8 Dimensions of Wellness: Our wellness begins by looking at where it isn't
Definition of Wellness
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness. It is a dynamic process of change and growth.
“…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
– The World Health Organization
“a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.”
– The National Wellness Institute
Why Wellness Matters
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters, because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.
There are eight Dimensions of Wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension is interconnected. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health. One can reach an optimal level by understanding how to maintain and optimize each of the dimensions.