Kristin Bogdonas, Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator
Often, people believe their health revolves around our physical health, such as diet and exercise; yet, there's so much more to health. Wellness is multi-dimensional, including physical, financial, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, vocational, and intellectual dimensions. These dimensions should work in harmony to help achieve optimal health and well-being.
Each Monday from February 7- March 28, you will receive an email with a new dimension of wellness to explore, a menu of activities to engage with, and a link to submit your completed activities. By the end of the series, you will have learned about all 8 dimensions and will have hopefully found more balance in your life. Don't worry about getting it perfect; just focus on becoming the best version of you in 2022.
Register between Jan 7 and Feb 6 at: go.illinois.edu/8DimensionsOfWellness
Vocational Wellness | February 7-13
Vocational wellness, also called occupational wellness, explores ways to incorporate and express your values and interests through your work, school, and career. This dimension invites you to look at balancing work and leisure time.
Intellectual Wellness | February 14-20
Intellectual wellness involves many things that keep our brains active and our intellect expanding. In a broad sense, this dimension can involve looking at different perspectives of an issue and taking them into consideration. Through a number of activities—from learning about current events to organizing game nights in your home or community center—you can broaden your perspective and understand diverse points of view.
Social Wellness | February 21-27
Social wellness encourages us to develop a sense of connection and belonging to our community, friends, and family. It helps you perform social roles effectively and comfortably and establish a meaningful support network.
Emotional Wellness | February 28-March 6
Emotional wellness relates to an increased awareness, expression, and acceptance of a wide range of thoughts and feelings in yourself and others. Emotional wellness involves adjusting to emotional challenges, coping with stress, and enjoying life.
Spiritual Wellness | March 7-13
Spiritual wellness helps us develop meaning and purpose to life. Spirituality can be represented in many ways, with or without organized religion. Becoming spiritually well means participating in activities that are consistent with our values and beliefs.
Environmental Wellness | March 14-20
Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings and preserves the areas where we live, learn, and work. Environmental wellness promotes interaction with both nature and your personal environment. It can include occupying spaces that support our well-being.
Financial Wellness | March 21-27
Financial wellness is about meeting all financial needs and feeling secure in future financial situations. Financial well-being is also a highly personal state and how we feel about this state is emotional and individualized.
Physical Wellness | March 28-April 3
Physical wellness relates to maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed. It involves listening to your body and adopting healthy daily habits and behaviors. Physical wellness includes eating a healthy and balanced diet, being physically active, getting adequate sleep, managing stress, getting regular medical check-ups, and abstaining from harmful behaviors. Striving for physical wellness will not only enrich your health, but will also help you maintain your quality of life.