Hello from inside the well!
Today I want to write about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, which is a widely used model that represents the different components of wellness. This framework is a useful tool that can help anyone assess how fulfilled they are feeling in different areas of their life, and can help us determine if we are spending too much time focusing on a particular area while neglecting others. Using organizational strategies to help us gainperspective and clarity can be immensely important in reducing feelings of anxiety or the sense that you’re out of control.
I was introduced to the Eight Dimensions during my internship at the mental health association, where the model is frequently used in psychoeducation groups. Here are the eight dimensions and a small explanation as provided on SAMHSA’s website:
Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
Financial–Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep
Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
Spiritual—Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life
(A diagram of the eight dimensions)
I really enjoy creating worksheets and developing ways to organize, so I used this post as an opportunity to create a simple worksheet for anyone to use. On the left you can do a check in to see how you are nourishing the dimensions of your wellness, and on the right you can write ways you could enhance specific areas.
If you hadn’t previously heard of the eight dimensions of wellness, I hope you enjoyed this introduction. Thanks for stopping by the well!