The 8 Dimensions Of Wellness
New Year, New You!
The start of a new year allows us to look back on the past year and consider the life changes we would like to make. This period of reflection may help to reassess how we spend our time and the choices we make. A better sense of clarity of our goals will help you successfully plan for the future.
According to a recent poll, about half of Americans wanted to start 2021 by getting in shape. The most popular New Year’s resolution was “doing more exercise or improving my fitness.” Moreover, approximately 57% of Americans say that health and wellness are their top priorities.
We often think about wellness in terms of physical health – nutrition, exercise, weight management, etc., but it is so much more. Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. A wellness plan is geared toward achieving overall health in all facets of our lives.
There are eight dimensions to a wellness plan – they include the emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual components. Every aspect of wellness can affect a person’s life and overall wellness.
The eight dimensions of a wellness plan are as follows:
- Physical Dimension – Caring for our bodies to stay healthy in the present and in the future. Good physical health habits, include nutrition, exercise, sleep and proper health care.
- Intellectual Dimension -Keeping our brains active and growing intellectually as well as maintaining curiosity about all there is to learn, valuing lifelong learning, and responding positively to intellectual challenges.
- Emotional Dimension – Understanding and respecting your feelings, values, and attitudes as well as appreciating and considering the feelings of others. Managing our emotions and feeling positive and enthusiastic about our lives are also critical to our health.
- Social Dimension – Maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you.
- Spiritual Dimension – Possessing a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help give direction to our lives. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope and commitment to our individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose.
- Vocational Dimension – Preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with our values, goals, and lifestyle as well as contributing your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding.
- Financial Dimension – Managing our resources to live within your means, making informed financial decisions and investments, setting realistic goals, and preparing for short-term and long-term needs or emergencies.
- Environmental Dimension – Understanding how our social, natural, and built environments affect our health and well-being as well as being aware of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of our daily habits on the physical environment
Creating balance in our lives is an important part of wellness. Change your habits, change your life. One popular method to build habits is called the 21/90 rule. Commit to a goal for 21 days and it will become a habit. Commit to a goal for 90 days and it will become a part of your lifestyle. Creating a wellness lifestyle can be challenging, but finding the right information, supports, and resources and tracking our progress can help us get there.