WHAT IS WELLNESS?
Wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented towards maximizing personal potential. This is a life-long process of enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational and environmental health. Optimal wellness assists us in achieving our goals, participating in satisfying relationships, and finding meaning and purpose in our life. This is accomplished by the effective integration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contribute to a sense of balance and wholeness.
THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
PHYSICAL WELLNESS is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. A healthy body is maintained by good nutrition, regular exercise, maintaining proper weight, avoiding harmful habits, and making informed and responsible decisions about health.
INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS is a state of mind that is engaged in active interaction with the world that surrounds you. Intellectual wellness involves unbridled curiosity and on-going learning. It includes the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions and community betterment.
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS is the ability to understand your own feelings, accept your limitations, achieve emotional equilibrium and become comfortable with the entire spectrum of your emotions. Emotional wellness implies the ability to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances, stress management, and the ability to enjoy life despite its challenges, disappointments and frustrations.
SOCIAL WELLNESS is the ability to relate well to others, both within and outside the family. Social wellness endows us with the ease and confidence to be outgoing, friendly, compassionate and affectionate towards others. It involves not only concern for the individual, but also an interest in community and the environment as a whole.
SPIRITUAL WELLNESS implies a search for meaning and purpose in human existence leading one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself, others and all living things. It includes the ability to develop congruency between personal values and actions.
OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS is the ability to gain personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work. It includes making use of your gifts, talents and skills in order to make a societal contribution and gain meaning and purpose through fulfilling work endeavors.
ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS is the personal choice to attempt to create a healthy physical environment that supports wellness and wellbeing. The quality of your environment has a direct impact on all bodily systems including reproductive health. To establish environmental wellness, it requires enjoyable work conditions, avoidance of harsh toxic chemicals and healthy relationships just to name a few.