Wellness is a state of well-being and process that applies to the “whole person.” Human beings aren’t one-dimensional, our lives comprise many facets, including:

  1. Social: family and social support and cohesion
  2. Physical: physical vitality, active lifestyle practices, structured exercise. Nutritional: diet and food choices, healthy weight
  3. Environmental: living conditions and physical surroundings from immediate to global
  4. Medical and dental: screening, prevention, adherence, good choices
  5. Spiritual: core values, identity, and purpose
  6. Emotional: mental state, coping and problem-solving skills, stress management, decision making
  7. Occupational: activities in which we engage, interests, skills, performance, satisfaction,
  8. Financial: planning and saving, cash and credit management, risk management
We encourage you to examine each  different dimensions of wellness and recognize that they are interconnected. No dimension stands alone. Each dimension is related to others in different ways and to different degrees. A change in one dimension will likely affect other domains. This means that if you make a positive change in one domain, you may experience a positive effect in another without even making an effort. For example, if you take just a couple of deep breaths after you arrive home after work, you may find that helps you make the transition from work to home more smoothly. That’s because a little deep breathing helps calm and centre you. Once you enter your home, you may find yourself a little patient with family members or friends, or perhaps you’ll discover you’re a little more able to make healthy food choices for dinner. Little actions lead to big rewards.

Wellness includes a balance of healthy habits, rest, good nutrition adequate sleep, exercise and connections with friends and family that support you.