In order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, it is essential that an individual is actively making positive choices to improve their health and quality of life. Although, we know that being physically active and eating healthy is critical for a healthy lifestyle, there are other factors which contribute to an individual’s overall well-being. This is known as wellness, or being in a state of optimal physical, emotional and social well-being. It is important to understand that wellness is not a short-term solution, however a lifestyle an individual must adopt. There are in fact eight dimensions of wellness:
By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Define the eight dimensions of wellness
2. Demonstrate how you as an individual can improve your personal wellness.
3. Explain the strategies on how to build new habits
4. Apply the different wellness strategies throughout your daily life.