What is Wellness?
According to the Miriam-Webster dictions, “wellness” is defined as:
“the quality or state of being in good health, especially as an actively sought goal <lifestyles that promote wellness>”
It sounds simple enough, yet many people struggle to achieve it.
There are many pieces to a wellness lifestyle. It’s not just about eating right, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body. There are six pieces to the wellness model, involving the mind, body, and soul. At a high level, these pieces are defined as:
Spiritual Wellness – Finding meaning in life.
Physical Wellness – Keeping the healthy and free from disease.
Emotional Wellness – Recognizing, accepting, and expressing our feelings.
Social Wellness – Relating to the people around us. Friends, family and community.
Intellectual Wellness – Continuing to learn and being open to new ideas.
Occupational Wellness – Being happy with your contribution to the world.
Ignoring any of these areas causes life to be out of balance, resulting in stress and unhappiness. A well life is one with balance.