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Wellness Wheel

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.

Wellness is:

  • 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

Emotional Wellness

The ability to cope effectively and express a wide variety of feelings in an appropriate manner.

Resources for Emotional Wellness:

Environmental Wellness

The ability to appreciate and be responsible towards one's surroundings, nature, and community.

Resources for Environmental Wellness:

Financial Wellness

Growing skills to manage finances confidently.

Resources for Financial Wellness:

Physical Wellness

Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy nutrition, sleep, and rest.

Resources for Physical Wellness:

Professional Wellness

Engaging in work that is meaningful, enjoyable, and aligns with personal values.

Resources for Professional Wellness:

Sexual Wellness

The ability to make informed, healthy, and respectful decisions regarding our sexuality and sexual behavior.

Resources for Sexual Wellness:

Social Wellness

Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.

Resources for Social Wellness:

Spiritual Wellness

Exploring and expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Resources for Spiritual Wellness: