#FCCLAgetshealthy: The Seven Dimensions of Wellness
By Maddie Comer, VP of Parliamentary Law
As summer approaches, have you been thinking about your Student Body lately? When most people hear the word healthy, their mind immediately goes to the physical aspects of health. While health encompasses a person’s physical qualities, it also includes emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, occupational, and intellectual wellness. These are known as the Seven Dimensions of Wellness. These characteristics of life collectively contribute to your overall health and help you live a purposeful life.
Consider planning a chapter project or workshop by using the Seven Dimensions.
Physical: The physical dimension includes exercise, nutrition, and healthy habits. It is encouraged that people get adequate exercise that is balanced by a healthy nutritional intake along with not using harmful substances like smoking, drugs, and alcohol. To achieve this, make sure you get plenty of sleep, take part in physical activities, eat balanced meals, and stay away from bad influences.
Emotional: The emotional dimension focuses on feelings and expressing a variety of emotions. People should not only be able to feel happy but also be able to feel sad or angry. These feelings help with optimism, management, and forgiveness. Methods of attaining emotional wellness include building a support system, developing time management, and learning how to manage stress.
Social: Social wellness is centered on communication with others, developing relationships, and networking. This aspect builds your confidence and helps you find your sense of belonging in the world. To accomplish social wellness, try participating in community events, reconnecting with old friends, or connecting with people you don’t know.
Spiritual: Spirituality is guidance people look for through beliefs, principles, and values. Spiritual wellness tests a person’s commitment and can be developed by using your curiosity, exploring the world around you, and finding opportunities to grow as a person.
Environmental: What the earth can provide for you and how you treat it affects your environmental wellness. Many people calculate their ecological footprint to determine their environmental healthiness. This helps them determine how they can conserve their resources or treat the world better. Tips for environmental wellness include recycling, reducing your CO2 emissions, and using less water.
Occupational: Occupational wellness is not about having a high-salary job that is desired by others. It is focused on people doing what brings them joy and makes them feel fulfilled in life. A happy career helps you live a happy life. To find occupational wellness try exploring all of your career options, set your goals, and be accepting of change.
Intellectual: Intellectual wellness is the willingness to learn and be open to new things. This encourages people to apply new things for the betterment of their life and others. People looking to improve their intellectual wellness should consider volunteering in areas of their community they are not familiar with, reading, or participating in challenging activities.
Now put these ideas to work for you!
Maddie Comer, VP of Parliamentary Law