8 Dimensions of Wellness
A traditional definition of wellness as defined by Oxford Languages is "The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal." Wellness could often be thought of as physical, emotional, or mental health; however, our health and wellbeing, is influenced by so much more. The Faculty and Staff Wellness Committee recogiznes eight dimensions of wellness: Physical, Psychological, Intellectual, Environmental, Occupational, Social, Financial, and Spiritual.
Of these eight dimensions, it is natural for some dimensions to be more important in your life than others and everyones routines and values are different. For example, some people exercise regularly, may be more social than others, recycle, or love reading books. Furthermore, your level of wellness within each dimension changes over time, especially during life events. We will all go through highs and lows, so during times of uncertainty look at the bright side, remain hopeful, and adapt.
Environmental- is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us.
Financial- is the ability to maintain a balanced budget with current and future financial situations.
Intellectual- is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment.
Occupational- is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives.
Physical- is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
Psychological- is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring.
Social- is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world.
Spiritual- is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives.