According to Dictionary.com wellness is defined as:
- the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the he result of deliberate effort.
- an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and pro-longing life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
On the other hand, wellbeing is defined by Dictionary.com as:
“a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare”.
The British dictionary defines it this way: “the condition of being contented, healthy, or successful; welfare.”
So you can see that wellness and wellbeing are two different concepts. When we think of the term “wellness” it is evident that this word has become closely associated over the past several decades with disease management and medical interventions. You are either well or you are sick.
Wellbeing, however, implies a totally new concept – that of the whole-person approach. This approach takes into consideration that all aspects or dimensions of a person’s life are connected, from mind-body connection to relationships, financial issues, and work-life balance.
What are these dimension that make up a whole-person approach? According to a model developed by Dr. John Travis, a “whole-person” approach consists of the following 12 dimensions that can be managed and improved:
- Self Responsibility and Love
- Playing & Working
- Finding Meaning
You can see from this model that you, as a whole person, aren’t limited to just diet and exercise or meditation. “Whole-person wellbeing is understanding, tracking, and balancing all of life’s dimensions – everything you think, feel and do – for your optimal health and vitality.” wellpeople.com
Everything is connected. For example, “What you think and feel affects your eating. Your relationships, exercise level, and eating habits affect how you manage stress. How you find meaning in life affects your personal and professional relationships as well as your attitudes and choices for health and wellness. Our physical and emotional wellbeing impacts our energy, learning, focus, motivation, time management, communication, as well as personal and professional relationships in addition to our waistlines.” wellpeople.com
A whole-person approach requires a holistic program not limited to a diet adjustment or more exercise. These are important factors but only part of your whole-person picture. During the past two decades, developments in biology, neurology, and psychology have clearly demonstrated the mind-body connection and proven that our total wellbeing must incorporate all dimensions of our lives. “What we think and understand impacts our behavior, and that determines our choices. Our physical and emotional wellbeing impacts our energy, learning, focus, motivation, time management, communication, as well as personal and professional relationships in addition to our waistlines.” wellpeople.com
There are many online health and wellness apps available to help manage our health and wellbeing. An online tool that I have found to be very helpful in helping me balance and manage the 12 dimensions is The Wellness Inventory. This innovative tool “empowers participants to learn and understand how and why they make choices. People can develop more clarity about their specific personal responsibility for all processes in their personal and professional lives.
This results in support for an individual to more deeply explore and more clearly define personal needs, and then more accurately develop actions with realistic steps.” wellpeople.com
The Wellness Inventory program helps participants “personally identify and drive their behavior change based on their immediate motivations. When a person owns their change, rather than following orders, that person is far more likely to be successful.” wellpeople.com The Wellness Inventory fosters creating wellbeing which means “continuing toward higher levels of health and optimal living with ongoing awareness and action. “ wellpeople.com
Are you ready to balance all of life’s dimensions for your optimal health and wellbeing?
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