Top 8 Ways To Measure Your Well-being 


 

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How are you feeling today? Good, I suppose. But how well are you doing? I was intrigued to discover the eight dimensions of wellness as depicted in the image above. Glancing over the list, I agreed it pretty much covers it. So I would like to share my thoughts on the eight attributes. I hope it inspires you as it does me.

1. Physical

When someone asks how you’re faring, we mostly answer according to how we feel physically. To be wholly fit, we need to take care of our physical health. Paying attention to our diet, having enough exercise and rest are essential to our physical wellness. Sometimes we neglect one aspect and overdo another to make up for our deficit which doesn’t really work. To ensure we are healthy, we must live a balanced life. How well are you in this category?

 

2. Social

I’m sure you’ve heard it several times that we are social beings and thus can’t survive living like islands. I need you as much as you need me to survive. Due to the busyness of modern day life, there’s little to no time to socialize with others and cool off except holidays. As much as we all like to mind our own business, spending time with people we care about does wonders for our wellbeing. During the inevitable up and down times of life, we need people to share such moments with us. God was so right when He said that it was not good for man to be alone. Take a few minutes once in a while to check up on family and friends you hardly hear from and find out how they are doing. You might never know, they may be in need to talk to someone about a pressing issue. How well are you socially?

 

3. Emotional

This is a very delicate part of us which needs to be catered for intimately. Some people are very good at hiding their emotional troubles and they surprise with their out-of-the-blue outbursts and worst scenario-suicides. We are human and it is okay not to be okay sometimes. And we don’t have to deal with our troubles by ourselves all the time. Whatever it is bothering us be it heartbreak, disappointment or betrayal, it is not the end of the world. Forgive when someone hurts you and spare yourself the resentment pangs. Are you taking care of your emotions?

 

4. Financial

Money makes the world go round, they say. It is important that we manage our finances wisely. Things are not getting any cheaper and earning money requires more effort these days. To ensure that you have enough for future use and unforeseen eventualities, you need to make saving/investment a priority. Get what you need and hold on with what you merely want. You can choose to pamper yourself with a few goodies as a reward for some goal achieved from time to time but ensure you have more than enough in savings. Are you financially sound?

 

5. Intellectual

When caught in the usual 8 to 5 routine, it is likely that we don’t find time to sharpen our mind intellectually. For some, the last time they ever read something was during their exam years ago. All they care about is the job they are in now. It’s unfortunate how much we underutilize our brains. No matter our age, we can still keep our heads sharp and remain relevant in our fast-changing era. Read books, articles, blogs about topics far from our comfort zone and educate yourself some more. No matter how much you think you know, there’s always room for more knowledge. Keep your brain young, will you?

 

6. Vocational

They say the devil finds work for the idle hands. It’s important to find something doing even if you’re unemployed. There’s something you know how to do well. Work on it and master your craft. Practice makes perfect. Things are evolving now. Discoveries about being more efficient in our daily routines are being made every day. Give yourself the opportunity to upgrade not just for pay or promotion but to add more value to yourself.

 

7. Environmental

We can only be healthy when our surroundings are clean, right? As much as we are cutting down trees to make way for settlements, we should do well to preserve the limited oxygen we have around us. We should strive to pollute our environments as little as possible. When we neglect the environment, we are risking our physical health. Why not avoid diseases which have no business troubling us till we invite them in?

 

8. Spiritual

We are spiritual beings and we were created in a way that we need something bigger than us to validate our existence. As a Christian, I depend completely on God to help me make meaning of my life here on earth. With Him in me, I am assured of physical health, social presence, financial provision, emotional support, intellectual ability, vocational skills and environmental awareness in order to live a fulfilling life. Without God being at the center of my life, all other things will not hold no matter how hard I try to do so on my own. If I neglect my relationship with God, I feel it affecting every area of my life. When I nurture it, I feel my life blossoming even in the midst of challenges. How seriously do you take your spiritual life?

 

After considering these dimensions, how would you rate your wellness? What does wellness mean to you and what steps are you taking to ensure you are well? Kindly share your thoughts.

 

© Josephine Amoako 2016

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65 Comments Add yours

  1. dannie1955 says:

    It’s pretty good. It’s about being mentally and physically well. To continue to move in directions that I want and need.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I agree with you, Dannie. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts ☺

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  2. Nice! A little self-assessment is what I need these days.. lol

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    1. joseyphina says:

      We all do! Thanks for reading ☺

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  3. Neha says:

    These are such great points! thanks for this x

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Neha😊

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  4. Ugbloc says:

    Important points to consider. Thanks for sharing Josey.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading ☺

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  5. gracelarbi says:

    Reblogged this on gracelarbi and commented:
    Indeed total wellness or well -being is all of this and very very true.
    Jesus came that we will have life in all its fullness..so so on point!

