Be healthy using the Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing.

 Most of us want to be well and happy. Even less of us want to actually do something about it. This is because it takes a conservative effort each and every day to be and remain well. The Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing serves as a wonderful guide for us to follow to ensure optimal health.

I have gathered a lot of research on this as there are varying ideas as to what the dimensions or pillars should be. Here, I have outlined the most accepted model by academia.

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Physical Dimension

Physical wellness encompasses a variety of healthy behaviors, including adequate exercise, proper nutrition, and abstaining from harmful habits. 

It means learning about one’s holistic health and identifying any irregular symptoms. Physical wellness means getting regular medical checks and protecting yourself from injury and harm. 

Developing such healthy habits will add years to your life and enhance the enjoyment and quality of those years.

Some Ideas for your best physical wellness:

· Exercise daily

· Get adequate rest

· Use seat belts, helmets, and other protective equipment

· Learn to recognize early signs of illness

· Eat a variety of healthy foods

· eat to live- not live to eat

· Stop smoking and protect yourself against second-hand smoke

· Use alcohol in moderation, if at all.

Emotional Dimension

 Emotional wellness is normally defined as possessing the ability to feel and express balanced human emotions such as happiness, sadness, and anger. It means having the ability to feel empathy and compassion and offer sympathy.

Emotional wellness enables one to love and be loved while achieving a sense of satisfaction in life. Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, self-acceptance, and the ability to share feelings.

Some Ideas for emotional wellness:

· Understand your thoughts and feelings

· Cultivate an optimistic attitude

· Seek and provide support

· Learn time management skills

· Practice stress management techniques

· Accept and forgive yourself.

Intellectual Dimension

The intellectual pillar encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. Our minds need to be continually inspired and exercised just as our bodies do. People who possess a high level of intellectual wellness have an active mind and continue to learn well into old age. 

An intellectually healthy person uses the resources available to expand one’s knowledge and improve skills. Therefore, stimulating the mind through learning and participating in activities is essential.

Ideas for optimum intellectual wellness include

· Take a course or workshop

· Learn (or perfect) a foreign language

· Seek out people who challenge you intellectually

· Read

· Learn to appreciate art.

Social Dimension

Social wellness refers to our ability to interact and contribute successfully in the community.

This means learning good communication skills, developing intimacy with others, and creating a support network of friends and family members.

Social wellness includes showing respect for others and yourself. Contributing to your community and the world builds a sense of belonging.

Ideas for optimum social wellness include

· Cultivate healthy relationships

· Get involved

· Contribute to your community

· Share your talents and skills

· Communicate your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Spiritual Dimension

Spiritual wellness is recognizing that you are more than your body and mind. Spiritual wellness involves practicing guiding beliefs, principles, or values that help guide one’s life. It encompasses a high level of faith, hope, and love to your individual beliefs that provide a sense of meaning and purpose. 

It is a willingness to seek meaning and purpose in human existence, broaden one’s worldview, and appreciate the things that cannot be readily explained or understood.

A spiritually healthy person seeks peace, harmony, and oneness with themselves, others, and the world.

Ideas for optimum spiritual wellness

· Explore your spiritual core

· Spend time alone and meditate regularly

· Be fully present in everything you do

· Listen with your heart and live by your principles

· Allow yourself and those around you the freedom to be who they are

· See opportunities for growth in the challenges life brings you.

Environmental Dimension

Environmental wellness is an awareness of the unstable state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. It consists of maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes environmental harm. It includes being involved in socially responsible activities to protect the environment.

A few Ideas for optimum environmental wellness:

· Stop your electronic and hard junk mail

· Conserve natural resources

· Minimise chemical use

· Reduce, Repurpose, Recycle

· Renew your relationship with the earth

Occupational-Finance Dimension

Occupational and Finance wellness involves preparing and using your gifts, skills, and talents to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life- even in retirement. 

The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is related to your attitude about your work, paid or unpaid. 

Achieving optimal occupational wellness allows you to maintain a positive attitude and experience satisfaction/pleasure in all the work you pursue.

 Occupational wellness means successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding.

Ideas for optimum occupational wellness include

· Explore a variety of career options

· Create a vision for your future

· Choose a career that suits your personality, interests, and talents

· Be open to change and learn new skills.

I hope this blog has inspired you to pursue your wellness- Be well!

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Paula Rose has a Bachelor of Pastoral Counselling and Theology, Vision Christian University, USA

Master of Arts In Counselling & Professional Development, specializing in Spiritual Abuse The University of Derby, UK.

BACP Life Coaching Course, Bristol, UK

A life member of (ISFP) The International Society of Female Professionals.

 Paula Rose Parish is an author, and the founder, of Hope. Faith. Love. She studied at the University of Derby and received a Master of Arts in Counselling in Professional Development. Over the years Paula Rose has served as a pastor, chaplain, counselor, and coach and taught at Christian universities, led workshops and retreats, and spoken worldwide on Christian spirituality. Author of over 100 articles and two books, Paula Rose continues to write on the spiritual life. Paula Rose is adding a string to her bow and is presently reading Health and Wellness. She has four grown children, five grandchildren, and lives in South Wales, UK.

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