Most people gauge their health on their vital signs. You’re healthy if the doctor runs a blood panel and it comes back good, right? Well, not according to the eight dimensions of wellness.
What Are the Eight Dimensions of Wellness?
The eight dimensions of wellness attack health from every angle. Because one dimension impacts another, it’s important to cultivate each one.
Before you can achieve true and holistic health, you must first understand your own strengths and weaknesses. Most people are strong in one or two dimensions and weaker in others. This is completely normal, and it gives us a starting point for our journey.
The following are eight dimensions of wellness along with tips to achieve them:
Emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing. If you’re feeling exceptionally stressed and/or have trouble maintaining successful relationships, you may need to work on emotional wellbeing.
How to recover: Consider talking to a counselor about any underlying issues with self-worth, self-esteem, anxiety or depression.
Environmental wellness has to do with the places and people you surround yourself with. They both should be soothing and supportive whenever possible.
How to boost environmental wellness:
Take a look at where your spending your time. For most of us, that’s at work. If your work environment is toxic, consider changing jobs. If your friends are putting you down, branch out and enter a new circle.
Financial wellness doesn’t mean exceptional wealth. It means you have enough and manage your money well. When you’re financially well, you won’t spend lots of time stressing over bills.
How to improve financial health: If you’re overextended, take a hard look at your budget and see where you can make cuts.
People who are intellectually healthy will have a good knowledge base, but more importantly, they will have a thirst for learning.
How to improve intellectual health: If you aren’t currently learning, start. Take a course that excites you or embark on a new challenge.
When you set career goals and focus on achieving them, your occupational health will likely be on track.
How to foster occupational health: If you don’t already have career goals, set them now. If you have goals, set a reminder to evaluate your growth every 6 to 12 months.
This is the dimension that most people associate with health, and for good reason. Physical health will keep the body from deteriorating, which is why physical symptoms are often the first sign of trouble.
How to improve physical health: Eating right and exercising is the best way to take care of your body. Don’t stress over the plan. Just get started.
Humans are social beings, which means we work best when we’re supported by friends and family.
How to improve social wellbeing: Make an effort to spend more time with your inner circle. If you want to expand that circle, join groups where you can meet people with similar interests.
To achieve true health, it’s important to maintain a mind-body connection. One way we can do this is through meditation.
How to improve spiritual health: The best way to become more spiritually-minded is to meditate. There are different styles of meditation, so choose one that works for you and stick with it.
If you think you’re winning at even one of these dimensions, you’re in a good place. Next, identify the dimension that needs the most work and start there.
The eight dimensions of wellness will always be a work in progress, and that’s okay. The important part is to keep working at them. The more work you put in, the more results you’ll see over time.
About the Author
Trevor McDonald is a freelance content writer and a recovering addict & alcoholic who’s been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.