Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind especially as the result of a deliberate effort. The World Health Organization defines wellness as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Holism is a way of thinking that takes into account that something cannot exist independently of the whole, so holistic wellness considers the entire scope and range of our being, physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental and overall quality of life.
Holistic wellness encourages and supports the development of wellness within and throughout all of these areas of life.
Physical wellness refers to the wellness of the physical human body. It includes the ability to perform daily tasks at peak levels, maintaining a healthy weight, general fitness, controlling stress, choosing a healthy diet and exercise program, quality sleep and in general, respecting and taking care of your body.
Mental wellness refers to the wellness of the mind and our mental abilities and includes, developing a way of thinking that promotes mental wellness, positive thinking, utilizing creativity, having a strong curiosity and a desire to learn, and maintaining optimal focus, concentration and memory.
Emotional wellness refers to our feelings and mood, and involves the development of more positive emotional responses, seeking greater degrees of happiness and inner peace, compassion for self and others, and the ability to identify and appropriately express feelings. Emotional wellness also entails the ability to remain centered, seeking self-awareness and mastering emotions, instead of them controlling you.
Wellness of the spirit refers to when our actions, thoughts, and emotions are in a state of balance and entails cultivating a mindset and way of life that promotes peace, harmony, and balanced development in all areas of life and self.
Learning to stay in the moment, mindfulness, practicing gratitude and learning and appreciating who you really are key components of spiritual wellness.
Wellness in quality of life refers to the level of complete balance and satisfaction in your overall life and making the necessary improvements to avoid feeling oppressed, suppressed and depressed.
Social wellness refers to human connections that facilitate a sense of belonging with other humans and basing relationships on commitment, trust, honesty, and respect.
Environmental wellness refers to the wellness of the planet and your role in it. Having respect for nature and taking part in socially responsible activities to protect the environment are two key elements of environmental wellness. Protecting yourself from environmental hazards is another.
Financial wellness refers to the management of finances. Financial worry is one of the greatest contributors to stress on a societal level. Learning to successfully manage expenses, taking time to plan and budget, striving when possible to improve monetary situations and accepting your financial limitations and living within your means are key in attaining financial wellness.
Occupational wellness refers to career and job satisfaction, a balance between work, home, and play managing workplace stress, and forming healthy relationships with co-workers.
Consider all these dimensions on your journey to ultimate wellness to create a more balanced and well you!