August is National Wellness Month

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched its Wellness Initiative based on a wellness model Dr. Swarbrick created for people with behavioral conditions.

The Wellness Initiative identifies eight dimensions of wellness, along with basic needs related to each one. The dimensions influence one another and affect a person’s overall health and quality of life. The dimensions are:

  1. Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  2. Environmental: Enjoying 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 and belonging; and having a [good] support system
  8. Spiritual: Expanding one’s sense of purpose and meaning in life

What is Wellness? (Global Wellness Institute)
10 tips of a healthy life (Harvard Medical School)
Seven Facets of Wellness (University of South Dakota)
Selfcare tips during the pandemic (Mayo clinic)
There’s No “Right” Way to Do Self-Care (Harvard Business Review)
The importance of self-care during difficult times (Mayo Clinic)
Environmental Wellness Toolkit (National Institute of Health: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Social Wellness (University of New Hampshire)
25 tips to improve your financial well-being (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Intellectual Wellness (University of Toledo)
Emotional Wellness (National Institute of Health: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Occupational Wellness (Washington State University)
Why Be Spiritual? Five Benefits of Spirituality (Psychology Today)
Social Wellness (Cone Health)