Do you want to achieve wellness? But what is “wellness”?
“Wellness” is more than a buzzword or slogan. More than ever before, we hear about in the news, on billboards and even at work. So what are people really talking about?
What is wellness?
Wellness is a state of optimal well-being wherein you strive to maximise your individual potential. Your life-long journey to wellness focuses on enhancing the multiple dimensions of your life, including:
- Physical wellness
Each of these six dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to your quality of life.
The path to wellness is balance in your health and life!
The six areas of wellness focus fall into two broader categories: mental and physical wellness. This is critical to note, as often our mental or emotional component is overlooked in favour of focussing solely on issues such as physical fitness and chronic disease risk factors.
To achieve a state of wellness or try to guide others to it, you must look at each of the dimensions. You may not be physically fit or free from disease; however, you can strive for increased wellness by working with what you’ve got.
1. Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in your world.
2. Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand yourself and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner.
3. Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in your life. Spirituality allows you to have consistency between your values and behaviours.
4. Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize your own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds you. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of your environment, be it your home, community or planet.
5. Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfilment from your job or your chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in your life.
6. Intellectual Wellness is using your mind to create a greater understanding of yourself and the universe.
7. Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows you to get through your daily activities without undue fatigue, sleep problems or physical stress.
Give yourself permission to make wellness your priority!
Be careful not to prioritise one dimension of your wellness over another as this may have a negative impact in other areas of your health and wellbeing.
Situations such as prioritising your career over your family life may lead to the later imbalance or unhappiness. As you reach better wellness, you’ll note improvements in one or more dimensions of your health will often have a positive effect in your remaining dimensions.
Need more information about how you can achieve wellness?
Chat with Kris, our Wellness Specialist, to discuss your concerns today. Check the SleepHub FAQs or take our Sleep Wellness Quiz for a free assessment of elements that may be keeping you from your optimal well-being. Click through to the Quiz.