Recovery & Facets of Wellness

Updated: Aug 9, 2018



What is recovery?

Recovery is focused on reducing symptoms limiting daily activities and maintaining a healthy quality life experience. Facets of a healthy quality of life include:

  • Social Wellness

  • Occupational or Financial Wellness

  • Intellectual Wellness

  • Environmental Wellness

  • Spiritual Wellness

  • Physical Wellness

  • Emotional Wellness

The path of recovery looks different for everyone and tends to be a life-long journey with common challenges like stigma, side effects, and maintaining self-esteem. Mental health professionals often educate patients and manage psychological disorders with prescription medication, psychotherapy, and various treatments aimed at reducing harm and maximizing the potential to live a full life. While mental health professionals may focus on shorter treatment goals, patients are often connected to community-based resources and peer-support groups to manage on a long-term basis. Access to supportive services and screenings before a crisis reduce the lapse of time between recognition of symptoms and treatment. Examining aspects of wellness is a good way to take personal responsibility for life balance while recognizing changes in care needs.


Facets of Wellness

Wellness is an ongoing process by which people become aware of and make choices toward a more successful existence. The seven facets of wellness is a whole-person examination helping affirm and mobilize positive strengths toward defining maximum potential at any point in the recovery journey. The process is self-directed and properly defines mental health as part of a persons’ lifestyle versus a primary existence. In other word, individuals can be seen as a person versus a diagnosis. Let us take a closer look at each facet:






Spiritual Wellness is the process of seeking and understanding beliefs, values, and ethics that help guide life and give it purpose or meaning. This process can be guided by religious beliefs, meditation, or guided imagery, but it includes an appreciation of human existence and expanse of life in the universe. Realizing a common purpose and exploring the ability to establish personal peace and harmony can be an important part to overall wellbeing.


Intellectual Wellness is the exploration of information while remaining engaged in lifelong learning and management of mental health. This facet examines your knack for problem solving and exploring the environment through books, current events, and personal interests. A healthy balance is encouraged as not to create unnecessary stress or anxiety. Taking in excessive or false information about self and others has the potential to do more harm than good.


Emotional Wellness involves stress management and recognizing a need for support. Communicating feelings is pertinent to improving and stabilizing overall health. Articulating emotions and building esteem help with understanding personal challenges and responses to those challenges.


Physical Wellness promotes movement of the body, balanced nutritional diets, and other preventative measures targeted at both physical and mental health. Recognizing and avoiding habits like excessive tobacco, drug, and alcohol use as a treatment or management plan helps fatigue and physical stress. Identifying food and activity contributing to deterioration of personal health is a benefit because environments and family histories vary.


Social Wellness is a focus on connections with others around us. Support circles come in all shapes and colors with meaningful relationships that promote an exchange of respect and support. While personal space is needed, balance includes safe virtual and face-to-face networks as primary and secondary support systems


Environmental Wellness implicates a personal responsibility to global awareness, but care of personal environments to promote good health as well. External validation often dictates the internal view of self. A healthy environment includes mirrors in the community and the freedom to interact with your environment.


Occupational wellness evaluates satisfaction with paid or unpaid work and determines rewards that enrich the life experience. Creating healthy financial environments to support living within established means and planning for future financial health contributes to positive attitudes about work and personal finances.


Self-evaluation based on aspects of wellness support a whole person approach effectively detecting imbalance and aspects contributing to the deterioration of mental health early-on. PGPS hosts peer-support groups encouraging individual exploration while to assist with identifying aspects requiring attention to increase and maintain life balance. Inquire about joining the mailing list, Facebook group, or face-to-face meetings.