Welcome to the September Health Hub. This month, we are looking at Wellness, and what that means for you. When thinking about wellness, we must look at all areas that influence health. That being said, one of the best ways to really understand wellness is to split it up into smaller parts, and then giving each area attention. These areas are called ‘The Dimensions of Wellness’.
Often, we think of ‘wellness’ as simply eating habits and physical activity levels.
In fact, ‘wellness’ is so much more.
Although physical activity and healthy eating are important, there is so much more to health. The purpose of The Dimensions of Wellness is to help you think outside the box and realize that a holistic approach to health can have many benefits.
There are a number of ways to conceptualize the different areas of wellness. The most common is the Eight-Dimension model. There is no single, correct way to define these dimensions, but it’s important to understand that no matter how many dimensions are highlighted in a model, finding balance and focusing on all areas of health is key.
The Eight-Dimension Model
Source: The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
This Eight Dimensions of Wellness Model was developed by United States Department of Health and Human Services: SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) with the goal of giving a well-rounded and detailed description of general wellness. This model defines the Eight Dimensions as:
- Occupational: Personal satisfaction and enrichment derived from one's work.
- Physical: Recognizing the need for physical activity, diet, sleep, and nutrition.
- Social: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.
- Intellectual: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.
- Spiritual: Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.
- Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.
- Environmental: Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.
- Financial: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.
The Dimensions of Wellness and YOU
Health and Wellness can be split into many parts, but often, people will focus on just one or two aspects. Wellness can be so much more! Take some time to think how each dimension of wellness impacts your life, and how certain areas can use a little extra attention.
We encourage you to use this very helpful tool to see where you lie in each dimension. With such a great tool, you can quickly see what areas are your strengths, and what areas are your areas of improvement.
To learn more about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, simply click on that model's image above to be redirected to an informational page, or you can Contact Us with any questions!