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Wellness Wheel

Know Your Wellness Wheel

Wellness is broken down into seven major categories, as demonstrated by the Wellness Wheel:

Physical Social Environmental Emotional Spiritual Intellectual



Physical Wellness: a perception and expectation of physical health.

  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating properly
  • Getting regular physical check-ups
  • Avoiding the use of tobacco or illicit drugs


Spiritual Wellness: a positive perception of meaning and purpose in life.

  • Being open to different cultures and religions
  • Giving your time to volunteer or participate in community service activities
  • Spending time defining personal values and ethics and making decisions that complement them
  • Spending time alone in personal reflection
  • Participating in spiritual activities
  • Participating in activities that protect the environment
  • Caring about the welfare of others and acting out of that care


Social Wellness: a perception of having support available from family, friends, or co-workers in times of need and a perception of being a valued support provider.

  • Being comfortable with and liking yourself as a person
  • Interacting easily with people of different ages, backgrounds, races, lifestyles
  • Contributing time and energy to the community
  • Communicating your feelings
  • Developing friendships
  • Recognizing a need for “fun” time in your life
  • Budgeting and balancing your time to include both responsibilities and relaxation


Emotional Wellness: possession of a secure self-identity and a positive sense of self-regard; also the ability to cope with and/or improve unpleasant mood states.

  • Keeping a positive attitude
  • Being sensitive to your feelings and the feelings of others
  • Learning to cope with stress
  • Being realistic about your expectations and time
  • Taking responsibility for your own behavior
  • Dealing with your personal and financial issues realistically
  • Viewing challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles
  • Functioning independently but knowing when you need to ask for help


Intellectual Wellness: the perception of being internally energized by an optimal amount of intellectually stimulating activity.

  • Learning because you want to – not because you are told to. Doing the work assigned.
  • Learning through varied experiences – reading, writing, sharing and exploration
  • Observing what is around you
  • Listening
  • Finding applications for material learned in the classroom
  • Staying current with world affairs/news
  • Questioning
  • Exposing yourself to new experiences (e.g. arts, theater)


Environmental Wellness: the positive perception of the environment that one works and lives in.

  • Being aware of the natural environment you live in
  • Recognizing opportunities that lead you to new skills
    and acting on those opportunities
  • Working to ensure the stability and longevity of our
    natural resources


Occupational Wellness: your outlook on your work and career

  • Finding satisfaction and worth in your work
  • Ensuring your work environment and relationships are
  • Finding ways to improve at work
    through skill development and active learning
  • Ability to make choices that foster positive attitudes
    toward work and your co-workers will enhance your personal and
    professional satisfaction and promote lifelong learning
  • Requires knowing enough about yourself to choose a
    rewarding and fulfilling occupation consistent with your personal
    interests, values and beliefs