The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness is the continued growth and balance concerning eight dimensions. Not only does it include physical health, but it also includes mental and spiritual well-being. It is the interaction and connection of these dimensions that leads to quality of life. Each dimension contributes to our sense of wellness. One dimension may be more prominent than others during phases of your life. However, it is important to not neglect any dimension as it can have adverse effects on your well-being.
The Eight Dimensions are:
Physical Dimension: This encompasses the physical health including exercise and nutrition, abstaining from anything harmful such as drugs and alcohol. By listening to the needs of your body, you can identify any symptoms of illness, get regular check-ups and protect yourself from harm.
Emotional Dimension: This is the ability to express human emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, love, etc. By expressing our emotions, we can feel a sense of fulfillment. We experience emotional wellness when we are optimistic, have self-esteem and can share feelings with others.
Intellectual Dimension: Our minds need to be continually exercised and cared for just like our physical dimension. People that continue to learn and grow, improve skill sets, and expand ones knowledge, have a high level of intellectual wellness.
Spiritual Dimension: This involves our set of beliefs and values that help to guide use through our lives. It can provide a sense of meaning and purpose as well as providing a set of principles by which we live by.
Social Dimension: This refers to our ability to interact and socialize with others in our community. This can be done effectively by learning how to communicate effective with others, to love and give to those around us.
Occupational Dimension: This mainly represents our attitude to our work, the way in which we use our skills and talents to enrich lives. By committing to your wellness at work, can lead to overall lifestyle satisfaction and reward.
Financial Dimension: This is the feeling of satisfaction related to your finances. Minimizing stress over finances can improve your overall health and well-being. By creating monthly budgets, separate savings account, cutting back on expenses, avoiding credit card debt and reducing unnecessary luxuries, you will be able to live comfortably within your means
Environmental Dimension: Related to your surroundings and can include elements such as violence, pollution, water conservation, recycling, etc. It is important to consider the relationship that we have with our surroundings and mother earth to maximize harmony and reduce harm.