Welcome to the Wellness Connection
What is Wellness?
- Wellness is a choice... a decision you make to move toward optimal health.
- Wellness is a way of life... a lifestyle you design to achieve your highest potential for well-being.
- Wellness is a process... a developing awareness that there is no end point, but that health and happiness are possible in each moment, here and now.
- Wellness is the integration of the body, mind and spirit... the appreciation that everything you do, and think, and feel, and believe has an impact on your state of health.
- Wellness is the loving acceptance of yourself.
Wellness is a state of being which is different for each individual. Wellness is achieved as each person reaches a healthy balance of a combination of things, including ones physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, intellectual, social and environmental health.
It will look different for each individual as they work to achieve the highest level of wellness that is possible for them in each of these areas. For example, someone could be a marathon runner and have great physical health, yet because they spend so much time training, their relationships are out of balance or perhaps they have no time to grow themselves intellectually. This person may not be totally well.
How can you achieve your highest state of wellness? It is by learning about each of the components of wellness, and growing your personal capabilities and strengths in each of the components to create the balance that is most beneficial to you at this time in your life.
Seven components of wellness
- Emotional wellness – Accepting and manage your feelings, including your ability to understand your limitations, navigate through stressful situations and maintain healthy relationships with others
- Environmental wellness – Having places to live and work that are safe for you both emotionally and physically
- Intellectual wellness – Participating in creative, stimulating, growth-oriented activities. It involves learning new skills, and sharing that knowledge and skills with others
- Occupational wellness – Finding rewarding work, where you can use your special skills and talents to make a positive contribution
- Physical wellness – Managing your physical health on a daily basis
- Social wellness – Contributing to ones environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between others and nature
- Spiritual wellness – Finding meaning and purpose in life, and defining a value system to operate within
Aurora Health Care' seven key components of wellness is based on concepts developed by the National Wellness Institute. Aurora received full permission from the National Wellness Institute to adapt the tenants.