7 Dimensions of Wellness

April 05, 2019 0 Comments

7 Dimensions of Wellness

The word “wellness” is being tossed around a ton! From social media to multi-national marketing campaigns, there is a lot of focus on being healthy. With all of this information and messaging coming our way, it is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate what it actually means to be living “well”.

At Consonant Skincare we know that great skin care products are only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to having great skin. Similarly, there is a heck of a lot that more that goes into a healthy lifestyle than just gym selfies and smoothie bowls.

Health advocate and former fashion model Maddison Schill recently spoke up about the realities and complexity of living a healthy life, “Health is hard. It’s not linear. As I’m [writing] this I’m struggling between working for an extra few hours OR finishing my taxes OR reading this book I’m supposed to discuss in therapy tomorrow OR putting a few more hours into the relaunch of [my side business] OR begin my search for seven hundred quarters to take me to a yoga class tomorrow that I may or may not wake up in time for. And on top of that, we have family [stuff], friend [stuff], personal side hustle [stuff], human body essentials [stuff].”

We get it! Making decisions and prioritizing the various avenues of self-care can be a challenge. Sometimes we forget that there is more to health than just exercise and nutrition. In reality, there are seven domains of health, termed “The Seven Dimensions of Wellness”. These interconnected avenues include physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and occupational health. While each dimension is unique in its own respect, they are also deeply connected to makeup one’s quality of life.

At times, there may be an emphasis on one aspect of wellness over another but allowing yourself to find a rhythm will help you feel the most fulfilled. Here’s how each dimension of health fits into your life, and some strategies for optimizing each one.

Physical wellness encompasses the physiological needs of the body. Behaviors that contribute to this dimension of health include regular exercise, proper nutrition, abstaining from drug and alcohol abuse, getting regular physical checkups from your doctors, and protecting one’s self from injury or harm.

Everyday tips for better physical health:
  • Take an exercise “snack” – research shows that short bursts of exercise throughout the day, help to regulate blood sugar and metabolize nutrients more effectively. Get up out of your desk for a 10 min walk, take the stairs, or just stand up and sit down a few times.
  • Have a potluck – Invite a few friends over with their favorite dish. Eating with others, cooking from scratch, and sharing recipes will encourage healthy and sustainable eating habits to better fuel your body.
  • Stop putting off the appointments – Going to your Physician, Dentist, Naturopath, and Optometrist for regular check-ins can help catch health ailments early and decrease your risk of disease.

Emotional wellness is one of the most volatile components of health as it is affected heavily by each of the other dimensions. It includes the ability to express feelings of hippieness, sadness, and anger. It means being able to give and except love, feel optimism, acceptance, and self-worth.

Everyday tips for better emotional health:
  • Practice gratitude – Write down three things you are grateful for before you go to bed. Cultivating this positive attitude will help to gradually provide an optimistic perspective
  • Open up – Practice verbalizing your thoughts and feeling, first by writing it down then with a person you trust. Being able to put words to feelings is a sign of more complex emotional maturity.
  • Know when to step back – Sometimes other people’s troubles can add to your own emotional clutter. It’s important to gauge your own ability to make space for others. Don’t be afraid to kindly let others know you need to take a step back. 
Intellectual wellness is more than just being “smart”. It is being able to actively apply and synthesis information, remain open to new ideas, and seek out activates that contribute to life-long learning.

Everyday tips for better intellectual health:
  • Feed your fascinations – Find a topic that interests you and learn more about it! Check out YouTube, listen to a podcast, take a course, seminar, or workshop. For wellness topics come to a free Consonant Community Event Seminar.
  • Talk the talk – Speak with others who challenge you intellectually. If they have differing ideas, don’t immediately challenge them, try first asking questions about what lead them to that conclusion.
  • Use both brains – Challenge both the right and left sides of the brain. If you are constantly analyzing, planning, and calculating, try taking an art class, learning an instrument, or hit up a poetry slam.

Being socially healthy includes spending time with others, but it also includes maximizing those interactions. How your work within a community and how you feel about your role is important. Communicating with others effectively, developing intimacy and finding your “people” is all part of forming a social support network.

Everyday tips for better social health:
  • Share your talents – Teach a class, perform at an open mic night, send your writing in to a blog, or become a school tutor. Not only will you be giving back to your community but people will be drawn to your confidence and skill.
  • Walk a mile in their shoes – If you are having trouble connecting with someone, (especially if you have to spend time with them because they are a colleague or mutual friend), try putting yourself in their shoes. Ask them questions about themselves, find out what they are passionate about and share something about yourself with them. Finding a common ground and seeing something from their perspective might help you feel closer to them.
Occupational wellness is the way of refining and using skills and talents to gain purpose and enrich life. Achieving occupational wellness results in satisfaction in your career and the feelings of value and pleasure in your work.

Everyday tips for better occupational health:
  • Be a Lifelong learner – Connect with people in your field of interest, ask questions, take notes. If you are the expert in your field, turn back around and help the new folks.
  • Change the game – Be open to changes and opportunities to learn new skills. Keep an eye out for conferences, seminars, and talks on new topics, even if they don’t seem directly relevant to your current position they could open up a new door.
  • Be proud – work hard and take pride in the work that you do!
The spiritual dimension of wellness includes having faith, hope, and having personal values that provide meaning and purpose to one’s life. This belief system may differ person to person but provides an appreciation for human existence.

Everyday tips for better spiritual health:
  • Practice presence – Whether its through meditation, gratitude exercised, or religious practice, spend some quality time with yourself in the here-and-now.
  • Don’t give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about – Stay true to yourself, your values and your ambitions.
  • Live and let live – Allow yourself and those around you to have the freedom to be who they are. Acceptance and respect for all will bring you peace.
Environmental wellness is the understanding and appreciation for the world around you on both an immediate and a global scale

Everyday tips for better environmental health:
  • Keep it clean – Tidy up your house or apartment, reduce the amount of chemicals in your daily use products (like skin care and cleaning products), dispose of recycling, garbage and compost correctly.
  • Reduce, Reuse – Bring reusable bags to the grocery store, switch your plastic wrap for beeswax wraps, and store food in glass containers.
  • Pass it down – Teach children about where their food comes from, spend time with them in nature, renew your relationship with the earth.

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