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Introduction to the 8 Dimensions of Wellness

Physical Wellness

  • Physical wellness consists of recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep, as well as preventing illness and injury or managing chronic health conditions.

    As the definition shows, the physical dimension of wellness encompasses more than just physical activity. There are multiple activities that you can do to improve your physical dimension of wellness. Some of those activities include:                                                         

    • Sleep: take a 20-minute “flash nap”; sleep at least 8 hrs                                       

    • Nutrition: eat plenty of fruits and vegetables; try cooking a new, healthy recipe

    • Stress: manage stress by taking deep breaths to slow your heart rate; talk to a friend 

    • Physical activity: wash your car, garden, go for a walk, do jumping jacks during commercials

Social Wellness

  • This week we are focusing on the social dimension of wellness. Social wellness is defined as developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. 

    The social dimension of wellness is all about your relationships with others. There are multiple activities that you can do to improve your social dimension of wellness. Some of those activities include:                                                         

    • Family game night or dinner night

    • Call/FaceTime a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while

    • Trivia party using video chat

    • Online book club

Financial Wellness

  • This week we are focusing on the financial dimension of wellness. Financial wellness is defined as satisfaction with your current and future financial situations. 

    Financial wellness can heavily influence the other dimensions of wellness, both positively and negatively. Some activities that can help improve the financial dimension of wellness are: 

    • starting a household budget

    • cooking your own meals

    • shopping at thrift stores

    • avoiding "impulse" buys

Intellectual Wellness

  • This week we are focusing on the intellectual dimension of wellness. Intellectual wellness is defined as recognizing one's creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.

    When you foster your intellectual wellness, you participate in activities that cultivate mental growth. When you challenge yourself to learn a new skill, you are building your intellectual health. People who pay attention to their intellectual wellness often find that they have better concentration, improved memory, and better critical thinking skills.

    Some activities that can help improve the intellectual dimension of wellness are: 

    • Reading or listening to a podcast

    • Doing challenging puzzles such as crosswords or Sudoku

    • Debating issues with others who have opposing viewpoints

    • Learning a new language or musical instrument

    • Cooking a new recipe

    • Trying a new hobby

    • Teaching and tutoring others 

Environmental Wellness

  • This week we are focusing on the environmental dimension of wellness. Environmental wellness is related to the surroundings you occupy. 

     
    This dimension of wellness connects your overall well-being to the health of your environment. Your environment, both your social and natural surroundings, can greatly impact how you feel. Pollution, violence, garbage buildup, and water conservation are some of the factors affecting environmental wellness. 
     

    Some activities that can help improve your environmental dimension of wellness are:

    • Clean/organize something in your house/surroundings (it doesn’t matter whether it’s a lot or a little)

    • Conserve water, energy and other resources

    • Reduce, reuse, recycle

    • Plant a personal or community garden

    • Create a neighborhood watch

     

Spiritual Wellness

  • This week we are focusing on the spiritual dimension of wellness. Spiritual wellness is related to your values and beliefs that help you find meaning and purpose in your life. Signs of strong spiritual health include having clear values, a sense of self-confidence, and a feeling of inner peace.

     

    Some activities that can help improve your spiritual dimension of wellness are: 

        • Self-reflection/exploring inner self
        • Meditation/prayer
        • Spending time in nature 
        • Yoga or tai chi
        • Virtually attending classes on spirituality or a religious service  
        • Creating a quiet space for solitude and contemplation
        • Maintaining a playful, curious attitude can help you find experiences that offer hope, purpose, and meaning

Emotional Wellness

  • This week we are focusing on the emotional dimension of wellness. Emotional wellness is having the ability to cope effectively with life and create satisfying relationships. Feelings are the lens through which people view the world, and the ability to be aware of and direct one’s feelings helps to create balance in life. 


    Some activities that can help improve your emotional dimension of wellness are:

    • Trying to maintain a positive attitude even when problems arise

    • Discover your personal stress reliever such as reading, baking, star gazing

    • Find someone that you trust who you can openly share your feelings with

    • Schedule some alone time

Occupational Wellness

  • This week we are focusing on the occupational dimension of wellness. Occupational wellness involves preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is related to your attitude about your work. Achieving optimal occupational wellness allows you to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction/pleasure in your employment. Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.


    Tips and suggestions for optimal occupational wellness include:

    • Explore a variety of career options
    • Create a vision for your future
    • Choose a career that suits your personality, interests, and talents
    • Be open to change and learn new skills