The 8 Pillars of Holistic Wellness — What It Truly Means to Be Well

When your kale mango smoothie infused with turmeric and plant-based protein simply isn’t enough

Alexandra Piedoux
11 min readAug 15, 2018


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Wellness is the ultimate state of wholeness that can be achieved by a human being. It is the physical, mental, spiritual, and practical utopia of the human experience.

Wellness. Conjures up a myriad of mental images ranging from green smoothies topped with fruit slices to platters full of hearty whole-wheat bread speckled with oats, bran, and flax seed and smeared with avocado. Mmmm… Can’t you taste the insoluble fiber and monounsaturated fats regulating your bowels?

Such vivid visuals are typically accompanied by an attractive female laughing heartily while her wavy, honey-colored hair billows in the wind and her half-eaten whole wheat wrap remains beautifully intact, basil leaves and all, despite the windstorm blowing her hair around. What a captivating sight. Wellness. This is what wellness looks like, say the advertisements for health stores, whole foods, vitamin supplements, exercise programs, and health coaching services alike.

What a beautiful picture it paints. While these primped-up marketing tactics aren’t entirely deceptive, they often instill in our impressionable minds a preoccupation with nutrition and exercise. While both proper nutrition and adequate levels of exercise are crucial components of wellness — they are merely two of the eight pillars that comprise the collective entity of holistic wellness.

So let’s dive right in! What are the eight pillars of holistic wellness?

1) Physical Wellness

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Our first pillar relates to the aspects of wellness that are most often associated with health and longevity — those intrinsic to the fitness and performance of the human body, namely physical exercise and proper nutrition. Physical wellness is comprised of several smaller components, such as body mass index (BMI), cholesterol and glucose levels, blood pressure, functioning of organ systems, including the skeletal…



Alexandra Piedoux

Exploring science communication at the intersection of environment and mental health, dabbling in mindfulness ☀️ Instagram: @apiedoux 🌱