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ENG 225: African American Literature - Gray

Aspects of Wellness

The wellness framework laid out by Dr. Margaret Swarbrick (Rutgers University) in her 2006 article "A Wellness Approach" offers a practical way to examine one’s well-being. Swarbrick’s personal story of healing is particularly inspiring as she attributes her current professional status as being grounded through her pursuit of higher education at a community college.


Margaret Swarbrick's wellness model

The image above and the definitions of the aspects of wellness below are drawn from Dr. Swarbrick's wellness model as described in "Mapping Mental Health: Dr. Swarbrick & The Eight Wellness Dimensions.".

Social Wellness

Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.     two people hugging   

Financial Wellness

Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.                       a sprout growing from a jar of coins   

Spiritual Wellness

Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.                          a woman meditating   

Physical Wellness

Recognizing the need for physical activity, diet, sleep, and nutrition.              two women exercising   

Environmental Wellness

Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.      a mountain landscape