There are many different areas in your life where you may want to attend to well-being. Below are a description of each of these areas with a link to more resources to promote wellness in those areas.
While you consider these areas, you may want to take a moment to assess where you are in your wellness experience. You can start by completing the Well-Being Index! Additional assessment resources can be found at the University of Pennsylvania Authentic Happiness Center’s self-test questionnaire center. Physicians in particular can also try the Stanford Physician Wellness Survey.
Emotional – Maintaining a healthy emotional life is important to overall health. Some ways to stay emotionally healthy are to manage your stress level, stay on top of work, get eight hours of sleep, ask for help, or see a mental health provider.
Intellectual – Intellectual wellness means stay curious and engaged in learning new things. Engage in creative activities. Read for pleasure, be aware of social and political issues, or join an organization that focuses on enhancing intellectual interests.
Physical – Physical wellness involves moving your body (exercise), eating well balanced meals (nutrition), sleeping, managing stress, receiving preventative medical and dental care, and getting regular health screenings.
Social – Social wellness involves having a strong social network that can give you support and guidance when you are stressed or need stress relief. Additionally these relationships can aid in the development of new experiences.
Environmental – Environmental wellness means taking care of your global environment and your personal surroundings. De-cluttering your work space or home, recycling your trash or volunteering to clean up in area near your home, which can improve health for all.
Occupational – Occupational is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while maintaining balance in life.
Financial – Financial wellness is is effectively managing your economic life. This simple concept encompasses many factors, including: Keeping spending within one’s means being financially prepared for emergencies, having access to the information and tool necessary to make good financial decisions, having a plan for the future, and more.
Spiritual – Spiritual wellness is a process of understanding beliefs, values, and ethics that help guide your life. Whatever you preferred approach, spending time asking and exploring your spiritual life can be an important part of your overall well being.
Now that you are familiar with the different facets of the wellness wheel, learn about Balancing Your Wellness Wheel (PDF) Northwest Missouri State University.