King Farm Blog
Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Dimensions of Wellness
As we ring in the New Year, we are often bombarded by ads that remind us to be mindful of our health. With advertisements about “hitting the gym” or “losing that holiday weight”, the words “health” and “wellness” seem to be buzz words of the season. Clearly the focus of these advertisements is on our physical health but what about other components of personal wellness?
In our younger years, “wellness” perhaps meant that we ate our fruits and vegetables, we looked good in a bathing suit or perhaps it simply meant that we stayed healthy when our children had the flu. Our perception of wellness certainly changes throughout our lives.
In 1976 Dr. Bill Hettler, the Co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), created the Six Dimensions of Wellness. According to his model, achieving wellness is about finding balance in six key areas including Emotional, Occupational, Intellectual, Physical, Social and Spiritual wellness. Throughout time, others have expanded this model to include Environmental and Financial wellness. While it’s not an industry standard, the Ingleside Westminster Wellness model has gone even further to include creative wellness, as research suggests that engaging in creative participatory programs are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
So, at this time, we have nine (yes NINE!) dimensions of wellness that we aim to achieve for our personal wellness here at Ingleside Westminster communities. While nine dimensions may be daunting, Ingleside Westminster Life Enrichment programs are designed to integrate these dimensions of wellness in every program. This interdependent model provides opportunities for residents to maintain their personal health and embrace wellness in all that we do. A fitness class at Ingleside Westminster becomes an opportunity to maintain physical health while engaging socially. Our lecture series, allows residents to delve into their occupational, intellectual and social wellness. With monthly calendars stock full of these opportunities, our communities help residents to meet all NINE dimensions of wellness (yes NINE!).
So, my challenge to you this year is to look at your own life and find ways to reach each of these areas of wellness in your day to day activities. You may be surprised to know that you are already living a life full of wellness by just doing the things you love to do!