The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness or “The Eight” as I like to refer to it is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The model I use in my coaching practice and wellness community includes emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social wellness. Each of these eight dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to one’s quality of life.
“Wellness for an entrepreneurial soul integrates body, mind and spirit setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom.”
- BIZ COACH MEL
Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand and cope with the challenges that life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our Emotional Wellness.
Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop alignment between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds mankind together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.
Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.
Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check-ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.
Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, water and land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellness.
Financial Wellness is the ability to manage money responsibly. Our ability to establish a personal budget, save more than spend and prevent detrimental habits (living above your means, spending money you do not have, letting money define you) will lead to our Financial Wellness.
Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society leads to Occupational Wellness.
Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.
I love working with entrepreneurs on their business, but I am equally passionate about and committed to helping entrepreneurs live their best life through wellness and well-being. Through my coaching, writing and speaking engagements, I facilitate the necessary awareness and mindset to make the behavioral changes essential to achieve living a healthy and well balanced life. Follow me @bizcoachmel to get empowered with inspiration, tools, resources, tips, encouragement and support in every step of your wellness journey.