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Every aspect of your life — the place you live, the people you live with, your friends and acquaintances, the things you do or don’t do, the things you own, your work, even things like pets, music, and colour affect how you feel.

8 Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness means overall well-being. It incorporates the different aspects of your life. Each aspect of wellness can affect overall quality of life, so it is important to consider all aspects of health (1). 

  • Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  • Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  • Financial–Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  • Intellectual —Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  • Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
  • Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep
  • Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  • Spiritual—Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life

 

These are some areas of your life you may want to develop further. If you are working with a clinician the Recovery Star is one tool that can assist with adressing these different areas.

For more information about the 8 dimensions of wellness: 8 Dimensions of Wellness Booklet, The wellness centreSAMHSA wellness poster.

 

  

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

 

 

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