What is wellness? The answer is subjective. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines it as “Wellness is being in good physical and mental health.” (2017)
SAMHSA shares the concept of wellness consisting of eight dimensions that make up one’s physical and mental health. Because all eight dimensions are linked to each other, challenges in one area can affect another, causing discrepancy in our balance.
It is important to remember that wellness does not mean that one is free from illness or stress, but that one is continuously attending to all areas regardless of feeling their best or their worst.
- Emotional— Being attuned to one’s emotions , whether they are pleasant or unpleasant, and being able to cope with life.
- Environmental—Having awareness of our environment and incorporating pleasant, stimulating environments that are congruent to well-being. Some might even say that this area includes the level if awareness to nature and caring for the environment.
- Financial—Satisfaction with financial situations. This includes budgeting and healthy spending habits.
- Intellectual—Continuously reflecting on the need to nourish the mind with new information and ways to expand knowledge and skills.
- Occupational—Satisfaction and enrichment from one’s employment, volunteer work, or other daily roles.
- Physical—Reflecting and engaging in physical activity, consummations of healthy foods, and sleep.
- Social—Making efforts to increase a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. This can consist of family, friends, or other positive models in daily life.
- Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life, either through religion, mindfulness practices, and other forms of existentialism.
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