Dr Peggy Swarbrick’s research (2012) on the eight (8) dimensions of wellbeing can be your roadmap. By understanding these dimensions, you can uncover what you truly value, identify your strengths, and pinpoint the areas for growth.
Prioritising your wellbeing isn’t just a personal journey – it can be a financial or business strategy. Investing in your wellbeing directly impacts your success. Think improved productivity, reduced stress levels, improved relationships with your family, friends and team, and better overall performance are just some of the benefits.
The Physical Wellness Dimension involves things that keep us active and healthy. Our physical wellbeing is important to our mental health, longevity and ensuring we live our best lives. This means building good physical health habits, having a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and having the appropriate health care for our needs.
The Intellectual Wellness Dimension involves things that keep our brains active and our intellect expanding. It’s about mastering new skills, learning new things or helping to educate others. Having the time and resources to keep your mind active and supporting your loved ones can help you live a long life.
The Spiritual Wellness Dimension is a broad concept that represents one’s personal beliefs and values and involves having meaning, purpose, and a sense of balance and peace. It includes being able to volunteer your time to support causes that mean something to you and help others to live a more purposeful life.
The Emotional Wellness Dimension involves the ability to express feelings, adjust to emotional challenges, cope with life’s stressors, and enjoy life. It includes building and nurturing relationships to strengthen our support networks and ensure we have the resources to spend time and money on those we love the things we enjoy.
The Financial Wellness Dimensions addresses your financial wellbeing. It covers your income, debt, savings and investments as well as your financial literacy. It also means having the resources to support and protect those you love. You need to be confident in your current financial situation or your future financial prospects.
The Occupational Wellness Dimension involves aligning your work to what you value in life. Ensuring that you pursue work that has meaning and purpose and reflects your values, interests and beliefs. Living your best life means work shouldn’t feel like work.
The Social Wellness Dimension involves having health relationships with friends, family and the community. Living your best life means living a life where you participate with others you care about and have the time to do so.
The Environmental Wellness Dimension involves living in an environment that promotes positive wellbeing. Such as preserving areas where we can live, learn and work, providing pleasant, stimulating environments that support our wellbeing and offers natural places and spaces to promote learning, and relaxation.