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Know Your Wellness Wheel
Wellness is broken down into six major categories, as demonstrated by the Wellness Wheel:
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
- Finding applications for material learned in the classroom
- Staying current with world affairs/news
- Exposing yourself to new experiences (e.g. arts, theater)
Environmental Wellness: the positive perception of the environment that one works and lives in.
- Finding satisfaction and worth in your work
- Ensuring your work environment and relationships are comfortable
- 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