What is Wellness?
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.
Why does Wellness Matter?
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely critical to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.
What is the Wellness Wheel?
There are seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with another and each is equally important in the pursuit of maximum health. One can reach a maximum level of wellness by understanding how to maintain and optimize each of the dimensions of wellness.
Take the Wellness Self-Assessment to find out! Note: You must provide a valid email address to receive your assessment scores.
This assessment tool will help you identify the dimensions of wellness in which you are excelling at and the ones that may need improvement. Once you take the assessment and learn your results, re-visit this web page to take advantage of the dimension specific local community resources that can help improve your wellness.
Complete this assessment regularly to see how your wellness changes over time with the improvements you’ve implemented!
Improve Your Wellness
Learn about each dimension of wellness and related community resources to help you improve your overall wellness:
- Emotional (Mental) Wellness
- Environmental Wellness
- Intellectual Wellness
- Occupational Wellness
- Physical Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Spiritual Wellness
The Wellness Self-Assessment is a tool intended for individual level self-assessment, it is not a scientific questionnaire used for diagnostic purposes. It will help you become more aware of your current level of wellness and what changes, if any, you might want to make. Special thanks to Marilyn Campbell, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Master of Public Health practicum student, for gathering local resources for each dimension.