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What is Wellness?

Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind.  It is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. We believe that Wellness is more than just how much you weigh or how far you can run and have designed a broad and holistic  Wellness Program to help our staff along their individual wellness journeys.  The aim of the program is to have a positive effect on the wellness of our of staff through the promotion of each of the 7 dimensions of Wellness.  These pages provide a summary of each dimension including links to useful information, activities and on and off-campus services available to Curtin staff.

Physical Wellness

Physical wellness means living responsibly and  taking care of your body, and recognising that our daily habits and behaviours have a significant impact on our overall health, wellness and quality of life.  Physical Wellness can reduce risk of preventable chronic disease and incorporates physical activity and healthy eating as well as maintenance of healthy sleep habits, limiting of drugs and alcohol, and regular health screening.

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness usually refers to your general psychological wellbeing. In particular, the ability to understand yourself and cope with challenges in life.  Emotional wellness impacts every part of one’s wellbeing; physical, spiritual and intellectual. Being emotionally well most often involves an awareness of how our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected, both positively and negatively.

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness is often referred to as the degree to which our personal values, beliefs, principals, morals and/or religious beliefs provide a purpose for, and operate in a state of harmony, in our lives. Just as everyone’s core values and beliefs are different, so too are people’s views on what constitutes spirituality or spiritual wellness.

Social Wellness

Social wellness is the positive effect people have on your mental and physical well-being. It is based on the positive relationships with family, friends and colleagues, how well you interact with your community, and how your network of relationships supports your quality of life.  As you progress on the path of social wellness you will notice the importance of your involvement with your community, take an active role in promoting a healthier environment, and experience positive interactions with those around you.

Environmental Wellness

Leading an environmentally conscious lifestyle which is respectful of our surroundings can have a significant effect on how well we feel. It only takes a moment to pause and consider how we feel in our environments, and how those environments may be influencing our mental, physical and emotional health.

Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure time, addressing workplace stress and building relationships with co-workers. It focuses on our search for a calling and involves exploring various career options and finding where you fit.

Intellectual Wellness 

Intellectual wellness involves embracing creativity and mental stimulation to stretch and challenge our minds. A desire to learn, improve and seek out challenges in the pursuit of lifelong learning is important for maintaining our intellectual wellness.