Synthesize, in about 250 words, an overview of what you have learned from the course with regard to health and wellness. How do the various aspects of wellness influence one another? How do different disciplines approach the study of wellness with respect to the individual and society?
How are you going to implement what you have learned in this course and used in your presentation in your own life (work, church, school, etc.)?
The IDS-402 Wellness course has taught me a good deal about wellness, but the most interesting aspect of wellness for me was how it differed from health. I learned that health is a state of complete well-being, including physical, psychological, spiritual, social, intellectual, and environmental dimensions of health and not merely the absence of disease, infirmity, and symptoms (Hales, 2013). While wellness is a set of deliberate and desirable lifestyle choice characterized by personal responsibility and optimal enhancement of physical, mental, and spiritual health that apply to the domains of a person’s life, such as financial situations, personal relationships, and physical health (Prilleltensky, 2013).
The second most interesting aspect of wellness that I learned about was the eight dimensions of wellness. I found it fascinating how the dimensions all seemed to be intertwined and how having a low level of one of the dimensions of wellness could affect all of the other dimensions negatively as well. I also learned about how different disciplines have different views towards how wellness is evaluated and viewed. For example, a psychological perspective would involve evaluating the mental health of the individual. A health psychologist might use the biopsychosocial model to evaluate a person wellness based on the “biological, psychological, and social factors are all involved in any given state of health or illness” (Taylor, 2015, p. 316). Lastly, a sociologist might evaluate a person’s wellness based on their place in society, how society influences the individual, and how the individual had influence society.
I plan to implement the knowledge that I have gained in IDS-402 Wellness in both my personal and professional life. On a personal level, I plan to use the knowledge of the wellness model developed by Healer, which states that the occupational and spiritual dimensions are directly related to the meaning and purpose of a person’s life to work on making my life more balanced (Opatz, 1986). I plan to work on incorporating a balance of the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, occupational, and spiritual dimensions into my life in order to improve my level of wellness. In my professional life I plan to use my new knowledge of wellness to help my autistic students cope more effectively with their autism by working to improve their levels of wellness.
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