our #Healthand #WellBeing ...


Why Wellness Matters

"Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions."


“We’re about getting people to understand the roots of health. Health is more than getting fixed in the doctor’s office. Health is a way of being alive” ~ Robert F. Lehman

What ideas do you have for strengthening a #Wellness Dimension in your Life?

"Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon." ~ Denis Waitley

We can't always control how well we are, but we can always choose our #attitude and strengthen our #wellness. ~Katie

How You Can Be Your Own #Health #Advocate

Ideal doctor-patient relationship = meeting of two "experts."

"The ideal doctor-patient relationship, says Haidet, is like a meeting of two 'experts.' The doctor comes to the meeting with medical expertise. 'The patient is entering with contextual knowledge, what these symptoms mean in the broader context of my life, and what kinds of therapies that broader context is going to support,he says."


We can't always control how well we are, but we can always choose our #attitude and strengthen our #wellness. ~ Katie

“We become what we repeatedly do.” ~Sean Covey
#Habits make such a difference.  #Wellness

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3 years ago

Love this new board. Great job #WellWeds

3 years ago

Thank you so much, Rose. ~K🍎