We engage in and improve our wellness when we pursue activities and follow behaviors that benefit us. I’ve written a whole post about what wellness consists of and the principles behind it. This post suggests a few specific activities and behaviors for each different dimension of wellness.
In another post where I discuss how habits work and are formed, I write about how building habits can help automate good behaviors and eliminate bad ones. By developing habits for specific dimensions of wellness, you make the work of improving yourself infinitely easier. Below are some suggestions of habits you can form for the different dimensions of wellness.
Physical wellness is the dimension concerned with your body. It includes physical activity and nutrition, as well as maintaining health.
- Exercise or otherwise engage in physical activity daily
- Set fitness goals for yourself to achieve
- Take care of your body via self-care
- Focus on eating home-cooked nutritious food
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
- Drink water (and tea)
- Get adequate sleep
Environmental wellness refers to the world around us. It’s about educating ourselves about and taking care of our environment.
- Seek to minimize your environmental impact
- Practice eco-conscious habits
- Educate yourself about the environment
- Help improve your community through volunteering
- Spend time outside
Financial wellness recognizes the impact poorly managed finances can have on our overall wellness and seeks to prevent it.
- Track and manage your spending
- Have a safety net
- Create and follow a budget
Learn more by reading my 5 rules for financial wellness.
Occupational wellness (or academic wellness) is concerned with our satisfaction at work or in school. This includes relationships with peers as well as finding personal meaning.
- Set career goals for yourself
- Manage workplace conflict
- Explore different career paths and options
Intellectual wellness covers the curious and creative natures of our minds.
- Cultivate curiosity
- Engage in creative activities
- Pursue lifelong learning
- Read and expose yourself to different opinions
Emotional wellness refers to our ability to recognize, accept, and manage our emotions and stressors, and good emotional wellness promotes resilience.
- Foster awareness of emotions through mindfulness
- Practice acceptance of your emotions
- Recognize indicators of stress
- Develop your sense of self
- Take needed me-time
- Don’t stress what you can’t change
Social wellness encompasses our relationships with others as well as partly with ourselves.
- Actively listen to others
- Maintain interpersonal relationships
- Practice respecting others
- Foster self-confidence
- Spend time with positive people
Spiritual wellness is the dimension of wellness concerned with our beliefs, values, and worldview.
- Explore and expand your beliefs, values, and world view
- Find purpose by living according to your values
- Surround yourself with a sense of community
- Do good for others
- Pick up meditation
Wellness is all about actively engaging in the activities and behaviors that will bring you the results you are looking for. That’s why it’s the perfect place to apply what we know about forming habits.