Wellness: An active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
— National Wellness Institute (NWI)
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I like the NWI definition of wellness. However, how does that translate to our day-to-day lives? As a wellness coach I have thought a lot about what wellness means. For me personally, wellness is having the freedom to do what I want without any physical or mental barriers holding me back. It is not about obtaining a perfect body or a perfect diet. Wellness is having a body that allows me to do the activities I want to do and the mindset to feel content and peaceful.

Bill Hettler, the co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), developed the Six Dimensions of Wellness to include emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, physical and social being.

NWI believes that addressing all six dimensions in our lives builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment and by applying the Six Dimensional Model, a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living.

Many Wellness Coaches use the basis of the Six Dimensions, or a similar breakdown, such as, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) “Primary Foods Wheel” as a way to address the non-food aspects of wellness with clients. According to IIN, Primary Foods are experiences in life that can fulfill us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The level to which we can add these positive experiences determines how satisfying and rewarding our lives feel.

As your Wellness Coach, I apply these philosophies to create a holistic approach to reaching peak physical and mental wellbeing. Being aware of how NWI’s Six Dimensions or IIN’s Primary Foods affects your mindset and how you approach nutrition is a major key to working towards greater wellness.

I am very excited to introduce you to ways to improve your WELLNESS by helping you Shape Your Mind for Life!