Wellness as a concept has been around since the early 2000s, when it was launched almost as a backlash to what was considered a soulless fitness industry. Where fitness promoted certain clothes, certain activities, certain clubs, certain foods and supplements etc; wellness spoke of inner harmony and of finding a balance in your life.
In short, wellness is the realisation of our true potential, something that goes hand in hand with the Swedishness we want to promote. To live healthier, happier and more successful lives has been a central theme in Scandinavia since the Viking times. But of course, the definition of those concepts may have varied over the years.
Six Wellness dimensions
Today, we talk about the different dimensions of wellness, even though different there seems to be a slight disagreement about how dimensions there are. We would argue that there are six dimensions of wellness, as most of the dimensions that some sites mention are really the same ones. Or different aspects of the same dimensions.
As wellness really is about developing a sense of awareness of our health, you could say that the different dimension are concerned with the different aspects of our lives that impact our overall health. A simple classification of the wellness dimensions would be: physical, mental, spiritual, social, lifestyle and environmental wellness. Between these six levels, we are all trying to find a balance and some level of overall health that can help us get through our daily struggles.
What can be considered wellness for me, might not be wellness for you. We are all different, and we all have different needs at different times. But sometimes, we also need to understand that we cannot always expect our lives to be optimal. Sometimes, it makes sense that your level of health will be, or even has to be, lower within certain dimensions.
In the next few steps, we will take a closer look at your wellness through a short wellness assessment. We will also talk more about the six wellness dimensions and what, exactly, our 12-week challenge could offer you.