We all strive to work toward total wellness and live our best life. Did you know that in order to achieve complete wellness, self fulfillment should be met in all areas of the 7 dimensions of wellness?
I’m going to honest with you, I was never ‘that’ person who thought about these dimensions as a whole. In my mind, if I had achieved wellness in one dimension (or area) I saw myself as having achieved complete wellness, but in-fact that wasn’t the case at all. I would often feel that something was missing in my life but couldn’t actually put my finger on it. When I discovered these dimensions it helped me to understand why I had felt that way. I then knew it was time to develop my plan to complete wellness.
Let’s delve deeper into each dimension;
7 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
1. Physical Dimension
We often associate staying active and exercising with this dimension and well it is an important behavior associated with it there are many other behaviors that should be followed in order to achieve true physical wellness. These include, proper nutrition, ensuring you get enough rest, getting regular check-ups and abstaining from harmful habits.
2. Emotional Dimension
Understanding and being able to cope effectively with our emotions is a good indicator that we have achieved emotional wellness. Managing stress, staying positive, staying socially connected and balancing our work, family and responsibilities are key components to achieving, and let’s not forget recognizing when to seek professional supports
3. Intellectual Dimension
If you utilize resources available to you to expand your knowledge and engage in continuous learning, you most likely have achieved intellectual wellness. It’s important that we work to engage in achieving intellectual wellness as it helps to encourage creative, stimulating mental activities. Take a course, learn a new language, seek out people who challenge you intellectually are all examples of how to achieve intellectual wellness
4. Social Dimension
Getting involved in your community, establishing positive relationships and being able to communicate effectively is an important part of our overall wellness. Volunteer at your local food back, spend some quality time with your best friend and go out on a date with your partner these are just a few examples of staying socially connected.
5. Occupational Dimension
Let’s face it, a large number of us don’t enjoy the work that we do, however, we go to work to pay bills and fulfill our responsibilities. Achieving occupational wellness means staying positive and enjoying the work that we do. For some of us, this may mean we may have to change jobs or careers a few times to achieve this. It’s feeling a sense of self-fulfillment and contribution within the work that you do while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
6. Environmental Dimension
Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and our personal surroundings. Be mindful to practice habits that promote a healthy environment. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, conserve energy, garden and spend time outdoors. We all have a responsibility to respect nature and all species living in it.
7. Spiritual Dimension
The ability to seek meaning and purpose in human existence and to question everything and appreciate the things that cannot be explained. Our personal values and beliefs provide meaning and purpose to our lives. Ensure you find ways to connect with your spirituality, this could include, yoga, meditation and connecting with a higher power or your belief system to name a few suggestions.
WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?
Now that we’ve had a look at all the dimensions to achieve a sense of overall well-being this would be a good time to reflect on what areas you have achieved wellness in and what areas you may need to develop a plan to begin working toward to achieve complete wellness.
Developing a plan could mean a lifestyle change (and in-fact it likely will). Making a lifestyle change is never easy and you can expect that you will slip up from time to time, but as long as you continue to pick yourself up and never lose sight of your goal to attain complete wellness you are well on your way
I look forward to hearing any comments that you may have about this post.