Dimensions of Wellness


Wellness is more than just the absence of disease. It is a conscious, self-directed, dynamic process that integrates the mind and the body.  You become aware of, take responsibility for, and make healthy choices that directly contribute to your wellbeing and that of the common good. The process is positive, affirming, and helps you to enhance your life.

This active process results in your optimal health where all dimensions of wellness – emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, sexual, social, and spiritual – complement and interact with each other. Engaging in this process allows you to continuously learn about yourself and gives you the opportunity to make decisions to enhance your wellbeing.

Everyone’s optimal wellness is different, depending on your own needs, experiences, personality, and circumstances. Wellness is a way of life that takes personal time, commitment, and motivation. 

Emotional

Awareness and acceptance of a wide range of feelings in yourself and others.

  • Express feelings appropriately
  • Ability to cope
  • Seek support and help when needed
  • Create and maintain healthy connections
  • Accept self unconditionally
  • High self-esteem
  • Manage stress
  • Portray positive attitude
  • Take time to relax

Financial

Being aware of and understanding your personal financial situation.

  • Create and maintain a budget
  • Develop short and long term financial goals
  • Have a plan to pay back debts
  • Limit overspending
  • Save money
  • Track spending
  • Use credit cards wisely

Environmental

Adopting lifestyle practices that respect and actively help improve the environment.

  • Understand impact of interaction with nature
  • Play a role in preserving and improving environmental conditions through action
  • Conserve water and energy
  • Limit pollution
  • Recycle and reuse materials
  • Reduce wasteful consumption

Intellectual

Lifelong learning through formal education and informal life experiences to expand knowledge, develop new ideas, improve skills, and explore new interests.

  • Adapt to changes, new information, and differing perceptions
  • Participate in cultural, scholastic, and community activities
  • Stay up-to-date on current events
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Understand divergent points of view

Occupational

Choosing a career that is consistent with your values, interests, and beliefs in order to enhance job satisfaction and person-job fit.

  • Gain a sense of meaning and purpose through vocation
  • Passionate about work
  • Maintain healthy work/life balance
  • Participate in professional developmental opportunities
  • Set short and long term work goals

Sexual

Engaging in sexual relationships that are consistent with your values and development.

  • Aware of readiness to become sexually active
  • Communicate with partner
  • Practice safer sex
  • Accept sexual orientation
  • Avoid risky sexual behaviors
  • Get regular checkups with gynecologist or andrologist
  • Get tested for STIs regularly
  • Refrain from using sex to manipulate or influence others

Physical

Engaging in practices that help your body function at optimal levels.

  • Avoid the use of tobacco, drugs, and excessive or illegal use of alcohol
  • Demonstrate self-care habits
  • Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3-5 times a week
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Manage stress
  • Seek medical attention when necessary
  • Sleep 6-8 hours a night

Social

Relating to and connecting with others.

  • Continuously improve social skills
  • Contribute to the welfare and social justice of the community
  • Communicate effectively
  • Make time for leisure and recreation
  • Possess supportive social network
  • Support and interact with diverse peoples

Spiritual

Ongoing process of finding meaning, purpose, and direction.

  • Develop and express values, beliefs, attitudes, ethics, and morals that are consistent with actions
  • Open minded about others’ beliefs
  • Live in harmony with others
  • Maintain a mind-body connection
  • Practice meditation, prayer, yoga, and/or other reflection activities

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