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Wellness Indicators

What are the dimensions of wellness?

Wellness involves being aware of ourselves as whole people, including a sense of balance and comfort with our bodies, our lives, and our jobs. It is a sense that things are going well for us today, and continue to go well for us tomorrow.

The dimensions of wellness incorporates multiple elements of every day health into one model. Each dimension of wellness can affect our overall quality of life, because wellness directly relates to how long we live and how well we live. Below is a description of each dimension of wellness and the role they play in wellness.


Emotional wellness involves the ability to express feelings, enjoy life, adjust to challenges, and deal with the stress that occurs in life. Some elements of emotional wellness include accepting responsibility for your actions, having the ability to laugh at life and yourself, and learning from your mistakes.


Environmental wellness involves being and feeling physically safe in your surroundings. This includes the places where we live, work, and learn as well as our communities, country, and the entire planet. Some elements of environmental wellness include discarding garbage regularly, conserving energy such as fuel and electricity, and purchasing recycled items when possible.


Financial wellness involves the ability to have financial resources, meet practical needs, as well as control and knowledge about your personal finances. Some elements of financial wellness include paying your bills on time, having a handle on financial status, and having available credit for unexpected life occurrences.


Intellectual wellness involves lifelong learning. This includes an application of the knowledge you gain as well as sharing that knowledge with others. Some elements of intellectual wellness include having an interest in learning new things, participating in creative and stimulating activities, and engaging in intellectual discussions.


Occupational wellness involves participating in activities that provide meaning and purpose in your employment or educational surroundings. Some elements of occupational wellness include being happy in your career path, balancing work and leisure time, and having a job or activity that allows you to contribute your talents.


Physical wellness involves the condition of a healthy body, good physical health habits, good nutrition and exercise, and obtaining appropriate health care. Some elements of physical wellness include exercising regularly, eating fruits and vegetables, wearing a seat belt, and brushing your teeth at least twice a day.


Social wellness involves having healthy relationships with friends, family, the community, and having an interest in the needs of others around you. Some elements of social wellness include having a network of close friends and family, communicating with a variety of people, and showing compassion or empathy when possible


Spiritual wellness involves having meaning and purpose and a sense of balance and peace. Some elements of spiritual wellness include prayer, meditation, or personal reflection as well as understanding other's beliefs and values. There should be a direct relationship between your personal values and your daily actions.


UNO is dedicated to making sure you are a well-rounded and healthy person. Click on the Wellness Events Calendar below to see a list of activities provided to help you with your wellness.

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