Wellness is the best possible state of health for individuals and communities (World Health Organisation). Focussing on wellness allows people to discover their own sense of wellbeing. It also allows them to fulfil their role within their family, community and workplace. A wellness approach nurtures and sustains health and wellbeing. It does this by considering the whole person in the context of their daily life.Wellness highlight image

What do we mean by 'wellness' and 'wellbeing'?

Wellness is a mindset and a way to support healthy, independent living and improve community wellbeing. It builds on people’s strengths and their potential to be healthy. Even with frailty, chronic illness or disability, people have the desire and capacity to improve their physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
Wellbeing is all the things people need to lead a good life, such as the physical, mental and social things that affect peoples’ lives. The Eight Dimensions of Wellness (see information box below) are all important in the pursuit of a good life.  A person can reach the best possible level of health by understanding how to maintain and improve each of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.

Why is wellness important in healthcare?

A focus on wellness can guide how services better respond to people’s needs. Find out more about how to do this in the Priority area “People are empowered to improve their health and wellbeing” (link)

What Matters' to Tasmanians to Improve Health and Wellbeing

When Tasmanians were asked what they needed to have a good life, they replied saying:

  • A place to call home
  • Feeling safe
  • Social connection
  • A healthy mind and body
  • Ways of getting around
  • Enough money to pay the bills and put food on the table
  • A good education including life skills
  • A strong, caring community
  • A helping hand
  • Relationship skills
  • Protected green spaces
  • Having a say
  • Whole-of-life thinking

Source: TasCOSS "the Good Life'

Eight Dimensions of Wellness

EmotionalBuilding an understanding of the importance of self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength.
EnvironmentalInspiring a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings promoting interaction with nature and our personal environment.
FinancialLearning how to successfully manage financial expenses.
IntellectualParticipating in creative and mentally stimulating activities developed through scholastic, cultural and community activities and personal hobbies.
OccupationalEnjoying work and appreciating personal contributions.
PhysicalMaintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed.  Overall physical wellness encourages the balance of physical activity, nutrition and mental well-being while nurturing personal responsibility for our own health.
SocialBuilding healthy, nurturing, supportive and intimate relationships as well as fostering a genuine connection with those around us.
SpiritualDeveloping values that help seek meaning and purpose.  Spirituality can be represented through various factors including faith, values, ethics and morals.

Adapted from:  https://cpr.bu.edu/living-well/eight-dimensions-of-wellness/