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The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness means overall well-being. It incorporates the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a person’s life. Each aspect of wellness can affect overall quality of life, so it is important to consider all aspects of health. This is especially important for people with mental and substance use disorders because wellness directly relates to the quality and longevity of your life.  No matter what your background these are the main facets to life and is imperative to exercise each to reach your full potential of happiness in life.

Emotional- Develop skills and strategies to cope with stress.

Environmental- Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support wellbeing.

Intellectual- Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.

Physical- Realizing the need for physical activity, diet, sleep and nutrition.

Occupational- personal satisfaction and enrichment derived from one’s work.

Spiritual- Search for meaning and purpose of the human experience.

Social- Developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well- developed support system.

Financial- Satisfaction with current and future financial situations



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2. Swarbrick, M. (2006). A wellness approach. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29,(4) 311- 314.