The seven dimensions of wellbeing aims to bring harmony across all facets of life. Image seven circles overlapping and a balanced zen you at the centre of them all. In each of these circles sits one of the following: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, vocational, social and environmental.
These interconnected elements all contribute to our quality of life. Over the course of our lifetime it is only natural that our focus will vary and shift between them, but if we neglect one area for too long our overall wellbeing will suffer.
Nourish your mind, body, heart and spirit, and take a more holistic look at your health and happiness.
Emotions are a great thing: joy, sadness, anger, fear, contempt, surprise, disgust. Did you know all our feelings are derived from these seven? None are good, none are bad. They just are. Being at peace with your emotions and able to express them is the hallmark of happiness. Suppressing feelings eats away at us, and makes everything that little bit worse. Ever felt that relief after you’ve expressed something that was weighing you down? When we are emotionally balanced we are more able to handle the curveballs life throws at us.
LIFE HACK: Start a gratitude journal. Write down three things you are thankful for everyday and you’ll learn to be more optimistic along the way.
Like our bodies, our minds also need to be exercised. The more you use your brain, the more agile it becomes. Our brain is like a sponge. The more you concentrate, the longer you can focus. The more active your brain is, the better your memory retention. This is particularly important as we age, as studies have shown it helps minimise alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.
LIFE HACK: Do that puzzle, sudoko or crossword. Learn a new language. Practise the art of concentration. Read a novel. Keep up to date on current events. Be creative, and keep learning. Tap into the world of possibilities out there.
Physical wellbeing looks at rejuvenating our bodies through what we do, eat and drink. Things like exercising, understanding nutrition, and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle all play a vital role. By developing healthy habits today you are ensuring the wellbeing of your future self.
LIFE HACK: Learn one food fact per week. What is avocado good for? What should you eat if you’re lacking in energy? Knowledge is everything. Minimise processed foods and aim to exercise at least three times a week.
Those who are social have been proven to lead happier, healthier and longer lives. Good communication, intimacy and harmonious relationships promote social wellbeing. Iron out those difficulties with your family, and invest in relationships with good friends.
LIFE HACK: Make time for the best people in your life. Spend quality time together. Try the game where everyone puts their phone in the middle of the table. The first person to pick it up has to pay for the meal.
This is about knowing your direction in life, listening to your gut and internal compass. As we come to peace with ourselves we are able to be more decisive, and make decisions in tune with what we actually want. We learn to be more compassionate and less judgemental. We are constantly growing, learning and having new epiphanies, so this is a life long journey.
LIFE HACK: Meditation helps infinitely in our daily lives. It assists us with knowing ourselves better, tapping into what we really want and feeling at peace with the decisions we've made. Try our 21 day app if you haven't yet. If you already have give it a second go.
The sad reality is we spend the majority of our lives at work, so you’d hope you loved the work you do. Ideally we find a career that makes use of our natural talents and strengths so that we can find enrichment and meaning in our work.
LIFE HACK: Brainstorm your strengths and what you enjoy. Reflect on how this compares to the work you do. Try think of ways to merge the two closer. Maybe you can up-skill and take a course that helps you move into a new direction. Or start a hobbie that allows you to be more fulfilled on the side like photography, writing, cooking or naturopathy.
This was only recently added to the wellbeing list, and yet it’s becoming more and more crucial in today’s ever-changing world. Environmental wellbeing is not only about being aware of the impact of your actions, but also feeling connected to the world and your external environment.
LIFE HACK: Spend time outdoors, there’s no greater way to appreciate and feel in tune with our planet.