Written by Tom Buckland
Mental and physical health are connected. By improving one, you improve the other.
By making the 8 dimensions of wellbeing a goal, you will be able to improve the quality of your life, both physically and mentally.
The 8 dimensions themselves are:
We will be going through each dimension and give examples of how each area can be improved.
Life throws all sorts of challenges and hurdles to get over. People who control over their emotions develop self-confidence to handle them.
Maintain your emotional health by doing activities that you enjoy, eating the foods you love, anything that makes you happy.
Emotional wellbeing is also about being able to make relationships. This doesn’t strictly mean romantic relationships, it’s how you connect to everyone. Before anything else, you must have a healthy relationship with yourself. From here, you can start to develop relationships with others.
Achieving environmental wellness is related to your surroundings. This includes both your natural and social environments. Each have their own impact on your health.
Being surrounded by disturbance, violence and disorganisation can cause a lot of discomfort which drives people to lose health both physically and mentally. Being part of the wrong social circles does more harm than good.
Natural habitats need to be protected. Clean and safe areas have a great impact on improving wellness. If you feel you are in the wrong environment, leave it and move somewhere that will help you grow.
This factor will involve money. Financial wellbeing can be an uncomfortable subject to some people. Money can cause a lot of stress if not managed well, such as strained relationships.
Having a plan or budget in place you can stay on top of spending will put those worries at ease. If you are feeling the squeeze, cut back on things you can go without for a while.
Track all income and outgoings for a month so you can see where your money is going. From here, set some financial goals to stick to.
To achieve intellectual wellness, you must be able to recognise your talents and doing things to improve on them. You shouldalso be seeking opportunities to learn new skills. The point is that you are trying to challenge yourself.
Great skills to try are learning a new instrument, doing a puzzle or reading a book on self-improvement.
By improving on your intellectual wellbeing, your concentration will get better and you will be able to make better and smarter decisions.
This involves being satisfied with what you do for work. You need to be able to balance time for yourself around the workplace. It also involves being able to manage pressures that come with your work.
Occupational wellness requires work that is in line with your values and uses the skills you excel at. It may also include achieving new goals, such as earning more money or going for a promotion.
To cope with stresses, find support from co-workers and friends and take part in out-of-work activities to keep your mind healthy.
This is affected by a number of factors such as diet, exercise and sleep. Having good physical health will keep your body functioning at the optimal level. Activities can range from light to intense. There are so many ways to keep active.
However, there are many people whose health is affected negatively, such as by smoking. A lot of the time, people start smoking because they feel stresses from other aspects in their lives. The health problems of smoking are well known.
People that do stop smoking can go on to live a healthy and happy life, both physically and mentally.
This dimension is about feeling like you belong in the world. To create social wellness, you must be part of a healthy, supporting group.
To build this up, ask a friend to an activity together. This could be a walk in the park or going for a cup of coffee and just relaxing.
This will boost your communication skills and allow you to become more empathetic to others. The social bonds will grow stronger between you.
The final dimension is related to helping you find purpose. This will come in the form of finding people and activities that share the same values and beliefs as yourself.
Spiritual wellness may come from doing some charity work or taking some time out for reflection and meditation. Strong spiritual wellbeing involves having clear, identifiable values.
Be open to new possibilities and you may find experiences that satisfy your spiritual wellbeing in places you would have never thought of.