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Wellness & Wealth:  Why a New Focus on Personalized & Balanced Way is Key (Part 2)

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Wellness & Wealth:  Why a New Focus on Personalized & Balanced Way is Key (Part 2)

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Introduction

Welcome to Part 2 of our exploration into the vital connection between “Wellness & Wealth” and the dimensions of wellness. In part 1, we explored:

In this installment, we’ll dive deeper into the concept of wellness, unveiling the remaining five of the eight dimensions that encompass this holistic approach to a fulfilling life. As we continue this journey, we’ll shine a spotlight on “Quality of Life” as the nucleus of wellness, showing how a balanced focus on these dimensions can truly enrich our lives and lead to greater wealth, both in financial and personal terms. Let’s delve into the heart of wellness and its transformative power.

  • The concept of wellness,
  • Its relationship with wealth,
  • Wellness being a personal journey, and
  • Introduced three of the dimensions of wellness
    • Physical wellness (body)
    • Intellectual wellness (mind)
    • Emotional wellness (mind)
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The Next Five Dimensions of Wellness

A diagram dimensions of wellness with different colors.  8-dimensions of wellness.

Before we unveil the remaining five dimensions of wellness, let’s review all eight dimensions of wellness.

The eight dimensions of wellness are:

1.  Physical Wellness (body)

2.  Intellectual Wellness (mind)

3.  Emotional Wellness (mind)

4.  Spiritual Wellness (spirit)

5.  Occupational Wellness (element of life)

6.  Financial Wellness (element of life)

7.  Social Wellness (element of life)

8.  Environmental Wellness (element of life)

Now, let’s begin where we left off with #4 Spiritual Wellness.

#4 Spiritual Dimension of Wellness

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What is it?

Spiritual wellness is about finding meaning and purpose in life.  While seeking fulfillment beyond material possessions, spiritual wellness involves exploring your:

  • core values
  • beliefs
  • principles.

Keep in mind, spirituality can manifest itself in many forms, including:

  • Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Art
  • Music
  • Nature, or
  • Simply spending quiet time alone reflecting on one’s thoughts and feelings.

Finally, practicing gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion towards oneself and others is another aspect of spiritual wellness.

When Does it Occur?

Ultimately, spiritual wellness occurs when the following are in a state of balance.

  • Your actions
  • Your thoughts
  • Your emotions

  Spiritual wellness occurs when you can develop a mindset and way of life that promotes:

  • Peace
  • Harmony
  • Balanced development in all areas.

When this occurs, your spirit resonates with a state of contentment, and you experience this as spiritual wellness.

Consequently, when you are out of sync with the needs of your spirit, you experience great amounts of:

  • Stress
  • Frustration
  • Confusion
  • Negative emotion

How to Consider the Wellness of Your Spirit

However, there are two things you can do if you learn these two things. If you learn how to:

  1. Stay quietly aware of the subtle requests that your spirit puts forward, and
  2. Respond accordingly,

Then, you can:

  1. Keep an ever-watchful eye over the proceedings of the spirit and
  2. Ensure that your spirit gets just the right amount of focus and attention that it needs. 

The most important thing to recognize when considering the wellness of your spirit is whether or not you are experiencing an excessive amount of negativity in your life.

This does not refer to people in the external world.  Your spirit is well and truly aware of the negative appointments to which most people hold their minds.  What this actually refers to is your own self-being.

  • Do you experience many negative emotional states?
  • Are your thoughts consumed by worries and fears?
  • Are you angry or harboring frustration that is not dealt with?
  • Do you feel oppressed or depressed?

Furthermore, when considering your spiritual wellness, you must be completely honest with yourself.

Do you genuinely feel:

  • Satisfied and happy with your life?
  • Satisfied with your thoughts and emotions?
  • Satisfied with your ability and capacity for living?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you must inquire into yourself and dedicate time and energy to rectifying that which has not found the right balance.

#5 Wellness & Wealth: Occupational Dimension of Wellness

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The occupational dimension of wellness refers to loving what you do and finding fulfillment in your career.  Many people spend most of their waking hours working, which makes it essential to enjoy what you do.

Finding a job, career, or business venture that aligns with your passions and strengths increases occupation satisfaction and reduces stress levels. Taking breaks throughout the day, practicing good ergonomics, and setting boundaries between work and personal life can further enhance occupational wellness.

Occupational wellness is creating a healthy balance between work and leisure time.  It entails managing workplace stress and forming healthy relationships with co-workers.  Another important aspect of occupational wellness involves finding your true calling and exploring various career options to find the right fit.

