The Importance of a Wellness Routine – Especially Now

The Importance of a Wellness Routine – Especially Now

8 Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions, our emotions, and our health (yes – there’s a difference). It’s an ongoing loop. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions. Of course, that’s easier said than done. There are so many things to be stressed out about right now. COVID-19. Job insecurity. Racial tensions. Police brutality. The upcoming election. Let’s not ignore daily stressors that were common 6 months ago, such as having to cook, clean, take care of children, budget, and more. It can be overwhelming, but let’s break it down into the eight dimensions of well-being and then talk about how you can create a wellness routine that meets your needs.

Emotional Wellness: Emotional wellness is all about the ability to understand your feelings, what causes them, and how to cope with the negative ones. It is important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources so you can learn and grow from experiences.

Spiritual Wellness: Spiritual wellness allows you to develop a set of values and beliefs that help you seek meaning and purpose. Spirituality can be represented in many ways, including religion, but it can also be much more personal.

Intellectual Wellness: Intellectual wellness involves having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge. It encourages active participation in scholastic, cultural and community activities (virtually, for now).

Physical Wellness: Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. Physical health is attained through exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and paying attention to the signs of illness and getting help when needed.

Environmental Wellness: Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment.

Financial Wellness: Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it can make a big impact. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety and fear.

Occupational Wellness: Occupational wellness is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and appreciating your contributions. This dimension of wellness encourages personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work. Do you enjoy what you do for a living? Why or why not? What can you do to change things so that you feel more fulfilled? This doesn’t always require a new job – maybe just taking on some new responsibilities within your workplace.

Social Wellness: Social wellness helps you interact with others in social settings effectively and create a support network. This dimension of wellness allows you to not only develop encouraging relationships with peers, intimate relationships with romantic partners, and loving relationships with your family members.

8 Dimensions Wheel Master

The first step in improving your wellness is reflection. Which of the 8 dimensions do you feel are areas in which you are content? Which dimensions need improvement? What steps can you take to improve in these areas? Who can you reflect on this with?

The next step is to set goals for yourself. Start small. If you need to work on your physical wellness, try setting the intention to stretch every morning when you wake up, incorporate a daily walk into your schedule, or develop an exercise routine that suits your schedule.

Step three is to start working on the goals you set. How are you going to achieve them? Who do you know that is excelling in these areas, and what can you learn from them?

The final step is to check in with yourself routinely. What progress have you made? Celebrate your wins, even the tiny ones. What dimensions are still lagging? What has blocked you from improving?

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