Today I’d like to talk about the 8 dimensions of wellness. When we think of wellness, sometimes we tend to fall into the trap of thinking that wellness just encompasses physical wellness. However, wellness is much more than just that!
As a human being, we are all complicated creatures, affected by different things in our lives, involved in many different activities, surrounded by different people. However, many of us strive for similar things, we want to be happy, we want to find balance, we want to feel satisfied, we want to have meaning in our lives.
When we talk about those terms, sometimes it can get a little fuzzy and we might not know where to begin or what it means to feel happy, have balance, feel satisfied, or find meaning. These 8 dimensions of wellness can act as a guide, a guide to help you live a more value-driven life.
Achieving the 8 dimensions of wellness with the help of counselling in Singapore
Spiritual: Experiencing or seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself (e.g. The universe, god, the divine)
- Go to a place of worship
Emotional: Being attuned to your emotions, knowing what you are feeling in the moment and how to manage those feelings
- Practice mindfulness
- Talk to others about your feelings
Physical: Ensuring the health of your physical body through sufficient sleep, healthy food, enough exercise
- Practicing sleep hygiene
- Eating food that nourish your body and soul
Intellectual: Keeping your mind active and stimulated through learning new things, engaging in stimulating conversations
- Attend courses
- Continually improve your knowledge
Social: Spending time with people who give you energy and not drain you
- Notice who are the energy drainers and givers
- Set boundaries
- Spend time with important friends and family
Environmental: Being in environments that promote your wellbeing and taking care of spaces and nature around you
- Spend time in nature
- Replant trees
- Use biodegradable products
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
Financial: Learning how to spend, save, and invest money wisely
- Plan your finances
- Have a budget
- Mindful shopping
Occupational: Finding fulfilment at work while finding balance in other parts of life
- Find meaning in the work you do
- Do a career assessment to understand your interests
- Find a work-life balance
- Take breaks and set boundaries
Tips from a psychologist in Singapore:
- Take a look into each of your wellness categories and write what it would look like ideally to you: Spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, social, environmental, and financial (e.g. Spiritual: I would like to be able to meditate at least once a day for 20mins each day)
- Assess where you are on each category on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being that you are fully living up to the value (e.g. Spiritual 5/10)
- See where the gap is and write 1 step that you need to do to get there (e.g. Spiritual: Search for a local meditation group on the internet and send them a message to join them by the end of the week)
- Seek the right guidance if you need (e.g. Spiritual: I will connect with 3 meditation teachers through LinkedIn and get some beginning tips from them)
- Get a guide to journey with you (e.g. Engage a psychologist, counsellor, mentor, coach)
Everyone is on a different journey in life, however, each journey is not a journey that you need to walk alone. There are approximately 7.8 billion people on this planet, and 7.8 billion people’s journey might not be exactly the same, but there will be at least 1 other person who will walk a similar journey as you. If you are able to find the right guide to take you along this journey, your journey will be easier and your guide can provide you tips that can help you choose the path of least resistance.
Get to know yourself, your body, listen to your body. If you start respecting and taking care of your body the right way, your body will also start respecting and taking care of you.
If you are ready to start on your journey, we want to be on that journey with you. Reach out to us today! Let our counsellors, coaches, and psychologists be the guide to walk you through the journey of life.