Wellness encompasses a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit with the overall result of well-being. Wellness usually comes from a deliberate effort to maintain a proper diet, exercise regularly, and practice positive habits. In healthcare circles, wellness focuses on preventing illness and prolonging life, so as to minimizing time, effort and resources spent on treating diseases. To achieve a state of wellness a person must become aware of and actively make choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
Wellness, then, is not just the absence of illness, but rather a dynamic process directed to achieving one’s full potential through change and growth. The dimensions of wellness are the different interrelated facets of our lives that we must try to optimize for overall growth and progress.
Dimensions of Wellness
• Intellectual Wellness – achieved through and benefits from purposeful engagement in academic, cultural, creative and social activities. It entails open-mindedness born out of curiosity, when encountering new ideas. It also relates to a willingness to continue expanding and applying your knowledge.
• Emotional wellness – giving consideration to relaxation, stress reduction, self-care and the development of inner resources. Understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress help you learn and grow from new experiences.
• Physical Wellness – enables you to make it through the day’s routines free from undue tiredness or physical stress. It encompasses maintaining a healthy body, being aware of the signs of illness, getting care when needed and avoiding self-destructive habits. A healthy body requires exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep.
• Financial Wellness – entails understanding how to successfully manage your expenses. Financial stress is often a source of stress, anxiety and fear since money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts general health.
• Social Wellness – allows you to effectively and comfortably connect with other people in your world. It deals with how you relate to others, (family and otherwise) and preform social roles. It facilitates the formation of a support network that encourages healthy relationships with peers and romantic partners.
• Spiritual Wellness – speaks to the development of a set of values that aid the pursuit of meaning and purpose in life. Your spirituality may be expressed through relaxation or religion and strives for inner harmony and harmony with others.
- Occupational Wellness – seeks personal fulfillment from a job or chosen career fields. It engenders making a positive impact on the organizations you work in and society.
If we want to live a higher quality life we must strive for attaining and maintaining an optimal level of wellness. This level of wellness is a cause and result of all that we do, our interactions and our emotions.