The Wellness Wheel

The idea of the wellness wheel came about after a Skype session with Dr Denise Quinlan organised by our Lead Principal, Julie Saikkonen. Sometimes, we need little interactive activities to remind us to take care of ourselves. Staff rooms are busy places with teachers meeting in the morning and then rushing off to get on with their planning and classes for the day. This happens day in and day out. Here is one idea on how you could make well-being in the workplace more visible.

Step 1. Decide what dimensions and how many you would like on the wheel

Step 2. Find images to represent the dimensions

Step 3. Cut out the wheel and design on the Laser printer

Step 4. Have a spinning mechanism for the wheel

Step 5. Make a stand or platform for the wheel

Step 6. Introduce it to staff

Wellness Wheel Spin to a dimension of wellbeing you can consciously focus on for the day!

EMOTIONAL – Have a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong sense of self, and the ability to recognize and share a wide range of feelings with others in a constructive way.

SPIRITUAL – Find meaning in life events, demonstrate individual purpose, and live a life that reflects your values and beliefs.

SOCIAL – Build personal relationships with others, deal with conflict appropriately, and connect to a positive social network.

PHYSICAL – Take care of your body for optimal health and functioning.

OCCUPATIONAL – Seek to have a career that is interesting, enjoyable, meaningful, and that contributes to the larger society.

INTELLECTUAL – Be open to new ideas, be creative, think critically, and seek out new challenges.

FINANCIAL – Live within your means and learn to manage your finances for the short and long term.

ENVIRONMENTAL – Be aware of the interactions between the environment, community and yourself and believe in ways that care for each of these responsibly.

These are the images, I used for reference –

Wellness wheel

Wheel design – Photo courtesy:

Wellness wheel notes

8 Dimensions of Wellbeing – Photo Courtesy: UNH Health and Wellness

wellness wheel 3D

Wellness Wheel


You could also use the Wellness Wheel Activities for students and adults available on

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