6 Dimensions of Wellness
March 1, 2016 marked the launch of my new initiative, the Selfishly Happy Academy. The goal of the program is to unite women in the spirit of community to encourage, educate and empower us to live and excel in our own happiness. I am a career coach. In order to help my clients lead happy and rewarding careers and to find meaning and satisfaction in their work I often use a wellness model to address the whole person.
There are various models with six, seven and even eight dimensions. I typically use a six dimension model to evaluate overall wellness. During the 30-day Selfishly Happy Academy, participants will be challenged to strengthen their whole selves using the six dimensions of wellness model. The dimensions are:
- Social: The ability to relate to and connect with other people in the world. This includes our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with friends, family and co-workers.
- Emotional: The ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges 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.
- Spiritual: Includes a deep appreciation of life and a connection to something larger than yourself.
- Physical: Is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
- Occupational: is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives.
- Intellectual: is the ability to open our minds to new ideas, to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning.
Every dimension impacts the other. It is not possible to fully address one dimension without giving some thought to the others. How would you rate yourself in each area? What ideas can you share for strengthening one or more of the dimensions?