Creating a healthy, thriving life is no small challenge. There are endless variables in constant motion that shape our day-to-day existence. To achieve and maintain truly sustainable well-being, we need to keep in mind these five crucial aspects of life: Career, social, financial, physical and community.

These core categories are important because they help to frame other components of our lives, notably emotional and spiritual well-being.

1. Career Well-being
Some resist being defined by their employment, but it is an inevitable identity marker that reveals how you use your skills. Your career takes up a major portion of how you spend your time. If you’re satisfied with your job, it can boost your well-being significantly. Unfortunately, research has found 40% of workers consider their job stressful. Finding contentment and a sense of purpose at work, then, is key.

2. Social Well-being
This component of wellness is all about personal connections. People in the social sphere include family and friends, as well as romantic relationships. Even if you like time alone, social interaction is vital, particularly for emotional and mental health. Just ask Tom Hanks’ stranded character in Cast Away.

3. Financial Well-being
Money has been called a root of evil, but it’s essential for survival in the modern world. Although dealing with finances can be frustrating, life with monetary stability means that the second greatest stressor (after job pressure) is under control. Among its many benefits, financial steadiness supports emotional wellness by creating feelings of comfort and security.

4. Physical Well-being
“If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.” It’s a point that hit home playfully in the movie The Princess Bride, and it’s also resoundingly true. Sickness and pain can cloud appreciation of all other aspects of life. Being fit also means you have the energy to do what you want to do, like hike up a mountain or snorkel on a clear, blue coastline.

5. Community Well-being
Similar to social wellness, community well-being means interacting with those in your area or within your areas of interest, even if they aren’t family or close friends. By becoming involved in communities, you strengthen your connection to place and like-minded people. If you give to your community in some way, you develop a strong sense of belonging, helping you feel rooted.

Tending consistently to all five aspects of wellness is no easy feat, but if you can regularly keep these ideals in mind and act on each one in practice, maintaining lasting well-being is within reach.