The 8 Dimensions of health and wellness

Dimensions to health and wellbeing

Having a holistic balance within the 8 Dimensions can help improve health and wellbeing. Wellness means being healthy in many dimensions of life. This includes emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual aspects. All of these dimensions are interconnected and build on each other. Lets speak briefly of wellness before we explore the 8 dimensions of health and wellness.


Wellness vs illness

Wellness is the integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, the feeling of the body, the involvement of the mind, and the nurturing of the mind. Building balance in our lives is an integral part of our wellness.  Balance means making sure we have time to do things that make us feel happy and satisfied.

This includes working, having fun, spending time with family and friends, participating in the community, being physically active, relaxing, and sleeping.


Physical Dimension

Good habits of physical health. Nutrition, exercise, and proper health care. All of these make up the physical dimension of wellness. We can also feel better by creating a routine that balances activity with inactivity and is manageable within our obligations and needs.

Try to manage your physical routine by:

  • Make time for rest and sleep
  • Develop healthy habits that will not only add years to life but will enhance the enjoyment and quality of those years.

Emotional Dimension

The emotional dimension includes the ability to express feelings, adapt to emotional challenges, deal with stressors, and enjoy life. Emotional wellness encompasses self-confidence, self-acceptance, and the ability to share your emotions with others. It includes:

To help with the emotional dimension, Mindfulness practice can help encourage improved emotional wellbeing. Recently, I posted about this in-depth.

Intellectual Dimension

The intellectual dimension includes looking at and taking into account the different perspectives of an issue. The Intellectual Dimension includes lots of things that keep our brains active and our intellects expanding.

  • Intellectual growth, maintaining a curiosity about everything you need to learn
  • Evaluating lifelong learning and responding positively to intellectual challenges
  • Expand knowledge and skills while discovering the potential to share your gifts with others

Social Dimension

Social well-being refers to our ability to interact successfully in our community. It includes:

  • Maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others.
  • Developing friendships and intimate relationships, caring for others and letting others take care of you.
  •  Share your talents and skills and share your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Environmental Dimension

The environmental dimension is to maintain life in such a way that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment.

  • Understand how social, natural, and built environments affect your health and well-being.
  •  Be aware of the unstable state of the planet and the impact of daily habits on the physical environment[4].

Occupational Dimension

Occupational wellness means that a commitment to your job is successfully integrated into an overall lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.

The Occupational Wellness dimension involves participating in activities that provide

  • Meaning and purpose
  • Reflect personal values
  • Interests, and beliefs, including employment, and that are consistent with your values, goals, and lifestyles.

Spiritual Dimension

The spiritual dimension is one’s personal beliefs and values and principles that have meaning, purpose, and a sense of balance and peace that helps to give direction to one’s life.

 It encompasses a high level of faith, hope, and commitment to your individual beliefs that give you a sense of meaning and purpose.

Financial Dimension

Financial Resources relates to:

  • Managing your resources to live within your means.
  • To make informed financial decisions and investments.
  • To set realistic targets, and to prepare for short-term and long-term needs or emergencies.
  • The satisfaction of a person with their current financial situation and prospects also comes into play. Must be aware that everyone’s financial values, needs, and circumstances are different.

Change your Habits, Change your life

A habit is a recurring behaviour that is cued by a specific context, often occurs without much consciousness or conscious intent, and is acquired through frequent repetition.

Habits can be helpful, but they can be detrimental as well. Think of some of the good habits you have.

Think about some of your bad habits now. Think about the cue, the routine, and the reward afterwards.

If you’re going to have to take a good hard look at yourself, then you want to change your habits or create new ones.

Have a strong justification for why you want to start or change a habit. A powerful reason will help you to push through the hard times.

Analyze your everyday actions. Pay attention to your daily routines is necessary.

It can be daunting to raise awareness of your actions, but it’s worth the effort. You have to replace the routine to change those bad habits. Keep the same reward and cue, but simply substitute the routine.

This is the most efficient way a habit can be changed. When you choose strategies that increase your chance for success, change also becomes more achievable.

These strategies include monitoring; planning:

  • investing in accountability systems
  • abstaining from activities that cause harm including harmful behaviours, relationships and substances.
  • increasing or decreasing convenience
  • safeguards for planning
  • detecting rationalizations and false assumptions
  • using distractions
  • rewards and treatments
  • pairing activities
  • starting witness.

Change takes a long time sometimes. It requires repeated experiments and failures sometimes.

But the attempts are unquestionably worthwhile for continuous improvement, and one success often leads to another.

When you think of the habits, well-being, health, well-being, and quality of life you aspire to.

Take-Home Message

Wellness is a complex, continually changing, and fluctuating process. It’s a lifestyle, a personalized approach to living life in a way that makes it possible for you to become the best kind of person your potential, circumstances, and destiny will allow.

The past is history; in the choices, you make today, the present and future lie. Just get it going, and become the best kind of person you can be. Don’t worry about getting it perfect, because no one is perfect!

Emilie MASI

Registered Nurse, Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice Graduate Diploma of Wound Care Working towards Masters of Wound Care

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