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Wellness is the active approach towards achieving optimal well-being. This process strives to improve an individual’s potential by becoming aware and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. It is not just about being free from illness, but it is a continuous and dynamic process of change and growth. Maintaining wellness is crucial in reaching a higher quality of life, specifically by subduing stress, reducing the risk of illness, and ensuring positive interactions.

Elements of Wellness and Examples

Emotional: The awareness and acceptance of feelings and emotions.

  • Relationships with friends and family
  • Balancing work and family
  • Laughing and crying
  • Adequate sleeping patterns
  • Personal contact

Environmental: The recognition of interdependence with nature.

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Adopting leave-no-trace methods
  • Spend time outside

Intellectual: The openness to new concepts and ideas.

  • Finding things to read and learn for fun
  • Adopting a new hobby
  • Traveling
  • Adequate sleeping patterns
  • Seeking self-help information

Occupational: The ability to enjoy a chosen career and/or contribute to society through volunteer activities.

  • Continuing education
  • Volunteering
  • Workplace safety
  • Satisfying career/profession

Physical: The maintenance of a healthy body through good nutrition, regular exercise, and avoidance of harmful habits.

  • Fitness and exercise
  • Personal hygiene
  • Know your numbers: cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure
  • Good nutrition
  • Regular medical/dental exams

Social: The ability to perform social roles effectively, comfortably, and without harming others.

  • Establish and maintain personal friendships
  • Community involvement
  • Attending social settings
  • Group fitness classes

Spiritual: The meaning and purpose of human existence.

  • Meditation; prayer
  • Religious affiliation
  • Take notice of the little things
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