The 7 Dimensions of Wellness | Is it Time for a Plan?

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;


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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

8 thoughts on “The 7 Dimensions of Wellness | Is it Time for a Plan?”

  1. Hi Tracy, nice to read about these 7 dimensions of wellness. I never thought of these elements as a whole either. I’m looking forward to your next posts on how to develop a personal plan to find successful balance in all.

    • Hi Angelique, glad you enjoyed the post.
      Keep an eye out for upcoming posts where I will be talking about where a how to start your plan. I plan to get a little personal about some experiences I’ve endured which has lead me on the path to continue to work toward complete wellness.


  2. Hi,
    you are SO right! It’s so important to listen to your inner voice and relax sometimes – or have a break – or..or..or..or.. And what is our problem? I think it is taking time for that all…. we are reasoning always – at least I am 🙂
    Thanks for reminding me!

    • Hi George, glad you’ve been reminded :). You’re so right we try to take it all in at once and forget sometimes that we need to slow down and pay attention to the beautiful surroundings that we are blessed with.


  3. Tracy

    This one hits home for me. I have the emotional well being part under control for the most part, but the rest needs work. Some areas more then others. Since having the emotional part working again, I still feel “incomplete” for lack of a better word. I now see some of the other dimensions are not as refined or severely lacking. I hope to come up with my own plan to work on pulling these dimensions together to make a more complete me.

    • Hi Darlene

      Achieving wellness in all 7 dimensions certainly involves a plan that requires work. I too struggle with a couple of the dimensions mentioned in this article but I truly believe that working toward achieving wellness in all areas is never fully completed. It takes work and commitment that is ongoing. Reaching our full wellness potential is a work in progress for most of us. As you develop your plan I’d love to hear back from you as to how’s going.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂



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