What Does Health Mean to You?
Health and wellness are words we are accustomed to hearing but have you ever stopped to think about what it means to you?
March 6, 2016
Health and wellness are words we are accustomed to hearing but have you ever stopped to think about what it means to you? Dr. Halbert Dunn coined the term wellness back in the 1950’s as “an integrated method of functioning ....” In his book, High Level Wellness, Dunn described the interconnections between body, mind, and spirit. So in other words, being free of disease doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy.
Dunn said that the “total” person with a complete “zest for living” is actually comprised of the following five interrelated dimensions:
Social: Support systems, developing satisfying relationships
Physical: Physical / Physiological well-being, exercise, well-balanced diet
Intellectual: Open to learning, continuously expanding knowledge & skills
Emotional: Coping skills, being able to recognize and accept your feelings, dealing with stress (some put mental as a separate category from emotional)
Spiritual: Living in harmony, appreciating the meaning of life, strong set of personal values, beliefs
Other “dimensions” out there include environmental, occupational, financial, and so forth – these have grown since Dunn’s time.
Let’s think about this for a moment. When one of these dimensions is out of balance, it eventually affects the other areas of your life too. We are complex beings with several layers. All it takes is for one of those layers to fall out of line and by a process of osmosis, the other layers begin to decline.
So how would you describe the state of your health based on the above? Are you happy? Do you feel well? Are you feeling stressed? Do you feel a sense of fulfillment? Are you living your life’s purpose?
These are big questions but ones you should know the answers to or at the very least, searching for them.
Healthy Waterloo Region is comprised of businesses from all areas of health and we hope you can seek the expertise of these fine people in your quest for wellness.