By Katherine Palms
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified eight wellness dimensions to optimize an individual’s overall holistic wellness.
The dimensions are the following:
Physical: Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
Social: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
Spiritual: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
Intellectual: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
Occupational: Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
Financial: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
Environmental: Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
As a Collective, we aim to foster community, connection, and resources to promote wellness across the above dimensions. We encourage using our collective as a resource for individuals on their journey of creating personal harmony in all eight dimensions. It is essential to set goals to achieve holistic personal wellness.
All individuals should incorporate their priorities, approaches, and aspirations in their self-care practices. Additionally, we feel each individual should consider their view of what it means to live life to its fullest. The questions we ask ourselves and the focus we take on maintaining our health are vital in understanding our bodies, minds, and souls. The outcome being the ability to take care of ourselves to our fullest potential.
By Katherine Palms
During this pandemic, our lives have been disrupted as we are encouraged to social distance and modify much of our active behavior. Humans are designed to move our bodies and interact with each other. For our own well-being we need to exercise both our bodies and our minds, which also includes our emotions. A frequent yoga practice can play a critical role in helping us overcome the increased stress and burdens placed upon us at this time.
"Yoga can be used as both a tool to move through the additional stress we are experiencing during this time, and also a framework for how to process a huge shift in the world and communicate along the way."
- Peloton Yoga instructor Chelsea Jackson Roberts
A 2018 Study found that depression, anxiety, and stress decreased significantly in women after 12 sessions of regular yoga, while a 2017 study determined that workers who took yoga classes for two to four months experienced significant reductions in stress and all psychological health measures.