The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

| by Larissa Tater, under Wellness

Staying healthy does not just consist of eating your fruits and vegetables and exercising. Health and wellness is a full body and mind condition, from the outer influences of the environment down to the emotional influences of your family, friends, and even your job.

Social Wellness: Social Wellness is the ability to relate and connect with other people in the world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends, and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.

Are you socially well?

  • Do I plan time to be with my family and friends?
  • Do I enjoy the time I spend with others?
  • Are my relationships with others positive and rewarding?
  • Do I explore diversity by interacting with people of other cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs?

Making time for family and friends can sometimes seem like a chore in itself in our busy lives; however, a feeling of connectedness with others is essential to humans. If you’re having trouble connecting with others, schedule some time together at the spa, or set aside one day a week to get lunch with someone new. If you have children, set up a play date with other parents. Work toward building meaningful relationships and try to let go of the relationships that present more negative interactions than positive ones.

Emotional Wellness: Emotional Wellness is 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 contributes to our Emotional Wellness.

  • Are you emotionally well?
  • Am I able to maintain a balance of work, family, friends, and other obligations?
  • Do I have ways to reduce stress in my life?
  • Am I able to make decisions with a minimum of stress and worry?
  • Am I able to set priorities?

The Woodhouse Day Spa experience through massage and other services is a great way to relieve stress. Mediation and relaxation techniques are also essential to reducing stress, as well as exercise, especially through the form of yoga. Make time to laugh with friends, and work on setting priorities. Are the items on your list that are stressing you out really that serious? If not, then let them go.

Spiritual Wellness: Spiritual wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.

Are you spiritually well?

  • Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
  • Do I make time for meditation and/or prayer?
  • Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
  • Am I accepting of the views of others?

Visits to the spa should not be the only time that you find time to relax. Set aside a little time each day to rest your mind, whether it’s an hour before bed to read your book or a 20-minute soak in the tub with essential oils, such as calming lavender. Practice mediation to help you become more mindful and reach a place of deep relaxation.

Environmental Wellness: Environmental wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the 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.

Are you environmentally well?

  • Do I recycle?
  • If I see a safety hazard, do I take the steps to fix the problem?
  • Do I volunteer time to worthy causes?
  • Am I aware of my surroundings at all times?

The Woodhouse Day Spa is dedicated to Environmental Wellness and sustainability. We produce spa menus and marketing collateral on carbon neutral, FSC certified, 100% Green-e certified paper. Taking small steps, like riding your bike when possible and starting a home-recycling program, can make a huge difference in our goals toward a better environment. 

Occupational 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 as a whole leads to Occupational Wellness.

Are you occupationally well?

  • Do I enjoy going to work most days?
  • Do I have a manageable workload at work?
  • Do I feel that I can talk to my boss and co-workers with problems arise?

We spend the majority of our days at work, so it’s important that we find those hours fulfilling in order to remain happy. Look for ways to brighten your work day. Try riding your bike to work to start the day off right, or get lunch with a co-worker. Set proper expectations for what you can and cannot do, and say “no” to more work if you can’t handle it at that time. 

Intellectual 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.

Are you intellectually well?

  • Am I open to new ideas?
  • Do I seek personal growth by learning new skills?
  • Do I search for lifelong learning opportunities and stimulating mental activities?
  • Do I look for ways to use creativity?

Feel free to move out of your comfort zone and try new things when you visit The Woodhouse Day Spa. Ask questions and try to learn more about our services so that you may understand what is right for you. Keep a curious mindset wherever you go and don’t be afraid to learn something new.

Physical Wellness: Physical wellness 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. 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.

Are you physically well?

  • Do I know important health numbers, like my cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels?
  • Do I get annual physical exams?
  • Do I avoid using tobacco products?
  • Do I get sufficient amount of sleep?
  • Do I have an established exercise routine?

If you need help with being physically well, then start small. Create habits to help you reach goals. Do you want to drink less alcohol? Try reducing the amount a little each week. Do you want to exercise more? Incorporate three small bursts of 10 minutes of exercise throughout your day, even if it means taking a short walk outside. Make sleep a priority by giving yourself enough time without electronics to wind down before bed.

If you would like to learn more about the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, visit the University of California, Riverside website.

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