2020 has been a hard year for the reasons we all know, and chances are some of the 8 dimensions of wellness have been affected. What are they? Discover how to use them to improve your life
What are the 8 dimensions of wellness?
The eight dimensions of wellness include our physical health, emotional health, social health, intellectual health, spiritual health, financial health, occupational health, and environmental health and they are related to each other. Since all these dimensions are connected, if your emotional health is not good, that can translate into your physical health, which can lead to problems in the other aspects of your life.
How to use the 8 dimensions of wellness to set up healthy boundaries
A physical boundary refers to anything that can protect the physical body. This is very important nowadays with the pandemic to avoid catching the virus. An example could be ‘I don’t want to be touched,’ or ‘I don’t want anyone around me without their mask.’
When it comes to social relationships face to face, respecting social boundaries is easier because of the pandemic. However, a social boundary can also consist of setting up a limit to technological connection. For example, put your cell phone away during working hours.
Setting up emotional boundaries can mean recognizing your feelings and differentiate them from other people’s feelings. It can also consist of deciding what to share versus what not to share.
How to use the spiritual dimension of wellness as a boundary? Simple. It means respecting others’ belief systems. Many people also have routines that involve activities in relation to their belief systems, for example, going to the church or being in contact with astrology and the values it offers. So be more empathic and respect other thoughts.
Setting intellectual boundaries has to do with respecting people’s areas of interest. We all are not keen on the same subjects or education, so it is important to respect what people decided to do with their lives. Imagine how bad would people feel if we judge them after they worked really hard to earn a doctorate of education.
Financial boundaries refer to your relationship with money. It may mean recognizing the unnecessary expenses you do, knowing that you can’t afford them, and make a plan to change that situation. Organize your financial means with your financial issues and obligations and you will see a difference in your life.
Occupational boundaries are about your professional career. With the pandemic, working from home became a normal activity for some people. And here is when the problem of balancing work and life appears. So, setting up an occupational boundary could mean deciding to log off at 6 p.m for example, and not working more than you should.
Environmental boundaries refer to your personal environment. So, setting up an environmental boundary may mean asking your family or the person you live with not to leave the clothes on the floor, or wash the dishes. It is about cultivating a comfortable and safe space for you.