6 Dimensions of Wellness

Ontario Family Matters subscribes to the theory and importance of the 6 Dimensions of Wellness and has designed services to address the whole individual.

This theory was developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute.

Everyone has “wellness potential” and maximizing each and every one of the six dimensions of wellness helps to fulfill that potential and should be what all of us strive to do. What exactly are the six dimensions of wellness?

1. Intellectual Wellness

encompasses the use of cognitive exercises and processes to not only maintain but improve mental functions.

2. Physical Wellness

centers on exercising the body and maintaining or improving functional capacity.

3. Emotional Wellness

based on the acceptance of one’s emotions and feelings, as well as the ability to handle stressful situations.

4. Vocational Wellness

covers a wide range of productivity issues, from maintaining one’s physical abilities to do basic skills such as writing, to continuing to participate in previously enjoyed hobbies.

5. Spiritual Wellness

involves the desire to explore life issues and meanings. Bible study, church services and chaplain visits may be included.

6. Social Wellness

requires an ability to relate in a healthy, productive way to other people, whether one-on-one or in a group setting.

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