Health Assessing

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Many individuals think of health as being solely the absence of physical disease. Health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of complete mental, physical, and social well-being. Wellness is a prolonged scheme of health inclusive of aspects determined by age, genetics, and simply issues beyond one's control. Regardless of factors determining one's health status, it is up to the individual to optimize his or her own health with the use of interrelated dimensions of wellness. "Wellness in any dimension is not a static goal but a dynamic process of change and growth" that may be developed in order to achieve overall wellness (Insel & Roth, 2008). The content of this paper will address three dimensions of health that appear to be the strongest amongst myself and why, one dimension that needs improvement and why it is important to address at this time, personal choices to make and habits to change to improve my own health in the domain identified as needing improvement, and what I hope to gain from the health course in which will assist me in leading a more healthy lifestyle.

There are six interactive dimensions of wellness that continually influence one another. Six dimensions of wellness identified by the course text include physical wellness, emotional wellness, intellectual wellness, spiritual wellness, interpersonal and social wellness, and environmental or planetary wellness. Personally, I find it possible to improve and make better choices amongst each dimension. Of the six stated dimensions, three of which would appear to be my strongest are emotional wellness, intellectual wellness, and spiritual wellness.

Emotional wellness includes qualities and aspects of optimism, trust, self-esteem, satisfying relationships, and the ability to share feelings (Insel & Roth, 2008). I find that I am emotionally well as being aware of and accepting a range...