Environmental wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. Also being in nature helps us reflect on our thoughts and feelings, it gives us a break from the hustle of everyday life and it helps us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. Have you spent time in nature lately? Do you care about the environment around you? Do you try to live sustainably? Do you care about protecting the natural resources, and eliminating pollutants and excessive waste?
Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. OSocializing with friends, exploring the world, and meeting new people can actually make you richer from the inside out. Do you go out of your way to make and establish new friendships? Do you ever do anything to give back to the community? Do you feel like you have a strong sense of connection to the world?
Occupational wellness involves the suitability of our work to our interests, skills, and values, and the fulfillment we gain from our professions. But it does not end there, it also includes life roles (such as being a mother]. Do you feel like you are being the best version of yourself? Are you executing all your skills? Does you job match your values? Do you imagine you could be doing more in life?
Intellectual wellness involves a commitment to lifelong learning. Do you remember the last time you read a book? Do you make time to explore new hobbies or learn new skills? Are you open to new concepts and experiences? Do you seek out challenging and mentally stimulating situations?
Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. Who you are today, is different from who you were yesterday and who you will be tomorrow. Learning how to cope effectively with life could be the balance your missing. Do you feel emotionally balanced? Are you aware of and able to manage your emotions? Do you struggle to maintain a positive outlook on life? Do you let your emotions consume you?
Physical wellness involves implementing regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, and rejuvenating our bodies through rest and sleep—all things that protect us from chronic diseases and improve our quality of life. Do you feel healthy? Do you struggle with your body image or weight? Do you feel like you have lost control of the way you look? Do you have a hard time managing what you eat? Do you feel like you lack motivation to get moving?
Spiritual Wellness can mean many different things to different people in different ways. Your “spirit” usually refers to your inner self, the part of you that enables you to make meaning of your world, the events in your life, and the purpose you fulfill. Do you ever feel without directions? Do you struggle to understand what your purpose in life is and wonder what it all means?