9 Dimensions of Wellness

The PowerPoint slides (in pdf format) posted on this page can be used to create lectures or presentations about each dimension.
If you would like pre-recorded lectures, please contact teall.3@osu.edu or gawlik.2@osu.edu.  Each slide set defines the dimension, lists signs of being well and unwell, and includes strategies to develop wellness in that dimension.

The first slide set introduces all of the dimensions!
Introduction Dimensions of Wellness

Career wellness involves engaging in work and/or professional activities that provide satisfaction and enrichment, consistent with one’s values and goals. To be well in this dimension is to have found meaning, enjoyment, and purpose in one’s work.
Career Wellness

Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.
Creative Wellness

Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
Emotional Wellness

Environmental wellness involves the ability to recognize one’s responsibility to improve, protect, or preserve the quality of life in a community by being respectful of the surroundings. This dimension of wellness encourages individuals to live in harmony with the earth by taking action to protect the environment locally and globally.
Environmental Wellness

Financial wellness requires awareness of one’s financial status and managing money to achieve realistic goals. To be financially well requires effectively managing finances, spending within one’s means, being prepared for emergencies, and having the tools necessary to make economic decisions.
 Financial Wellness

Intellectual wellness includes the ability to learn and use knowledge and skills. A person who has intellectual wellness will value lifelong learning, engage in critical thinking, develop moral reasoning, appreciate worldviews, and participate in continuing education.
Intellectual Wellness

Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
Physical Wellness

Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people, and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
Social Wellness

Spiritual wellness allows an individual to connect to something greater than oneself, which gives life meaning and purpose. Engagement in spiritual wellness may involve practicing meditation, journaling, praying, participating in organized religion, serving one’s community, and/or spending time in quiet reflection.
Spiritual Wellness