The Whole 5
In the past, “being healthy” has typically been regarded as proper diet/nutrition, exercise/physical activity, and adequate rest/sleep. Little emphasis, if any, had been placed on mental, spiritual, emotional and social health. By excluding these crucial components of an individual’s health we have neglected to consider the whole person. When looking at health and wellness from this perspective we clearly see that being healthy and well involves more than exercise, eating right and getting enough sleep. Health research, scientists, clinicians and policy makers are finally recognizing the importance of embracing the whole person in contributing to a healthy and happy life. The “Whole 5” represents the mental, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional aspects of the whole person. Each module is interconnected and affects the other playing an integral role in promoting a good quality of life and sense of wellbeing. Since we are unique from one another in our make-up it is not uncommon to gravitate towards one or two modules and less towards the others. While this is certainly natural, the true challenge is to incorporate the others into your life as well.