The 9 Dimensions of Wellness and Health
Appreciate and take care of your body; it’s the only one you have! You can treat your body right for peak physical wellness by establishing healthy habits such as exercising, eating well, and preventing sickness. Along with this, avoiding unhealthy habits such as unsafe sex, alcohol/drug misuse, and smoking/vaping leads to a physically healthy you!
We all go through a range of emotions on a daily basis. Emotional wellness is being aware of these emotions (and those of others), accepting them, and managing them in a healthy way.
Through understanding that everyone’s financial situation is unique and learning to manage your own resources effectively, you can build financial wellness. Start setting financial goals, budgeting, building credit, and preparing for financial emergencies. Managing money can be intimidating, but you don’t have to be scared of finances!
Social wellness is about building strong and healthy relationships with friends, family, romantic partners, and professional contacts. You can foster healthy relationships and social connections through working on communication skills, learning effective conflict resolution, and creating a sense of inclusion and belonging among the people in your community.
What do you believe in? What do you feel strongly about? What guides your sense of morals? What is your place in this world? Spiritual wellness can include religious beliefs and practices, but it is not the only way to practice spirituality. Finding meaning, purpose, joy, and connection can be do through meditation, volunteering, and forming a connection with other humans or with nature.
Have you ever had a “bad” job? Hating your work is not inevitable. Occupational wellness focuses on job satisfaction through finding work that is meaningful, enjoyable, and aligns with your personal values and lifestyle.
The feeling when you are “in the zone” and find yourself going down a rabbit hole investigating a fascinating topic—that intellectual curiosity and commitment to lifelong learning adds up to intellectual wellness. Creativity, critical thinking, and exploring different viewpoints also contribute to your overall intellectual wellbeing.
Cultural wellness is about being aware of and appreciating the cultures, traditions, and diversity of your own background and that of others. When you commit to cultural wellness, you establish inclusive environments that foster a sense of community and belonging.
Do you ever notice how the things you do impact your surroundings, and these surroundings in turn have an impact on you? That’s because you have a mutual relationship with your environment; your wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of the world around you and vice versa. Environmental wellness means that you feel safe, comfortable, and healthy in the places you work, learn, play, and live.