Dimensions of Wellness: Importance of Habits

  • 06 October, 2020
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  • By Joanna Cichuta

Wellness is more than exercise, nutrition, weight management. It is a holistic integration of 8 dimensions.

According to studies done by the University of Maryland’s and Green Cross Academy of Traumatology people often think about wellness in terms of physical health — exercise, nutrition, weight management, etc., but it is so much more.

Wellness is a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, fueling the body, engaging the mind, and nurturing the spirit. It’s more about living life fully what does it mean? Living life the way that allows you to become the best version of yourself.

What is Wellness

Wellness encompasses 8 mutually interdependent dimensions: physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, vocational, financial, and environmental. Attention must be given to all the dimensions, they do not, however, have to be equally balanced. What is the aim? Our own  “personal harmony” that feels most authentic to us. We naturally have our priorities, approaches, and aspirations, including our views of what it means to live life fully and serves us best.

Wellness Dimensions

Physical Dimension

  • Caring for your body to stay healthy now and in the future

Intellectual Dimension

  • Growing intellectually, maintaining curiosity about all there is to learn, valuing lifelong learning, and responding positively to intellectual challenges
  • Expanding knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing your gifts with others

Emotional Dimension

  • Understanding and respecting your feelings, values, and attitudes
  • Appreciating the feelings of others
  • Managing your emotions in a constructive way
  • Feeling positive and enthusiastic about your life

Social Dimension

  • Maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you
  • Contributing to your community

Spiritual Dimension

  • Finding purpose, value, and meaning in your life with or without organized religion
  • Participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values

Vocational Dimension

  • Preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyle
  • Contributing your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding

Financial Dimension

  • Managing your 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
  • Being aware that everyone’s financial values, needs, and circumstances are unique

Environmental Dimension

  • Understanding how your social, natural, and built environments affect your health and well-being
  • Being aware of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment
  • Demonstrating commitment to a healthy planet

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