Wellness is an active process—it is becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than not being sick, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. According to The World Health Organization, it is:

“a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Wellness is absolutely critical to living a high quality, awesome life. Everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to and centers around our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness as a means to reduce stress, the risk of illness and to ensure positive interactions.

There are eight dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated and equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health. Understanding how to maintain and optimize each of the dimensions of wellness is one way you can help ensure you are living life to its fullest. Here’s a short video by Paxton/Patterson College & Career Ready Labs (an organization that prepares students for postsecondary success) that explain the eight dimensions of wellness:

People who are successful at making lifestyle changes take time to write out specific goals and a plan of action—they have a strategy! Having a personal wellness strategy is important because, not to sound dramatic, your life (or at least the quality of it) depends on it.

What are your wellness goals for 2019? Have questions about goal setting for all things wellness? Need support? Reach out for tips and advice!


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