Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness is an active process of being aware and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, is an ongoing process of change and growth. There are eight dimensions of wellness; emotional environmental financial intellectual occupational physical social and spiritual. Each dimension of wellness is interconnected with the others and all are equally important in the pursuit of optimum health.

One can reach an optimal level by understanding how to maintain and improve each dimension and by creating balance., Understand your feelings. Express them to people you trust and maintain a positive outlook. It's important to pay attention to self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner resources so you can learn and grow from your experiences. Find surroundings that encourage good physical and mental health and also where you feel safe. A positive environment has a calming effect. Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is aware and respectful of our surroundings. Make it a point to understand your finances. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough impacts health as well as academic performance. Establish good financial habits and plan for the future. Be a lifelong learner by expanding your knowledge and finding creative outlets that stimulate your mind and sense of curiosity. Be open to new ideas, insights and wisdom. Actively participate in scholastic, cultural and community activities. Look for satisfaction from things you're passionate about, whether they are part of work, school or volunteering. Find ways to engage in occupational endeavors and feel appreciation for the value in your contribution.

Reduce your risk from many illnesses by increasing activity levels according to your abilites. Get restful sleep at night, choose healthy foods and explore the outdoors to reduce stress and increase energy levels. A sense of belonging and a reliable support system help during difficult times. Make at least one social connection daily. Seek advice from peers or support groups and create healthy friendships. Enhancing your connections to self, nature and others brings balance and peace to your life. Disconnect from distractions and be mindful, discover what values and beliefs are most important to you. Striving to maintain or make small improvements to the eight dimensions of wellness is the key to your overall health. The pursuit of continued growth and balance, and the eight dimensions of wellness will lead to a better quality of life in this module you will explore each dimension and how nutrition plays a vital role in being the best you.

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