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What is Wellness?


What is Wellness?

Wellness is a holistic approach to living an optimally healthy lifestyle. This is accomplished through balancing multiple dimensions of wellness that effect one's overall quality of life. A "well" person strives to advance themselves in each dimension.

8 Dimensions of Wellness:

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Social-  Establishing a sense of connection and belonging through positive interpersonal relationships. Social wellness is creating and maintaining positive relationships and enjoying being with others. It is how we communicate our needs and feelings with others: having support networks, participating and contributing to the community, developing healthy relationships and being able to communicate effectively.

Physical- Striving for regular movement, a nutritious diet, adequate sleep and practicing safe behaviors. This is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get the most out of our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. Physical wellness means living responsibly and taking care of your body, and recognizing that our daily habits and behaviors have a significant impact on our overall health, wellness and quality of life. 

Intellectual- Seeking to expand knowledge, skills and abilities. Intellectual wellness encourages the mind to be creative and critically think as well as motivate oneself to master new skills. An intellectually well person uses the resources available to expand one’s knowledge, improve one’s skills, and create potential for sharing with others. 

Occupational- Engaging in work that is meaningful, enjoyable and aligns with personal values. Occupational Wellness is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time, addressing workplace stress and building relationships with co-workers. The choice of your profession, career ambitions and personal performance are all components of your path's terrain to occupational wellness.

Psychological-Possessing a positive attitude and the ability to identify and express a wide variety of feelings in an appropriate manner. Psychological wellness involves developing awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. This includes the degree to which one feels positive about life as well as the ability to effectively cope with stress.

Financial- Making responsible decisions to live within your means and setting financial goals today that will positively impact your financial future.  A financially well person has an understanding of their financial situation. This involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts health as well as academic performance. 

Spiritual-Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life based on a core set of values and beliefs.  This involves using personal beliefs and values to choose actions and interpret how they view the world. The word “spiritual” refers to that core dimension of you – your innermost self – that provides you with a profound sense of who you are, where you came from, where you’re going and how you might reach your goal.

Environmental-Choosing a lifestyle of committed effort toward sustaining the Earth’s natural environment. Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This dimension encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it An environmentally well person is aware of the limits of the earth's natural resources and understands that all human activity impacts the environment.


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 Last Modified 5/25/18