Well-being is the state of happiness and optimal wellness. It is multi-dimensional. Most models of wellness include at least six dimensions (and sometimes up to 9 or 12). ZENT Mind encompasses mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental.
- Physical: Nourishing a healthy body through exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc.
- Mental: Engaging the world through learning, problem-solving, creativity, etc.
- Emotional: Being aware of, accepting and expressing our feelings, and understanding the feelings of others.
- Spiritual: Searching for meaning and higher purpose in human existence.
- Social: Connecting and engaging with others and our communities in meaningful ways.
- Environmental: Fostering positive interrelationships between planetary health and human actions, choices and wellbeing.
The Global Wellness Institute defines mental wellness as an internal resource that helps us think, feel, connect and function; it is an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow and flourish.
Mental wellness is an active process that requires initiative and conscious action; and an internal experience that encompasses multiple dimensions:
- mental (how we process, understand and use information);
- emotional (how we manage and express our feelings);
- social (how we connect with others); and
- psychological (how we function or “put the pieces together” to make decisions or do things).
How To Improve Mental Wellness
According to the Global Wellness Institute, there are four main pathways:
- activity and creativity,
- growth and nourishment,
- rest and rejuvenation, and
- connection and meaning
Each of these has mind-body and internal-external dimensions (see figure below). Together, they represent a menu of options for pursuing mental wellness; there is no set path, and people can choose the strategies and activities that are the most important or effective for them.
ZENT strives to provide as much help and as many resources as we can to the community for better mental health, such as self-guided journals, self-help resources, guided meditation, aromachology, and sleep aids.