Our well-being is multidimensional and can be broken down into 5 areas: physical, social, emotional, mental, and academic. Achieving well-being requires us to strive for balance between each of these areas. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to well-being. Our day-to-day practices and habits for well-being will change and adapt as we learn, practice, and tweak due to our life circumstances and experiences.
Before we can thrive and be our best selves, there are a series of needs that must be met. Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a framework that stacks our needs in a specific order. The hierarchy is displayed as a pyramid with 5 levels, where the most basic needs—the physiological need for food and shelter—form the base, followed by the need for safety, the need to belong or be loved, the need for self-esteem and achievement, and at the top, the need for self-actualization and fulfillment. Our basic and safety needs must be met before we can fill our higher-level needs and perform to our full potential.