What Do We Mean When We Talk About Wellness?

At Sunnyside we talk about “Wellness” a lot because it is a concept that is at the heart of our approach and enables us to support our patients.

Wellness does not mean you have to be free of all stress and medical conditions. Wellness is about embracing YOUR life AS it unfolds, learning the difference between what you can change and what you cannot and focusing your energy wisely. Wellness is a lifestyle.

It is our goal to support you to achieve mental health, but for us “mental health” is not only the absence of mental illness, but it is also about feeling positive and enthusiastic about yourself and your own abilities. It is about becoming someone who can successfully cope with the normal stresses of life, who can work productively and make a contribution to your family and community.

Our team at Sunnyside will support you to achieve “wellness” by giving you the skills and knowledge to:

  • Know and understand yourself better.
  • Become aware of the choices you have made in the past and how your choices impacted your life.
  • Learn more about your illness, and/or the crises or traumas that you experienced and the challenges that come with that.
  • Understand what choices you have to make in future and how to make these wisely.
  • Learn the ability to accept where you are and to adjust your attitude, beliefs, life roles and goals to experience meaning and purpose in your life.
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Wellness is about being able to live a life where you want to take responsibility and where you have control over the choices you make. Wellness will give you the opportunity to not merely survive every day but to thrive despite your circumstances.

Mental Wellness Has Eight Dimensions

8 Dimensions of Wellness
  1. Emotional
    Coping effectively with life and having satisfying relationships.
  2. Physical
    Recognising the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep.
  3. Social
    To develop connection, belonging and a support system.
  4. Occupational
    To experience personal satisfaction and enrichment from your work.
  5. Financial
    To be satisfied with your current and future financial situation.
  6. Environmental
    To be able to create or find pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.
  7. Spiritual
    To have a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
  8. Intellectual
    To recognise your abilities and to find ways to grow your knowledge and skills.