The wellness wheel is comprised of 7 elements – physical, social, occupational, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and environmental. Each element effects your wellbeing. When you perceive that each element is balanced you’re at optimal wellbeing.
Physical Wellness: Your perception and expectation of physical health, which includes physical activity/exercise, nutrition, preventive care, getting regular check-ups, drinking alcohol responsibly, and avoiding tobacco and illicit drugs.
Social Wellness: Your perception of having support from family, friends, co-workers, faculty, and staff in times of need and providing valued support to others.
Occupational Wellness: Your outlook on your career.
Intellectual Wellness: The perception of being internally energized by an optimal amount of intellectually stimulating activity.
Emotional Wellness: Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative. Emotional Wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.
Spiritual Wellness: Your perception of meaning and purpose in life. Includes your values, religious and spiritual practice if desired, being open to different religions and cultures, volunteering, and taking time to personally reflect.
Environmental Wellness: The perception of the environment that you work and live in. It includes being aware of the earth’s natural resources and their respective limits, living a life accountable to the environmental needs, and realizing the effects of our daily habits on the world around us.
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