Nine Dimensions of Wellness

9 dimensions of wellness imageWellness and wellbeing mean different things to different people. In fact, if you ask people to define wellness you will probably receive a variety of answers. The World Health Organization defines health as, "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Wellness goes beyond physical health to include an individual’s ability to identify and achieve goals, satisfy needs, and the ability to change and cope with the demands of our environment. Wellness is a connection point encompassing many elements that we refer to as “Dimensions of Wellness”.

Wellness is a dynamic concept created to ascertain the conditions that allow humans to flourish. The nine dimensions we focus on in the University of Waterloo Engineering Wellness program are:


Wellness can be seen as a balancing act between the demands and challenges from our environment and our resources, or capacity, to deal with those challenges.

resources, wellbeing, demands/challenges

When the demands and challenges that we are facing become more cumbersome than our resources, skills, or capacity to cope with them, our wellness begins to suffer.

Interested in knowing more about wellness?

Looking to enhance your knowledge about wellness? Below are some resources both on and off campus, as well as general information related to wellbeing.

*Please note: Any resources displayed on this page are not comprehensive and do not indicate an endorsement by the ENGWellness Program. You should always do your own research before using any resource. By accessing any of the resources on this page, you understand that the ENGWellness Program is not liable for any actions or the actions of representatives of services on this list. The listed resources, while helpful, are not a replacement for professional support.

On campus resources

Campus Wellness

Wellness Resources Database

Wellness Collaborative

Okanagan Charter

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Campus Wellness Blog

Campus Well Student Health 101 Blog

The Big List of Self-Care and Distraction Activities

Orientation to Wellness (video)

Off-campus resources

Health Promoting Campuses

Community of Wellbeing Framework (Conference Board of Canada)

Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (Harvard University)

General information

PERMA Theory of Wellbeing

Flourishing

Yukon Wellness

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