Wellness is a holistic way of life which focuses on
finding the right balance for each individual.
Health Education promotes seven (7) interrelated dimensions of wellness to encourage students to take responsibility for their own health and be the best person they can be.
These dimensions include:
Emotional — Your emotional wellness reflects the ability to understand and deal with your feelings.
- Examples of optimal Emotional Wellness:
- • Trust
- • Self-esteem
- • Understand and accept one's feelings
- • Ability to share feelings with others
Environmental — Your environmental wellness is defined by the livability of your surroundings.
- Examples of optimal Environmental Wellness:
- • Recycling whenever possible
- • Reducing pollution and waste
- • Maintaining sustainable development
Intellectual — Your intellectual (or mental) wellness reflects those who enjoy constantly challenging their minds.
- Examples of optimal Intellectual Wellness:
- • Openness to new ideas
- • Creativity
- • Lifelong learning
Occupational — Your occupational wellness reflects the personal fulfillment from our chosen career fields while maintaining a positive work-life balance.
- Examples of optimal Occupational Wellness:
- • Pursuing a career path that will complement your personal goals and values
- • Having satisfaction and worth in your career
- • Having the opportunity to make a positive impact
Physical — Your physical wellness reflects the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life and your ability to care for yourself.
- Examples of optimal Physical Wellness:
- • Healthy eating and regular physical activity
- • Avoiding harmful habits
- • Practicing safer sex
- • Getting regular health checkups
Social — Your social wellness reflects the ability to develop and maintain satisfying and supportive relationships.
- Examples of optimal Social Wellness:
- • Developing good communication skills
- • Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships
- • Participating in and contributing to your community and to society
Spiritual — Your spiritual wellness reflects a set of guiding beliefs, principals, or values that give meaning and purpose to your life.
- Examples of optimal Spiritual Wellness:
- • Having compassion for others
- • Sense of meaning and purpose
- • Sense of belonging to something greater than oneself
- • Time for reflection and relaxation
Source: Insel, P.M., Roth W.T. (2010). Core Concepts in Health. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.