In our last Facebook Live Learning Session with Wendy Johnstone, she discussed the term Dimensions of health. Dimensions of health include, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual and physical. What do these areas of health mean to you? To provide you a deeper understanding of dimensions of health, here is a breakdown of each area.
Emotional health is linked to feeling good about oneself, self-awareness, coping skills, and communications skills. Social health is having stable and satisfying relationships (community, family and friends), support systems (formal and informal), and activities and socializing.
Intellectual well-being includes learning and education, flexing your mind muscle through active learning or creativity.
Physical health includes fitness, nutrition, sleep, fragility scale, medical care, lifestyle and genetics.
And spirituality is believing in a purpose greater than oneself and making meaning of one’s life. This includes having love, hope, faith and charity, such as being of service to others or participating in activities and communities of faith.
As you explore these various aspects of your own well-being, consider what needs your attention the most. What are you already doing? Is there an area that you can add to or refine? Are there blocks to making a change and what support do you need to make changes? As you reflect on your practices of self-care and continue to integrate self-care strategies, we encourage you to celebrate your successes and learn from your mistakes.
Exploring Dimensions of Health
Here is a suggestion to review your current self-care practices and to consider how you might continue to develop them: Pick one dimension of health to focus on each week, consider possible action steps and write out the step for that one action in the table.
Each dimension of your health is inter-connected and while you consider them here one at a time, we know that well-being is related to the inter-connected aspects of ourselves, which include all these dimensions together.
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