Are You Healthy in Six Dimensions?

    Friday, July 27 2012

    When I was a kid there was a TV show called The Twilight Zone. Do you remember it?

    It was freaky science fiction about a dimension of time and space different from the one we live in day to day, but existing simultaneously.

    In considering  your whole health, there are six recognized and simultaneous dimensions that make up the complete picture.  They are Intellectual, Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Emotional, Occupational and Social.*

    Consider each of these for yourself.  Draw a pie with six slices and write in each dimension. As you read the paragraphs below, score your fulfillment or satisfaction for each area on a scale of 1 to 10.


    Do you feel creatively and mentally challenged? Are you continually seeking to expand your knowledge and skills? An intellectually well person uses available resources to expand knowledge, improve skills, and to increase the potential for sharing with others.


    Do you have an appreciation for the meaning of life and the expanse of nature? Are you at peace with your place in the universe? Do you have a set of beliefs and values that give purpose to your life? Spiritual wellness involves developing a strong sense of personal values and ethics.


    Do you get enough exercise? Eat a balanced diet? Do you practice safe driving and medical self-care? Do you avoid the use of tobacco, drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption? If you take good care of your body, it will repay you with years of good service.


    Do you find your work satisfying? Do you have a balance between your work and leisure time? Do you enjoy new responsibilities and look forward to achieving better results? Your attitudes about your work can greatly affect your job performance and interactions with coworkers. Striving toward occupational wellness will help to give you personal satisfaction and allow you to find enrichment in our life through work.


    How satisfying are your relationships with your spouse, your family, your friends, and associates? Are you active in community affairs? Do you contribute to protecting the environment by conserving and recycling? Social wellness is based on your ability to interact harmoniously with people and the Earth.


    Are you able to recognize and accept your feelings, your strength, and your limitations? Can you manage your emotions and cope with stressful events? Achieving emotional wellness allows you to experience life’s ups and downs with enthusiasm and grace and maintain satisfying relationships with others.


    Where are your strengths and weaknesses?  What might change if you focus on raising the score in your low dimension?  Sometimes to get a change in one area you can get at it by going around instead of through. Let’s say you want to lose weight and change your diet but when you are stressed at work you eat foods that are not so good for you.  Finding strategies to ease work stress will ultimately have an effect on weight loss.  See what I mean?

    Personal Health Coaches work with you to support the important change you identify.  Athletes use coaches to achieve better performance.  See what a month of support can do for you.

    Contact me at  for a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation to see if a Personal Health Coach is right for you.


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