At Seattle University, we strive to educate the whole person... To that end, at Wellness and Health Promotion, we see health and wellness holistically... Which means that there is more to being healthy than eating right and exercising!
Wellness is a framework that can be used in many ways to help us organize, understand, and balance our own growth and development. Everything we do, every decision we make, every thought we think, and every attitude and belief we hold fits into this framework made up of five basic concepts.
Physical Wellness encourages regular physical activities, proper nutrition and health care, such as exercise or sports, and personal hygiene. This type of physical activity discourages dependence on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs (prescription or street).
Emotional Wellness is having the ability to acknowledge and accept a wide range of feelings in oneself as well as in others. It is being able to freely express and manage one's own feelings to develop positive self-esteem in order to arrive at personal decisions based upon the integration of one's attitudes and behaviors.
Spiritual Wellness is the willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence; being open to diverse multi-cultural beliefs and backgrounds. Being spiritually sound enables one to seek out the perfect harmony between that, which lies within one's own spirit as well as with outside forces that coexist.
Intellectual Wellness is the strong desire to learn from challenges and experiences. It encourages ongoing intellectual growth, and creative yet stimulating mental activities which provide the foundation to discover, process, and evaluate information.
Social Wellness involves developing friendships, healthy sexual behaviors, the ability to interact comfortably with others and generally works for harmony in personal and community environments.
Here is a link to an online assessment that can help you get your wellness wheel in balance! And don't forget to get a team together for this year's Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge.