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The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

Physical Wellness: A healthy body maintained by good nutrition, regular exercise, the avoidance of harmful habits, informed and responsible decisions about health, and medical assistance when necessary. Physical wellness requires a well-balanced diet, plenty of physical activity and exercise, proper weight maintenance, sleep, avoidance of risky sexual behavior, limited exposure to environmental contaminants, and restricted intake of harmful substances.

Intellectual Wellness: A state in which your mind is engaged in lively interaction with the world around you. Intellectual wellness involves unbridled curiosity and ongoing learning. This dimension of wellness implies that you can apply the things you have learned and create opportunities to learn more. You engage your mind in lively interaction with the world around you.

Emotional Wellness: The ability to understand your own feelings, accept your limitations, achieve emotional stability, and become comfortable with your emotions. Emotional wellness relates to the ability to express emotions appropriately, adjust to change, cope with stress in a healthy way, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.

Social Wellness: The ability to relate well to others, both within and outside the family unit. Social wellness gives us the ease and confidence to be outgoing, friendly, and affectionate toward others. Social wellness involves not only a concern for the individual, but also an interest in humanity and the environment.

Spiritual Wellness: The sense that life is meaningful and has a purpose; the ethics, values, and morals that guide us and give meaning and direction to life. Spiritual wellness implies a search for meaning and purpose in human existence, leading you to strive for a state of harmony while working to balance your inner needs with the rest of the world.

Occupational Wellness: Preparing and making use of your gifts, skills and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a satisfying and rewarding lifestyle. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is strongly related to your attitude about your work.

Environmental Wellness: The capability to live in a clean and safe environment that is not detrimental to health. The quality of our environment has a direct effect on personal wellness. To enjoy environmental wellness we require clean air, pure water, quality food, adequate shelter, satisfactory work conditions, personal safety, and healthy relationships.

(NDSU, 2015)

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