The Wellness Wheel represents a person's life and total wellbeing. Each wedge represents one element of your life (the dimensions of wellness). Using The Wellness Wheel is an easy way to self-reflect and evaluate what impacts your overall wellness.
- The practice of actively making choices that encourage us to reduce stress, replenish our self-care resources, and maintain or improve our long-term health.
- Multidimensional; each wedge represents a different component of health and well-being: emotional, environmental, financial, professional, physical, sexual, social, and spiritual.
- Positive and self-affirming.
What should you know about wellness?
- Wellness does not require any magic lotions, potions, or pills. Keep wellness simple. Commit to basic practices, day in and day out.
- Wellness is not one size fits all. What works for you will not work for someone else and vice versa. WNE recognizes we live in a multicultural world, and not all solutions are universal.
- Drugs and alcohol are not a healthy part of wellness. Substance use can negatively affect your mood, motivation, self-perception, and sense of wellbeing.
- Wellness can be compromised by lack of support, trauma, unhelpful thinking styles, chronic illness/disability, and substance use.
Why does wellness matter?
Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our wellbeing. In turn, our wellbeing directly affects our behaviors and emotions. WNE encourages our students and community to work toward a balanced Wellness Wheel to reduce stress and the risk of illness and ensure a healthier and harmonious life.
How balanced is your wellness?
Are you balanced in one dimension and depleted in another? Download the WNE Wellness Guide and take The WNE Wellness Assessment to reflect on your current wellness and self-care practices, identify areas for improvement, and generate ideas for new self-care activities you never knew you needed.
The 8 Dimensions of the Wellness Wheel
The ability to cope effectively and express a wide variety of feelings in an appropriate manner.
Resources for Emotional Wellness: