Dimensions of Wellness: The Great Eight
Physical Wellness: Maintaining your ability to keep a thriving physical lifestyle that fits your level of mobility and fitness and actively caring for your mental and physical health and wellbeing. Physical wellness includes: discovering and maintaining healthy physical and nutritional habits, avoiding or minimizing risky behaviors (ie use of alcohol and other drugs, engaging in safe sexual practices), completing routine medical exams and screenings and immunizations.
Emotional Wellness: Ability to constructively respond to and manage emotional responses and develop positive interpersonal skills. Emotional wellness includes: practicing self-care, building of coping strategies, developing resiliency, engaging in satisfying relations, refining emotional intelligence and practicing self-advocacy and personal responsibility.
Social Wellness: Recognizing and acting in accordance with normal and values appropriate to the setting, understating the role of diversity within your community, making positive, meaningful connections and fostering positive habits of inclusion and support. Social wellness includes: taking an active part in your community, learning about issues impacting diversity and inclusion, participating in activities and groups within your community, and getting to know those around you.
Vocational Wellness: Seeking out and leveraging opportunities that will allow you to pursue your career goals and lead a meaningful life. Vocational wellness includes: actively exploring career options, proactively career planning, regularly engaging in professional development opportunities, assessing the quality of work life balance.
Financial Wellness: Developing skills to proactively manage your unique financial situation to successfully meet short and long-term goals and obligations. Financial wellness includes: developing skills to make informed financial decisions, being a steward of personal finances and living within ones means, setting goals and practicing spending habits to address immediate and future financial needs, and learning how to effectively manage in emergency situations.
Intellectual Wellness: Engaging in lifelong learning that is mentally stimulating and includes challenging activities. Intellectual wellness includes: learning new ideas and concepts; fostering curiosity, developing creativity, considering different points of view, and engaging in responsible decision making.
Spiritual Wellness: Development of meaningful purpose for ones actions and life pursuits and making a connection between the mind, body and soul. Spiritual wellness includes: exploration of ones place in the world, developing a life passion and/or purpose, making peace with difficult situations and experiences, becoming in tune with your needs and the needs of others, practicing self-reflection and gratitude.
Environmental Wellness: Adoption of habits and a lifestyle that is environmentally sustainable and respectful of the resources available. Environmental wellness includes: considering the impact of resource utilization, appropriate disposal of items, limiting excessive/unnecessary consumption of resources, being aware of social practices and expectations in public spaces.