8 dimensions of wellness

As part of the Affordable Care Act, you may begin seeing an integration of behavioral health and physical health. This is a good thing, because, for instance, we know most people who suffer from depression will see their primary physician about their symptoms long before they will see a mental health professional. I’m going to make that leap into the land of assumption and generalize that stigma is probably the primary reason people see their doc before they seek behavioral health help.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shares that wellness is not the absence of disease, illness or stress. It’s the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, joyful relationships, a healthy body and living environment, and happiness. The administration adds that wellness means overall well-being. So let’s get to the eight dimensions of wellness:

Emotional Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.

Environmental Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.

Financial Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.

Intellectual Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.

Occupational Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work.

Physical Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep.

Social Developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system.

Spiritual Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at (419) 448-0640. The board’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Nancy Cochran,

executive director