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To know the true importance of wellness, it is important to first understand how it is related to overall health. In general, all of us have some level of health problems that we will face at various points in our lives. Whether they are common or rare, these challenges are a part of the natural cycle of health. However, when health problems are not properly dealt with or attended to early enough, these can quickly translate into more complex and serious health issues later in life.
There are two basic dimensions of health that include both mind and body: physical dimensions involve your body and mental dimensions include your mind. When wellness includes both of these dimensions, we are in an optimal state of wellness. But what are the different dimensions of wellness?
Most people identify two dimensions of wellness: psychological and physical. While there is some debate as to which dimension is the most important, psychologists agree that psychologically healthy individuals tend to have healthy self-directed attitudes toward life and their ability to manage their emotions, while physically healthy individuals live their lives in a healthy state of mind. Self-directed individuals also tend to be goal-oriented and disciplined. Overall, self-directed individuals have higher self-esteem and better self-directed behavior.
Whereas psychologically healthy people are very good at managing their emotions and improving their self-directed behavior, physically healthy people live primarily in the here and now. They may be goal-oriented, but they lack the discipline necessary for achieving this goal. A third dimension of wellness is a combination of both the psychological and physical dimensions. Health maintenance is the cardinal characteristic of this third dimension of wellness. Health maintenance includes maintaining a proper weight, exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, quitting smoking, and getting routine medical checkups. Technically, health maintenance encompasses all the aspects of good health, but it is important to note that this definition excludes preventive care and simple disability.
The fourth dimension of wellness is veterinary wellness and for many is as important as our own personal health as it takes care of our pets, that at the same time are, a very important emotional and psychological part of our everyday life. Like psychologists and physicians, veterinarians are concerned with their “pet patients” mental and physical well-being. Like physicians, veterinarians are concerned with preventing disease, maintaining the health of animals, and ensuring the quality of pet food. Like physicians, veterinarians are involved in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders and conditions that affect animals. Veterinary wellness therefore encompasses not only disease prevention and management, but also quality animal nutrition, exercise, and social well-being.
The fifth dimension of wellness is personal growth and development. This dimension considers the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of an individual. It includes aspects such as social well-being, self-confidence, assertiveness, and resilience. People who are healthy in this dimension have balanced emotions and are generally optimistic in their outlook on life. People who are lacking in personal growth and development are generally pessimistic in their outlook and have low self-confidence.
Franco defines itself as a person trapped in a sedentary lifestyle, however, he is an avid fitness “addict” and like, many more in his environment spends vast parts of his leisure time on a gym, running, cycling.