Wellness? Well that's a word I'm sure you've heard thrown around a lot lately, right? Maybe you even have some idea of what it means. Is it about how you are feeling? Or maybe it's how healthy you are physically? Perhaps it's referring to your diet and exercise?
The short answer is yes. Wellness does mean all those things.
But wellness also means a whole lot more!
I used to think being well or healthy only required you to focus on three things for the most part, eating right, exercising, and managing stress.
I mean everyone knows that what you eat plays a big role in how you feel and how healthy you are. Exercise keeps you fit and strong. Most of us have figured out that managing the way you cope with stressors in your life goes a long way to making you happy and content.
Plus, all of these things, when not regulated, can lead to physical health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, duh.
But doing these 3 things frankly isn't gonna cut it, it's not enough.
After trying for years to get my life to a happy and healthy state by focusing on these three areas, I finally realized that what I was doing was all wrong.
Even though I was focusing on three very important areas of my life, I was missing some key elements.
Last year, while doing some research for an article I was writing, I came across this idea of the 8 dimensions of wellness, and it was news to me. Maybe I was living under a rock until then, but I had never heard of this concept.
I was intrigued to say the least, and quickly fell down a rabbit hole of information on the topic. I read everything I could about these dimensions and how they can help guide you to happiness and satisfaction in your life. I soon realized I had been going about this wellness thing the wrong way for years.
Having already learned so much while researching the topic, I felt like there was more to know, so I decided to take some courses to become certified as a wellness coach. I found two programs that offered more than just diet and exercise training(which is how most of them are) and jumped right into learning all they had to offer me.
The result of my journey is this:
- I am now completely obsessed with these 8 dimensions of wellness and how they can change your life.
- I am determined to share all this knowledge with you so you too can create for yourself the life you've always wanted.
If you’ve been searching for that ever elusive solution to all your problems.
You just found it.
Wellness is the solution.
The 8 Dimensions of Wellness all work together in harmony to help you find satisfaction and happiness. These dimensions can be exactly what you need to transform your life into the life you've always dreamed of having.
We, humans, tend to think that no one else is like us. As though no one else thinks the way that we do or feels what we feel.
But guess what? We pretty much want the same things:
We want to be like everyone else. No one wants to be labeled a freak or a weirdo or be stuck on the outside looking in. It’s in our nature to belong and be accepted by our peers.
We all desire to be loved and to give love in return.
In our nature to want to be good at what we do. We want to be successful in our endeavors. we want people to recognize our success as well.
And lastly, we just want to be happy. I mean is that too much to ask?
Before today, had you ever heard of the 8 dimensions of wellness? And if you had, did you fully understand what they really meant?
These eight different areas that should be nurtured to help you be the healthiest that you can be.
All are equally vital and work as one so you can be the best you that you can be, the person that you've always known you would become.
8 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
Next I want to break down each of these dimensions a little more to help you begin to understand all they have to offer you and why you need them in your life right now.
Are you ready to begin?
Basically, emotional wellness is the area of wellness that governs your emotions, as well as the way you respond to people, situations, and stress.
This dimension also encompasses your mental health.
It's important to know the state of your emotional health so that you are able to determine ways to work on improving yours so you can cope with things in the right way, the healthy way.
One way to develop your emotional well-being is through journaling.
Physical wellness has to do with anything that affects you bodily.
Such as, diet, exercise, sleep, sex health, and habits.
Working to promote a healthy physical well-being is extremely important to your health as lacking in these areas can have detrimental effects on your quality of life.
A great way to boost your physical wellness is eat a well-balanced diet that includes meals rich in the 3 macronutrients along with plenty of vitamins and minerals.
People who seek spiritual wellness are focused on finding the meaning of life and are usually connected in some way to a higher power. They strive to find their way in the world and usually follow a set of values they hold dear.
This can mean religion, meditation, rituals, gratitude.
Spiritual well-being can have benefits to your health as well, such as reducing stress, calming anxiety, and improving your mood.
You can sustain spiritual wellness by making meditation part of your daily ritual to find and sustain your focus and enjoy peace.
Social wellness is all about community and belonging. It's about our relationships and they way we interact with others.
It's putting yourself out there while remaining true to yourself.
You should strive to find a good balance in your social well-being, one that includes both interactions with others and self-awareness.
Two ways you can achieve this is by learning to effectively communicate and by getting to know yourself better.
This area of wellness is about your creativity, hobbies, critical thinking skills, memory, and identity.
It's about developing your reasoning and growing your perceptions.
Some areas refined in this dimension are problem solving, self-esteem, and sharpening your mind.
One way to expand your intellectual wellness is by trying new things often.
In this dimension the focus is on the world around you and your place within it. It's about preserving the planet and respecting how you fit into your surroundings.
It also has to do with your immediate location, such as your home or the city you live in. As well as your personal safety and that of those around you.
The environment has an immense impact on your health. It isn't just about keeping the planet safe either, it's also about keeping your home clean and creating a safe haven for yourself where you can rest and recharge.
A positive way to impact your environmental wellness is by recycling, reusing, or repurposing rather than tossing out your stuff.
Financial wellness is having the ability to manage your money and create financial security in your life.
Having poor financial health can cause enormous amounts of strain and stress on both you and your loved ones. Therefore, it's important to learn how to set spending limits and know how to budget your money.
The best way to ensure financial wellness is by creating and using a budget. Budgets allow you to see where your money is being spent while showing you areas where you can improve your spending habits.
This area of wellness is all about finding that perfect harmonious balance between work life and home life. It's about finding work that you can enjoy and being proud of the work you do.
Poor occupational health can leak into your personal life and eventually effect your entire well-being.
Striving to improve your work related skills is one way you can improve this area of your life. By honing your techniques and abilities, you can excel at your job which in turn will leave you with a more positive outlook on the work you do.
Now that you have an idea of what the 8 dimensions of wellness can do for you, are you ready to find out even more?
If you are ready to transform your life and get all the happiness and satisfaction you've been dreaming about, then I have just the thing to get you started on your journey to wellness.
Our 8 Dimensions of Wellness Introductory Course!
This free 7-day video course will take you to the next level by showing you a little bit more about each dimension. Each day I will share with you even more about why each dimension is important and give you additional ways you can work on improving this area of your life.
It also comes with a free guided notes printable PDF that you can use to take notes as you progress through the course. Then, you can use these notes to look back on as you work to improve this area for yourself.
Wanna learn more? Let the 8 Dimensions of Wellness work for you!