Dimensions of Wellness adapted from University of California, Riverside
Wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These wellness states includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to our own quality of life.
Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness, or stress; hope, love, joy, and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our Emotional Wellness.
Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends, and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.
Financial Wellness is our ability to understand and apply principles of financial management to decisions that affect our overall, long-term financial health. The ability to make financial choices that create financial independence and maintain a quality of life relatively free from financial worries and stressors contributes to our Financial 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. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine checkups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to Physical Wellness.
Occupational Wellness is the ability to gain personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers, to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in, and to society as a whole leads to Occupational Wellness.
Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction, and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills, and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.
Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that us together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.
Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water, and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities, or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellness.