When we consider wellness we often think primarily of physical health. But wellness is much more than that. Wellness is the multi-dimensional development and maintenance of seven aspects of life — that of the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and vocational dimensions. Rather than being seen as separate entities, these seven aspects can be viewed as an interconnected platform upon which wellness can be nurtured and balanced.
At this moment in time we’re all taxed and challenged by a broad range of problems that can have quite a “domino” on our overall wellness, especially in regard to mental health. How do we deal with it? This can be seen as multi-dimensional, too. We can improve our wellness through our own efforts, the efforts of our families and friends, through professional support, and within different settings such as at home, work, and play.
August is Wellness Month. In preparation, we can consider all seven aspects and work on creating and strengthening good habits — while weakening bad ones. We can start by accepting our inner and outer circumstances as they are — and work to reshape our wellness and our healing, together! This can be accomplished in a good-natured, pleasant, self-respectful (not self-punishing) way.
It will be up to you to design your plan and institute your changes. We’ll help you prepare by sharing information on the Seven Dimensions of Wellness. Here is the breakdown for you:
1. Physical Wellness • Move more and eat better.
2. Emotional Wellness • Develop mindfulness and optimism skills.
3. Intellectual Wellness • Stimulate and inspire your brain.
4. Social Wellness • Cultivate friendships and contribute to community.
5. Spiritual Wellness • Nourish your soul and open your heart.
6. Environmental Wellness • Love and care for the planet.
7. Vocational Wellness • Use and give your skills.
What are a few of these seven dimensions that you’d like to work on? How can you apply changes successfully on a daily or weekly basis in order to make a habit of them? Let’s get started together!
One way to start is go to our article The 7 Dimensions of Wellness in a Nutshell for more details about the seven dimensions.