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  6. Kimberly says:

    Great post! I think a lot of these things often get over-looked when we consider our well-being. You did a great job covering the different aspects.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Kimberly. You are right, we only consider a couple of them

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  7. Imaobong says:

    You made such a valid point, wellbeing is a package and it’s each one of these things. Thanks for sharing. Very insightful.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      It is indeed a package. Thanks for reading ☺

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  8. Anastasia says:

    What a great well written post!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Anastasia ☺

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  9. Willow says:

    I agree with these – it’s all about balance. If I don’t have one of these, it throws me off, like if I don’t exercise enough.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      True. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Willow.

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  10. George Azide says:

    Great points. One helps the other.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, George ☺

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  11. What a great read and reassured me that my well being is very good right now! Great post!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Good to know, Chantel! Thanks for reading ☺

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  12. Barb says:

    This is a fantastic post. I really needed to read this, especially today. Lately I feel that I have been suffering in many areas and need to make a change in my overall well-being. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Glad I could help. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Barb. ☺

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  13. jacquevalle says:

    This is so awesome. I really never thought about it in all these facets. I’m definitely lacking in a few areas but it’s good to have this perspective. Especially going into the new year.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yeah, it will help us make holistic resolutions 👍

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  14. Joye says:

    What a great list. I am going to have to notate some of these things in my journal as a bit of a reminder. It all becomes a little overwhelming sometimes, but when you put God first everything sort of falls into place. 🙂

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Joye. You are right, it helps when we put God first.

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  15. vytran214 says:

    Very inspirational, a lot of it seems obvious but it’s easy to forget.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes they are not new to us but we tend to ignore them. Thanks for reading

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  16. It’s so easy to forget all aspects! Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading

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  17. welcomepresence says:

    This is a wonderful approach to wellness. I love how it covers every aspect of our lives and well-being.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, I love it too. Thanks for reading

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  18. Bianca says:

    This is great, especially as we head into a new year and start to plan goals. I’ll be sure to measure these when setting my wellness intentions for 2017!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      That’s a good idea. I should do that too! Thanks for reading, Bianca

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  19. Annissa says:

    Great post! All of these things are so important! They are also interlinked. For example, if one isn’t physically healthy, it can cause a financial burden and an emotional burden. Thanks for pointing out all of the aspects of well-being!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      You’re very right, Annisa. They all depend on each other. Thanks for pointing it out. 👍

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    2. joseyphina says:

      Tried commenting on a post on your site but wasn’t allowed.

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  20. Bonnie says:

    Great list! There are so many facets to our beings, and we should focus on them all. Not all at the same time, because that can be overwhelming, but there definitely is a balance to be had between all aspects.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      You’re so right, Bonnie. We all need some balance.

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  21. jiselle jones says:

    It’s really so important to be balanced,I’m not really sure how many people are truly well balanced, but I know when I’m doing too much in one or more areas I feel the difference. I usually take some time out and assess what is going on and why and try to correct.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      That’s a laudable practice, Jiselle. 👏👏👏

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  22. I honestly did not consider these 8 dimensions before. I just realized it upon reading your post. I often neglect the dimension from #6-#8. Now, I’m reminded of its importance. Thank for sharing this! xx

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    1. joseyphina says:

      And thank you for reading!

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  23. This is a good way to assess one’s well being. These dimensions cover how well balanced we are in our lives. Such a great post! Continue inspiring Joseyphina!

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  24. This is a great piece! I agree; we naturally say we are good, fine, ok, bad based on how we are physically and mentally in the moment, but don’t consider who and how we are in the grander scheme of things. Enjoyed this – thanks!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks for passing by ☺

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  25. thebookswag says:

    This article has caused me to reflect, and I see that I need the social aspect – I need to work on that – Thanks for the article, nice article as always.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading ☺

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  26. The Cool Mom says:

    It’s so important to take care of ourselves. Everyone should have this checklist!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes we all should. Thanks for reading ☺

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been travelling solo for over a year and with the exception of friends in random places, I have been quite alone. The last few weeks – about halfway through my trip – have been hard. This was a really good thinking piece for me…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Glad I could be of help. Thanks for reading ☺

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  28. cglberger92 says:

    I need to refer back to this whenever I am not in the best mood. What matters more to me is emotional, spiritual, and physical

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yeah, we all need to have this as a checklist. Thanks for reading

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  29. edira says:

    this is very important to consider. I have been focusing too much on financial and intellectual; it’s time to broaden my life. thanks for sharing! I love how elaborate the post is 🙂

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Edira! 😊

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  30. Tiffany says:

    Love this. You covered several aspects of wellness and it’s so important that we take care of each and everyone!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes it is, Tiffany. Thanks for passing by! ☺

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  31. A well defined list. Thank you very much!

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading ☺

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