The 7 Dimensions of Wellness

© Simon Fraser University 2014

What is wellness?

Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of your choices and making decisions that will help you to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Everyone's optimal wellness will be different, depending on your own needs, experiences, personality, and circumstances. Different aspects will fall in and out of balance as you make your way through life—however, we can try our best to maintain a balance.

Many factors can influence your health and well-being. There are 7 different interacting dimensions of wellness. However, it is important to note that the Indigenous Medicine Wheel originally depicted the interactions of the physical, emotional, mental/intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life.

As a student, it can be hard to stay balanced. Check out our Student Wellness Guide for tips and strategies for achieving and maintaining balance across all the important dimensions of your life.