The Dimensions of Wellness: 6 Key Ways to Improve Your Health

Picture this: you return to your apartment at night, stressed, tired, and overwhelmed from trying to keep up with the pace of everything in your life.

How does this image make you feel? Does this seem like a good balance of wellness?

To understand that, first we have to figure out what wellness is, what it isn't, and what it could be in our lives.

Wellness is a key factor to maintaining your happiness and achieving success. Why? Because your wellbeing determines how you feel and thus, it affects how motivated you are to accomplish your goals. 

The Dimensions of Wellness

dimensions of wellness

If you haven’t heard of the dimensions of wellness, then you’re probably wondering what they are. The  wellness dimensions are eight different areas of wellness that contribute to your overall wellbeing.

They are an easy way to better understand how and where you can improve your journey to living well! Thinking of today's trends that revolve around self care, this is another way to understand where to target when you build your self care routine. Let’s get into them now!

Physical Wellness

This dimension of wellness speaks for itself. We're all aware of our bodies' physical needs: food, water, exercise, and rest. Though many people assume wellness is the same as health, and some believe wellness is a separate topic that doesn’t deal with physical wellness, neither of these are true! 

To make good choices that improve your physical wellness, set timeless goals and build habits that help you incorporate positive changes in your life.

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness has more to do with mental health and wellbeing. I write a lot about maintaining good emotional wellness, because it’s a dimension that is especially important to me. Though emotional wellness has recently become a hot topic, I feel it still doesn’t get enough recognition as an important part of our everyday health.

To maintain positive emotional wellness, it is important to create relationships that support your wellbeing, identify your triggers to regulate your mood and emotional stability, and find healthy ways to cope with everyday life.

I came up with a few ways for you to get through the winter with a positive mood. So check out these 18 tips, to start prioritizing your emotional wellness.

Intellectual Wellness

As dreamers and creators, we are already familiar with this dimension of wellness.

In this branch, you work to find ways to build upon your talents. Continuous growth and personal development are the names of the game. As long as you aim to expand your abilities and maintain intellectual progress, you are on the right track to sustaining your intellectual wellbeing.

Spiritual Wellness

Spirituality is another dimension of wellness that has become really popular in recent years. There is so much hype around mindful living and realizing your purpose, or developing a relationship with a higher good. This is exactly what spiritual wellness entails. It’s not an easy aspect of wellness to fulfill, but it is possible.

Everyone's spiritual journey is different. Some people get in touch with spirituality through religion, others through nature, art, or in everyday life. Find what works for you, invest your time into developing the spiritual relationship, and continually grow toward fulfillment.

Social Wellness

I'm sure you've heard this before, but I'll say it again. Humans are social creatures. From our behaviors, to our social habits, and the ways our insecurities manifest, we are naturally inclined to connect with others. What does this mean for our wellbeing?

In order to support our social wellbeing, we must be proactive about the way we interact with others. We need to be aware of the company we keep, the amount of time we spend in isolation, and the diversity of relationships we build for ourselves.

At the end of the day, humans want to be a part of something. Developing a good support system and building positive social connections will help you work toward feeling socially fulfilled.

Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness can be understood a few different ways. I wrote an article about turning your room into a personal sanctuary, which is one way to view this dimension of wellness. You can support your environmental wellbeing by creating a positive atmosphere that contributes to your individual dimensions of wellness and supports your overall wellbeing.

However, this can also be interpreted literally as taking care of the natural environment and minding our collective resources. Beyond this, it is good to consider the created environments that surround you everyday, such as your office which could be considered a work environment.

Any way you interpret this dimension, your overall goal in improving environmental wellness should focus on immersing yourself in positive environments that stimulate growth, and support your health and wellness.

Occupational Wellness

Do you love your job? If you don’t, you may want to consider why you dislike your line of work. In order to maintain your occupational wellbeing, it is important to have a job that makes you feel enriched.

Job satisfaction directly correlates with occupational wellness and happiness. I’m not saying you should quit your 9-5 and become a dog walker, but seriously consider what’s missing from your work life. Try to find a way to incorporate more enjoyable work by picking up a side hustle or exploring other career paths at your job.

Financial Wellness

This is the final dimension of wellness that is widely discussed. It’s all about financial satisfaction. Be proactive about your money and make good financial decisions like keeping a budget and monitoring your account balances.

Also, look ahead and prepare yourself for financial stability into the future. I just mentioned side hustles. These are a good way to create an additional stream of income, and there are so many ways for you to use your talents to make extra money.

Bonus: Cultural Wellness

Did you know cultural wellness is now considered to be a dimension of wellness? It represents a person's ability to build relationships with people who are unlike themselves. Is there diversity in your friend group? Not just racial diversity, but also diversity of thought and experience.

Do you identify with a particular culture? Cultural wellness measures how strongly you maintain and value your own cultural identity as well. Traveling is a great way to work on improving your cultural wellness. It's not as hard to achieve as people think, especially if you're in college. Take the chance to see the world while you can.

If you need some inspiration, here's how I plan to do it this year.

Now that you understand wellness better, do you think wellness is important to a person’s happiness and success? I want us to be able to support each other through our individual journeys and relate to each others’ experiences or success. As always, thanks for reading. Now go on and Live Out Loud!

Marketing Student - Comfort-obsessed, plant-loving mess. Always trying. Continually coming to be.


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  3. Klaudia
    March 19, 2018

    What an interesting topic! Where did you learn about the dimensions of wellness? I would love to do more research in order to become the best version of myself!!!

    1. Ashleigh
      March 19, 2018

      Funny you ask! I’m taking a gym class right now, and it’s really inspired me to be better to myself.


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