There are various dimensions of wellness (health), which are not confined to the physical, health, and nutrition aspects. Wellness entails the full combination of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. The dimensions of health are represented by a model that describes physical, social, emotional, and intellectual dimensions, among other dimensions (Hjelm iii). This paper explains these dimensions in relation to the self.
Physical health/wellness entails one’s ability to live and maintain a healthy life that is vital for the accomplishment of daily tasks without physical stress/fatigue. To achieve the physical wellness, one needs to monitor the eating habits, nutrition, and exercises taken. Good nutrition ensures better health, and physical health also entails getting sufficient amount of sleep and avoiding harmful substances like alcohol and smoking, and checking other conditions that may render the body unfit. Optimal physical wellness therefore entails embracing healthy habits and avoiding destructive habits. Intellectual wellness, on the other hand, concerns our mind and emotions. The intellectual dimension of health means that the mind is flexible to accommodate other ideas and experiences that can help when making personal, group, or social decisions and interactions. The desire of an individual to learn new concepts and be innovative to improve skills and embrace learning challenges leads to intellectual wellness.
Social health entails the contribution of an individual towards the environment and the community. It emphasizes on the relationship between individuals and nature. This being the case, it is vital for an individual to think about others when making decisions so as to avoid conflict. Occupational conflict entails the enrichment of an individual’s life by working while maintaining life’s balance. A person’s decision to contribute and make a constructive impact on the social sphere and organizations leads to the dimension of occupational wellness. Environmental wellness is about recognizing our responsibility for the environment in terms of the quality of air, water, and land around us by impacting it positively. Spiritual health helps in the establishment of peace and harmony in our lives. It helps individuals to develop congruency and the realization of a common purpose that unites all created life in welfare.
As indicated, intellectual health pertains to the cognitive capability to develop skills and knowledge that promotes or enhances life. Through the stimulation of intellectual capability, I will be able to become a creative person and improve personal decision making skills. At the same time, I will be able to set achievable goals and explore every opportunity that arises during the semester open-mindedly. With intellectual wellness, I will be able to understand my expectations towards others, thereby creating a positive outlook in all circumstances. Nurturing the correct intellectual wellness will be useful in approaching situations intelligently, thereby achieving a higher sense of understanding and moral reasoning.
Being a student, I will focus on the intellectual health this semester, as I focus on learning. To ensure that my intellectual wellness/health is enhanced, I plan to undertake various strategies that include reading extensively to advance my intellectual capacity with relevant and current educational materials. At the same time, I intend to improve my skills and seek to overcome those challenges that impede my pursuit of a lifelong learning objective. In this, I will be open to new ideas and experiences by interacting with groups and individual research. Getting involved in cultural and intellectual activities will also be important in order to explore my creativity, innovation, and problem solving capabilities. The strategies will help me to grow intellectually through keeping up and finding new ideas.
Hjelm, John. The Dimensions of Health: Conceptual Models. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett, 2010. Internet resource.