You may ask the question "What exactly is wellness"?
Well it is multi-faceted and involves the full seven dimensions of well-being in a complex interaction that leads to a quality life. In an interesting read - Wellness: Guidelines for a Healthy Lifestyle (3rd ed.) by Werner Hoeger, Lori Turner & Brent Hafen, they describe wellness as becoming a matter of self-evaluation and self assessment and placing responsibility on the individual. In other words, you can continually work on learning and making changes that will enhance your state of wellness.
Wellness combines seven dimensions of well-being into a quality way of living. It is the ability to live life to the fullest, to have a zest for life and to maximise personal potential in a variety of ways. The seven dimensions are: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social, Environmental, Occupational and Spiritual.
So what are the signs of wellness?
- Persistent presence of support network
- Chronic positive expectations; tendency to frame events in a constructive way
- Episodic peak experiences
- Sense of spiritual involvement
- Increased sensitivity
- Tendency to adapt to changing conditions
- Rapid response and recovery of adrenaline system as a result of repeated challenges
- Appetite for physical activity
- Tendency to identify and communicate feelings
- Repeated episodes of gratitude, generosity or related emotions
- Compulsions to contribute to society
- Persistent sense of humour
The ten qualities of wellness:
- Deeply committed to a cause outside oneself
- Physically able to do whatever one wants with intensity and great energy; seldom sick
- Caring and loving; a person one can lean on in a crisis
- In tune with the spiritual, having a clear sense of purpose and direction
- Intellectually sharp, able to handle information, possessing an ever-curious mind and a good sense of humour
- Well organised and able to accomplish plenty of work
- Able to live in and enjoy the present rather than focusing on the past or looking toward the future
- Comfortable with experiencing the full range of human emotions
- Accepting ones limitations, handicaps and mistakes
- Able and willing to take charge of one's life, to practice positive self-care, and to be assertive when necessary.
So there you have it. Some of the key aspects of wellness as explained by Werner Hoeger, Lori Turner & Brent Hafen.
At Global Innovative Coaching we delve into the seven dimensions of wellness and work with you to both build your awareness of the importance of each area and develop the skills necessary to create a quality way of living. Our Executive Coaching Package is designed to ensure you are living with optimal well-being and maximising your personal potential in all areas of wellness.