Posted on October 16th, 2009 by by



 Wellness is defined by Merriam Webster as “a state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal” (  We often only consider physical health when deciding whether or not someone is “well.”  Eating nutritiously and exercising are necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but they make up just a part of total wellness.  Wellness has several components, and it is often depicted as a wheel with several spokes.  The  wellness wheel depicted at the right has seven spokes: physical, mental, spiritual, career, social, family, and financial.  If areas of the one’s wellness are under developed or neglected, the “wheel” will be off balance.  Wellness is when there is a degree of balance among the areas.  What one considers “optimal wellness” is based on their needs, experiences, and circumstances.  As we go through life’s challenges and joys, the different aspects of wellness will fall in and out of balance and may need more attention than other areas