A couple of months ago I was researching exactly what wellness means and I came across this thing called the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness”. When most people think of wellness they just think of emotional and physical. So what are these other six dimensions of wellness? I was very confused, but the more I read about them, the more I understood. The discovery of this made me realize that I’ve been handling my wellness journey all wrong and that I need to take a step back and start over.
The eight dimensions of wellness are: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. All of the dimensions are related to each other, each of the dimensions is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.
Is the understanding of your feelings and coping effectively with stress. It is so important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources!
Is maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. Physical health is attained through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and paying attention to the signs of illness and getting help.
This type of wellness helps you perform social roles effectively, comfortably, and create a support network. The dimension allows you to develop encouraging relations with peers.
Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose. Spirituality can be represented in many ways, for example, through relaxation or religion. But being spiritually well means knowing which resources to use to cope with issues that come up in everyday life.
Environment wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. Environmental wellness encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth and to protect it. This well-being promotes interaction with nature and our personal environment.
Financial wellness deals with learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Financial stress is found to be a common source of stress and it can impact your health.
Intellectual wellness is all about having an open mind when encountering new ideas and continuing to expand knowledge. This encourages active participation in scholastic, cultural and community activities.
Occupational wellness is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and appreciating your contributions. This dimension encourages personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work.
Each of these separate types of wellness determines your overall wellness. In theory at least. My path to wellness will not just cover my physical wellness. I want to make all parts of my life better, not just my physical appearance. I believe that if I work on all of these, my physical wellness will also fall into place. For a very long time I believed that if I got my physical wellness under control everything else will fall into place, but the older I get the more I realize that this is not correct. All of these dimensions of wellness build on each other, so I need to focus on all of them. For example, if my financial wellness is not going so well, then my emotional wellness will also fall.
I want to improve on each of these dimensions and I will continue to write about them throughout the rest of this year. I’m hoping to have a plan set up for each aspect of wellness that I can follow. I hope that going over these topics helps others too. This is a short post just explaining the dimensions of wellness, the next post I write will be longer and include plans I have for each dimension of wellness.
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great day!