#6 Wellness & Wealth: Financial Dimension of Wellness

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The financial dimension of wellness is an important aspect of overall wellness that most people often overlook.  It includes factors such as:

  • Income
  • Debt levels
  • Savings
  • Investments, and
  • Retirement planning

When you have good financial wellness, it can reduce stress and improve your quality of life.  On the other hand, poor financial wellness can lead to increased:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Physical illnesses

Financial worries are one of the greatest contributors to stress on a societal level.  To achieve a state of holistic wellness, this dimension is of utmost importance because it has a profound effect on your:

  • Mind
  • Physical health
  • Spirit
  • Quality of life.

A CNN survey found that a majority of people attributed financial difficulties as their greatest source of stress.

Learning how to successfully manage financial expenses and avoid financial stress, which is a common source of anxiety, fear, and stress are both key aspects to consider on your road to wellness.

#7 Wellness & Wealth: Social Dimension of Wellness

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The social dimension of wellness is all about building strong connections and relationships with others.  Humans are inherently social creatures, and our interactions with others play a significant role in shaping our lives.

Socializing with people who share similar interests and values creates a sense of belonging and community. Cultivating deep friendships and romantic partnerships can improve your quality of life by providing:

  • Love
  • Support
  • Companionship.

Therefore, building stronger social ties is important when it comes to developing social wellness. Some ways to build stronger social ties include:

  • Volunteering
  • Joining clubs or groups
  • Participating in team sports

The social dimension of wellness plays a critical role in achieving the highest level of well-being possible.  It refers to human connections that facilitate a sense of belonging with other humans.  Relationships play a key role in how you feel and how you perceive your existence.

#8 Wellness & Wealth: Environmental Dimension of Wellness

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The environmental dimension of wellness refers to the wellness of the world, the planet, and your role in it.

Environmental wellness is about living in harmony with nature and your surroundings.  Spending time outdoors in natural settings like

  • parks
  • gardens
  • beaches

has many benefits for both physical and mental health.  In fact, connecting with nature:

  • lowers stress hormones
  • improves mood
  • boosts immunity.

Additionally, creating a safe and comfortable home environment free from hazards and clutter contributes to environmental wellness.  There are ways you can promote sustainability and protect the planet for future generations. Some of those ways include using:

  • Eco-friendly products
  • Conserving resources
  • Reducing waste

There you have it.  The eight dimensions of wellness.  All of them are equally important and each affect the other.  However, another important aspect of wellness is still missing.  At the center of the eight dimensions of wellness is quality of life.

Center of Wellness:  Quality of Life

A diagram of quality of life, health, wealth, and stability.

What is Quality of Life?

One of the things that helps you develop wellness is paying attention to your quality of life. 

Quality of life refers to the level of complete
balance that you do or do not have in all areas of life

If your quality of life is low, you feel:

  • Depressed, or
  • Suppressed or
  • Oppressed.

On the other hand, when your quality of life is high, you then feel that you can do anything, and you are happy and content with the way your life is going.

Quality of life is something that can be improved but first you must identify any areas of your life that you feel are lacking.

This has a lot to do with spiritual wellness.  By taking care of your spiritual needs, you feel a great sense of contentment. You feel contentment, even if your external circumstances (meaning the world and people around you) appear to be in a state of discord.

What Affects Quality of Life

  • Quality of life is greatly affected by all the dimensions of wellness.

By investigating all the areas of wellness and ensuring that everything receives a fair amount of attention, you improve your quality of life and your ability for developing the things that need to be improved or enhanced.

Ultimately, this includes

  • Home
  • Work
  • Play.

By this, we are referring to:

  • What you do for a living on a daily basis,
  • The environment you actually live in and spend most of your time in, and
  • The things you do when you have time for yourself.

By ensuring that all of these areas are conducive towards either the maintenance or the development of wellness, then you are fully working towards having the highest quality of life that you possibly can.

Ultimately, achieving total wellness requires attention to all eight dimensions of wellness. By focusing on each area and striving for balance, you can live your best life possible.  Remember, wellness isn’t just about looking good or feeling good, but rather about living your life to the fullest potential.

Conclusion

We have now

  • Introduced the remaining five of the eight dimensions of wellness,
  • Introduced quality of life & the importance of balance, and
  • Explained how this approach and way can lead to a richer, fuller life.

In our next post, we will take a deeper dive into wellness and explore the 8 key characteristics of wellness.

Additional Resources

Dimensions of wellness: Change your habits, change your life

WHO Health Promotion Glossary: new terms

Wealth Matters for Health Equity

What is Wealth

What is Wellness

WHOQOL: Measuring Quality of Life.

Quality of Life

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