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What is Wellness?

This week, we want to explore what "wellness" means and how to incorporate wellness into many different areas of our lives. Wellness can be hard to define as it is more conceptual than concrete.

"The definition of wellness long used by the National Wellness Institute (NWI): Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence."

NWI states, "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." NWI recognizes six dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. To live and feel our best, we should spend time addressing all six areas. How does integrating all six dimensions of wellness impact our lives? "By applying the Six Dimensional Model, a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living. Applying a wellness approach can be useful in nearly every human endeavor. " (NWI)

My wellness Wednesday challenge for you is to take a self-guided scan of each of the six dimensions of wellness in your life. Which areas do you feel like you are succeeding in? Which areas do you feel you are neglecting? Which areas do you have the tools to improve? Which areas do you need support to change? The definition of wellness acknowledges wellness as a constant state of change, ebbing and flowing as we move through life and lived experiences. The good news is that we can improve each of these six dimensions should we choose to, and we do not have to do so alone. MANY tools, resources, and people can work with us to improve our overall wellness. If you are ready to improve one of the six aspects of wellness, reach out! Though my specialty is working with individuals to improve physical wellness, I have a vast network of providers and coaches to help in the other five areas.

Be and live well,

Nicole Todisco MacDonald

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