The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Posted by Annie Keough on August 10, 2022


The term “wellness” has become a popular buzzword over the past few years. Some may think that wellness rests solely on a single dimension, like physical or emotional well-being. While it may vary in definition from person to person, wellness is a holistic unification that combines every aspect of a person’s life and encourages them to live life purposefully.

There are eight main dimensions of wellness that influence each other and combine to create overall positive well-being. The eight dimensions of wellness are:

  •      1. Emotional
  •      2. Environmental
  •      3. Financial 
  •      4. Physical 
  •      5. Intellectual 
  •      6. Social 
  •      7. Spiritual 
  •      8. Vocational

Achieving holistic well-being relies on all dimensions of wellness, and neglecting any one dimension too much may cause a ripple effect on the others. However, according to the National Library of Medicine, they don’t have to be equally balanced. Finding your own “personal harmony” between the eight dimensions is essential in achieving a personalized wellness lifestyle that works for you.

You can begin by designating the dimensions that are most applicable to your lifestyle or the ones that hold the most value and create a plan to work on them to better yourself.

What the eight dimensions can do for you

Focusing on all dimensions of wellness can lead to an increase in self-awareness, making you more conscious of who you are and where your strengths and weaknesses lie. By knowing yourself better, you can begin to enact changes in your routine or daily habits by using those strengths to capitalize on opportunities or improve your weaknesses. 

Changing everyday habits can have a significant impact on your quality of life by increasing overall happiness and bringing us closer to achieving our goals. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association (SAMHSA) uses the eight dimensions of wellness to promote healthy routines and habits for those struggling with addiction or mental health issues. 


Wellzesta has centered our main goal on encouraging holistic well-being for users using the eight dimensions of wellness.

Daily wellness content and events focusing on different dimensions of wellness allow users to choose which dimension of wellness they would like to focus on at any given time. The variety in selection gives users the opportunity to create personal harmony between the dimensions.

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