National Week of Wellness and the Eight Dimensions
On the third week of September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates the National Wellness Week. In this short week, the administration takes into account all types of wellness. According to the association, there are eight dimensions of wellness in our lives. In this blog, we will discuss all of the different dimensions of wellness, and the steps you can take to improve your overall health.
Emotional health is being able to cope with life and to create satisfying relationships with the people around you. If you are emotionally unhealthy, you may struggle throughout your day-to-day life, and find that people generally don’t want to be around someone who is moody or high-strung.
One way to improve your emotional health is by taking breaths before you react to the stimuli around you. Instead of getting angry or sad too quickly, breathing is a great way to help calm down your body and mind to interpret news in a better way.
Financial health involves your current satisfaction with your financial situation. If you are struggling with money or your finances, it can have an effect on your mood, as well as your health. For instance, worrying about paying bills can distract you from the good things in your life. Financial stress can, unfortunately, disrupt your health in many ways. For instance, it can cloud your mind and fill it with unnecessary worries. And, if you are feeling financially strained, you may want to work more to gain more income for you and your family. The negative aspect of working more is that your body can become exhausted. Rest is important, so sacrificing your earned recreational time is not healthy either.
One way to combat this response to money troubles is to be more active in your saving rituals. This means that you will want to save as much money as you can, so when times get tough, you have some money to fall back on.
Social health is often ignored but is a fundamental element of health. This form of wellness refers to your own sense of connection and building a well-developed support system for yourself. For most of us, this is what a family is. When you connect with your family, it can give you a sense of belonging. It also can reassure yourself that you are not alone and that there are people that love and support you. Of course, your “family” doesn’t necessarily have to be your blood-relatives either. Your support system can come from friends that you have made throughout your life that will stand by you through thick and thin.
To help your social wellness, contacting your loved ones is the first step to improving your health. By calling your “family” and hearing their voice, you can be reaffirmed that you are loved and are connected to other people.
Spiritual wellness is when you want to expand your sense of purpose in life. Your life can be a series of moments and memories scattered over several years, but without purpose to your life, you may feel like your life is small and insignificant. Purpose allows you to use your life to help others and the world around you. But don’t worry, you don’t have to save a kitten from a tree or help an old woman across the street — although both are very nice things that you should do if you have the opportunity to help. The point is, you don’t have to be a superhero, but spiritual wellness is being able to reflect on your life and confidently say you didn’t live it selfishly.
Personal satisfaction and employment enrichment is tied to occupational wellness. You spend most of your time at work more than any other place in your life. Your work not only offers your life purpose and income, but also is how you fill many of the moments in your life. Your job offers you opportunities to learn and grow, no matter what position you are currently in. In employment, there are always things to learn and improve on as well. However, you can fall into routines in which you do nothing knew, or take opportunities to improve your station in life. Being “well” in your job is about being able to say you enjoy your job enough to improve the way you perform and add to the processes of your employment.
One way to improve this source of wellness is by going to work early, setting goals and standards, and talking to upper management about opportunities for yourself.
Intellectual wellness is being able to recognize your own creative abilities. Being an intellectual doesn’t always mean you have to be an ‘A’ student or a math genius. An intellectual is someone who uses their brains to think about the issues and solutions revolving around them. It is about being knowledgeable about the work and using your skills for interpretation to understand what is going on around you.
If you are comfortable in your environment, this is called environmental wellness. Being well in your environment means that you are comfortable, and are allowed to freely express yourself. However, an environment that stifles your creativity would be considered a “suffocating environment.”
One way to improve your environment is to leave and find a new one. Of course, this sounds easy. But, many people live in toxic environments because they feel that there is no way out of them. In order to be well in not just your environment, but some of the other dimensions of wellness written above, you need to feel free in your own world. If you are submissive to someone else, you won’t be able to find who you are as a person. Getting help is the best course of action to leave restrictive environment.
Physical wellness is recognizing your need for physical activity, diet, exercise, and even therapy. Your physical wellness is one of the most important wellness dimensions you have. Without your physical health, many of the other dimensions are skewed or many not even exist. It is important that if you feel you are not improving your physical wellness, you should receive help. Superior Healthcare is here to help you improve your physical body with our chiropractic care, our lipo laser treatments, and so much more!
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