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The Eight Dimensions of Wellness Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

What Are the Eight Dimensions of Wellness?

Learning about the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can help you choose how to make wellness a part of your everyday life. Wellness strategies are practical ways to start developing healthy habits that can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.

1. Emotio­nal: Coping effect­ively with life and creating satisfying relati­ons­hips.
2. Enviro­nme­ntal: Good health by occupying pleasant, stimul­ating enviro­nments that support well-b­eing.
3. Financ­ial: Satisf­action with current and future financial situat­ions.
4. Intell­ect­ual: Recogn­izing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.
5. Occupa­tio­nal: Personal satisf­action and enrichment from one’s work.
6. Physic­al: Recogn­izing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep.
7. Social: Developing a sense of connec­tion, belonging, and a well-d­eve­loped support system.
8. Spirit­ual: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.


Wellness is being in good physical and mental health. Because mental health and physical health are linked, problems in one area can impact the other. At the same time, improving your physical health can also benefit your mental health, and vice versa. It is important to make healthy choices for both your physical and mental well-b­eing.

Remember that wellness is not the absence of illness or stress. You can still strive for wellness even if you are experi­encing these challenges in your life.

Dimensions of Wellness

Wellness Strategies

SAMHSA’s wellness strategies address emotional and general health, nutrition and diet, smoking and tobacco use cessation, and stress manage­ment. SAMHSA practice has proven that integr­ating mental health, substance use, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple health care needs. Wellness strategies are best achieved by a combin­ation of the following:

Follow a Healthy Lifestyle

Don’t smoke or use addictive substa­nces.
Limit alcohol intake.
Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.
Monitor your weight, blood pressure, sleep patterns, and other important health indicators including oral (teeth and gum) health.

Work with a Primary Care Doctor

Communication between people with mental health problems, mental health profes­sio­nals, and primary care providers is essential.
See a primary care physician regularly (at least twice a year).

Ask Questions!

Know about medica­tions or altern­ative treatm­ents.
Review and act on results of check-ups and health screen­ings.
Monitor existing and/or new symptoms.
Speak up about any concerns or doubts.