Pathways to Health
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe
What is well-being?
Health and well-being is deeply personal—a dynamic process of change and growth. It is broad and multidimensional. Support your journey with self-discovery, health information and local resources.
Get easy access to a variety of well-being resources and tools from key institutions and organizations — both locally and around the globe. Use these resources to help guide you on your pathway to health.
- Learn more about a holistic approach to well-being, and find self-help resources.
- Discover more about your own well-being through self-assessments and quizzes; set goals, prioritize your well-being and engage in self-care!
- Get connected to a wide range of local community assets that support health and healing.
- Share your journey and get support from trusted allies, advocates and your healthcare professionals.
|Assess your well-being and set goals below in our Six Dimensions of Well-being. A spirit of learning and growing in each of these well-being dimensions is important if we are to feel fulfilled and who as individuals and communities.
A holistic approach; the Snohomish County Health and Well-being monitor confirmed that people view health on several broad dimensions. Twenty-three tested attributes correlated to six key dimensions.
Download our Six Dimensions of Well-Being PDF.
|Find local well-being resources to support you, your family or your community. Learn more with our Self-Help Library and additional resources.
Join us to share your well-being events.
Visit our Get Connected page and find resources at our Snohomish County Resource Hub
Six Dimensions of Well-Being
What do you want to improve? Assess your Overall Well-being and Set Goals – from the University of Minnesota or download our Goal Setting Guide PDF. Scroll below to choose more tailored assessments from the well-being dimensions that most fit your needs or interests.
Meeting basic needs means having enough, being enough and freedom from worry. We need enough money for food, rent or mortgage, healthcare, medical bills and basic expenses of daily living. Research shows that ‘extras’ don’t really contribute to our well-being, unless it is for fun activities and friends, and not more and bigger things. Paralyzing fear or anxiety that we don’t have or are not enough threatens our sense of safety. This affects our ability to be resilient and replenished physically, mentally and emotionally during experiences of extreme stress.
TAKE ASSESSMENT: Money
Be a self-care master. One of the most important things you can do is to make wise decisions that keep you safe and healthy—helping to maintain an independent, productive and social life. A physically healthy person strives to maintain their body in times of sickness and good health. Diet, exercise, sleep and stress have a profound effect on disease conditions and well-being. This includes: hygiene routines, use of substances, tobacco and personal protective gear, following safety guidelines and not taking unnecessary risks, and wise use of healthcare resources such as regular checkups and recommended screening.
Recognizing your own and others’ emotions and responding appropriately makes a difference. It is the ability to cultivate positive thoughts, practice self-compassion and learn to express (in a healthy way) your full range of emotions and consciously choose your responses, including engaging in support systems to help cope. A strong sense of spirituality provides important benefits to health. It is linked with a sense of meaning and purpose which helps guide life decisions, influences behavior, shapes goals, offers a sense of direction and provides comfort during life’s challenges.
Healthy relationships are vital to health. Strong family ties, friendships and partnerships can increase our sense of security, self-esteem, belonging and provide a buffer against stress, anxiety and depression. Our larger social and community networks also provide a sense of connection where people can share their interests and be advocates in their community, which support resilience.
ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENTS: Healthy Relationship | Quiz: Am I A Good Partner | Quiz: How Would You Help a Friend In An Abusive Relationship? | Quiz: Can Abusers Change
Using available resources to develop and create opportunities that contribute to your unique gifts, skills, and talents—contributes to meaning and purpose and helps you remain active and involved throughout life. Including, appreciation and acceptance of the process of change, growth and learning while seeking to improve. A career which is consistent with your personal values, interests, beliefs and balances both work and play contributes greatly to all the dimensions of well-being.
TAKE ASSESSMENT: Life Purpose
Being in nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical well-being—it soothes, restores and connects. People who live near parks and natural areas are more physically active and live longer. These open spaces draw people together and enhance social connections. Well-being also relies on our ability to be stewards of our natural environment—aware of the earth’s natural resources and their respective limits, accountable to environmental needs, both now and in the future.