8 Dimensions of Wellness Series

Self-guided weekly series, Mondays Jan 9 to Feb 27

University of Illinois Extension has a great opportunity to help you reset your health journey in all areas of your life for the New Year. Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator leading the program said, "Often, people only think of health as physical, but it's actually multi-dimensional and includes physical, financial, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, vocational, and intellectual dimensions. These eight dimensions should work in harmony to help achieve optimal health and well-being."

How it Works

You can learn more about each dimension when you join us for a holistic health reset. Every Monday from January 9 to February 27, 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. (If you don't have access to email, we can mail the information to you.) By the end of the series, you will have learned about all 8 dimensions to incorporate more balance in your life.

Register by Jan 6 to participate.
Sign up at go.illinois.edu/8DimensionsHealthReset

BONUS: Complete the series and the post-assessment to receive a prize to help inspire you on your continued health journey! (Prizes are reserved for Illinois residents of the counties served by our unit: Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark.)

Dates and Topics for the Series:

Vocational Wellness | January 9-15
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 | January 16 - 22
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 | January 23 - 29
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 | January 30 - February 5
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 | Feb 6-12
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 | Feb 13-19
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.

Physical Wellness | Feb 20 - 26
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.

Financial Wellness | Feb 27 - Mar 6
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.