The concept of wellness is to develop habits that support ongoing health versus only treating illness and/or injury.  Until recently, wellness has traditionally focused on physical and mental health.

This year, we’re upgrading wellness to incorporate the “8 Dimensions of Wellbeing”.  First, acknowledge the parts of life that impact your ability to live well so you have the energy and mindset to tackle areas of your health that could use improvement.

  1. Financial Health means feeling satisfied and secure with your current and future financial situation.
  2. Environmental Health encourages positivity in a pleasant and stimulating environment.
  3. Emotional Health means you can cope effectively with life’s twists and turns.
  4. Spiritual Health provides a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
  5. Social Health enables you to develop connections and a sense of belonging in a support system.
  6. Physical Health encompasses physical activity, proper nutrition, and replenishing rest/sleep.
  7. Career Health creates personal satisfaction and enrichment from your work.
  8. Intellectual Health supports your creative side, expands your knowledge base, and grows your skillset.

Talk to your doctor about the things in your life that matter to you.  “Unmentionables” like strained relationships, financial stress, and unfulfilled career goals can stand in the way of attaining better health. A study by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease reports that 46.7% of all deaths in the U.S. could have been avoided by simply getting a regular physical.

Addressing the issues that really matter enables you to accept yourself as you are and provides a foundation for changes, if necessary.  That acceptance gives you the ability and confidences to share your gifts with others and receive encouragement from a supportive community.  Your example can influence – and even save – someone’s life!