8 Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness is a holistic connection of mind, body, and spirit. It is an interconnection of eight dimensions including but not limited to the physical and mental. Problems in one dimension can impact the other dimensions. For example, your occupational wellness can impact your mental health.
The “8 Dimensions of Wellness” is a roadmap for reaching optimal health in all areas of our lives.
- Emotional Wellness: Emotional wellness involves the ability to cope with stress, express emotions, and overall promote healthy relationships. This dimension also includes the ability to be self-aware of accepting pre-existing thoughts and behaviors.
- Environmental Wellness: Environmental wellness is more than just "being green" or preserving nature, but it promotes self-awareness on personal interactions with the environment. It also promotes that an individual can adopt practices to promote a safe and healthy environment.
- Financial Wellness: Financial wellness includes personal satisfaction and security with your financial circumstances. This may include understanding financial processes such as budgeting, income, savings, smart financial decisions, investing, and debt management.
- Intellectual Wellness: Intellectual wellness encourages creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills in order to promote personal growth.
- Occupational Wellness: Occupational wellness promotes personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work. This may include keeping a balanced life and work lifestyle.
- Physical Wellness: Physical wellness recognizes the need for a healthy lifestyle that includes consistent physical activity, nutritious foods, quality sleep, and avoiding high-risk behaviors in order to maintain good health.
- Social Wellness: Social wellness is about developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a support system. This includes developing meaningful relationships.
- Spiritual Wellness: Spiritual wellness recognizes the need for a sense of purpose, meaning in life, and upholding personal values or beliefs. This dimension is not the same as practicing different faith-based or specific religions.
Published on March 12, 2021