Wellness is a way of life; it involves cultivating all parts of your being and integrating them to become whole.
Wellness is a multidimensional concept that encompasses more than the mere absence of disease. Healthy lifestyle choices contribute to one’s overall wellness but these choices may prove to be challenging for some people. There are other factors that impact the ability to have complete wellness.
As a Wellness Facilitator, I can help you identify the factors that are preventing you from achieving optimal wellness and help you start your journey to wellness. I provide some services that could be helpful for you and, for those I cannot provide, I will provide referrals. My services include fitness classes (Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Zumba toning, core strength and stretch), fitness assessments, personal training, Reiki sessions, Reiki classes, Guided Imagery and Meditation, general wellness counseling, and Brain Gym.
My mission is to enhance wellness by inspiring others to discover their ability to bring positive change to themselves and the world around them. My approach to wellness integrates 8 dimensions of wellness. I can assist you by assessing your current state of wellness, helping you set personal wellness goals and facilitating achievement of those goals.
Dimensions of Wellness 1
Physical Wellness is what most of us think about when considering overall health. This dimension focuses on the body. In order to have an optimal level of physical wellness you need to participate in behaviors that enhance, support and maintain your body and prevent the onset of disease. Some of these include consuming healthy and whole foods, getting regular physical activity, limiting consumption of alcohol, sleeping eight hours per night, avoiding tobacco and drug use, taking safety precautions, and getting regular medical checkups.
Environmental Wellness includes the quality of the environment in which we live. It involves understanding the reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment; how the environment impacts you and how you impact the environment. Access to clean air and water, fresh whole and naturally-grown foods, and safe home, work and play environments, are among the quality components needed. We are responsible for ensuring the quality of our environment.
Occupational Wellness exists when we learn to balance our career with our life. It includes the ability to use your gifts and talents in order to gain fulfillment in your career. Your chosen career is enjoyable, adds meaning to your life, is in line with your values, and allows you to contribute to the success of your organization. You want to wake up in the morning and go to work.
Intellectual Wellness is the realization that the more you learn the less you know; that the universe is filled with infinite wisdom that can be applied to everyday life. It includes curiosity and openness to new ideas and information and looking at life with wonderment, as a child would.
Spiritual Wellness implies an understanding of the interconnection between all living things, the realization that we all have a purpose in this life. All living beings must work in harmony to create a world where we can live in peace and work toward common goals while respecting our differences. Ask yourself “why am I here?”, “what is my purpose?”. Those who are on a spiritual path understand their relationship with the universe around them, that they are connected to others in ways that are seen and unseen, and that there is a force (energetic and intuitive) that links us to one another. This includes tolerance for others’ beliefs and traditions and an understanding that compassion is at the root of spirituality.
Emotional Wellness incorporates the ability to understand your own and other’s feeling and be able to express those feeling appropriately. Feelings of love, happiness, hope, excitement, anger, sadness, anxiety, stress are all part of human existence. Sharing these feelings and acting on them in a productive and non-harmful way contribute to positive emotional wellness.
Social Wellness involves the ability to relate to others including family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. It is important to celebrate diversity among those we meet and treat others with compassion. It includes brief smiles acknowledging a person’s existence, a “thank you” for a service, a long conversation with a friend, making eye contact, an appropriate greeting – a handshake or a hug. Social wellness is the ability to accept and provide social support in a meaningful and appropriate way. This is about trust, respect, helpfulness, kindness, and dependability.
Mental Wellness is the ability to make rational choices. The person who is mentally well has positive sense of self-worth, feels that they have a “handle” on life, are capable of coping with and solving problems, and are willing to seek help when they can’t “handle it alone”. This dimension overlaps with several other dimensions creating reciprocal relationships with these dimensions. Among these are the ability to handle emotions in a positive way, access to the intellectual information and skills to make informed decisions, and a network of people and resources to provide social support.
1 These definitions were synthesized from the following websites: