Pathways to Wellness

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What is wellness?

Wellness is about what we do every day where we live, learn, work, and play to feel good and function well.

  Wellness is a positive state of feeling good and functioning well that enables people to achieve their full potential, enjoy quality of life, and contribute positively to their community.

Wellness begins in the family with parents who provide safe, nurturing, loving environments, brothers, sisters, and cousins who share with each other and play fair, and grandparents who pass on family history, traditions, and wisdom.

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Wellness grows in communities that are safe and inclusive, and provide cultural, sport and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Communities which promote wellness encourage open debate and ensure that people have a voice in decisions that matter to them.

Wellness includes curiosity and life-long learning that begins in the home, and is nurtured in schools, workplaces and the community at large.

Wellness is supported when there are employment opportunities for all, and jobs are safe, rewarding, and pay a fair wage.

Wellness is about eating healthy foods, being physically active, and avoiding tobacco and the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs.

Wellness is about being able to handle life’s ups and downs, finding meaning, and living our values – love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, responsibility, harmony, and concern for others.

And most importantly, wellness is about the relationships we nurture with family, friends, co-workers, neighbours and others.

Ideally activities which promote wellness are part of our everyday life, allowing us to live fully and meaningfully while bringing out the best in all of us.

Woman Walking her dog on bridge photoWellness is about finding balance – by taking care of our own needs and desires, but also by supporting and caring for others. It’s about making sure we have downtime and spend our time with people and activities that matter most.  

Illness, changes to our work, and even falling in love can throw us off-balance. At different times in our lives, some aspects of wellness will be more important than others.

For example, a person who is dying may be failing physically, but experience spiritual and emotional wellness.

It’s important to pay attention to all aspects of well-being, not just our physical health.  

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