Wellness

Wellness doesn’t just mean that you aren’t sick- it is the process of making healthy choices in every area of your life.

Why is wellness important?

Making healthy choices in all areas of your life will help to promote your wellbeing. This will lead to feeling better in your daily life and being better able to achieve your goals.

What are the dimensions of wellness?

There are a few different components of wellness. It is helpful to consider each of these areas when living your life. Recognizing that all parts of wellness are interconnected and making healthy choices in each area helps you take a holistic approach to your wellbeing.

There are several models of the dimensions of wellness. Here, we have outlined the eight dimensions of wellness as they are listed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Emotional

This dimension of wellness involves being aware of the feelings you are having, accepting those feelings and coping with them in a way that is healthy for you. It also means creating and maintaining strong and satisfying relationships.

Environmental

This dimension of wellness involves making sure that your surroundings- like your home or room, or areas where you choose to spend free time, are safe, stable and positive.

Financial

This dimension of wellness involves a feeling of contentment regarding your current financial situation, as well as plans for your future financial stability.

Intellectual

This dimension of wellness involves the ability to understand and meet your need to learn, be creative and broaden your knowledge- this can include areas of study, art and music.

Occupational

This dimension of wellness involves your satisfaction and ability to learn and grow from what you do. Don’t have a job? This dimension of wellness can still apply to being a student!

Physical

This dimension of wellness involves the recognition and process of taking care of your body by staying active, eating healthy and getting rest.

Social

This dimension of wellness involves the ability to create a connection to others in your life, feel a sense of belonging and create a solid support system for yourself.

Spiritual

This dimension of wellness doesn’t necessarily involve specific religious values and customs; the focus on more understanding your feelings on the meaning of life and your purpose in the world.