The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

Hey everyone! This blog is going to cover the different dimensions to consider while striving for holistic living. I believe that if we work at trying to improve every aspect of our lives to some degree then we are consistently growing and moving forward. There is not one who is more important than the other. And yes that’s a whole lot to work on at one time. So I suggest grabbing a couple that serves as a high priority to you. You can also try a theme, like January is Health and Fitness month and February is Relationship Building month.


Emotional Wellness – Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. This is a slow and steady process as you begin to trust that your feelings are accurate and for some that they are there. As some people abuse substances in order to numb their emotions.

Spiritual Wellness – Spiritual wellness is defined as expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life, including one’s morals and ethics. It may or may not involve religious activities. This is important because most have spun so far down that they have little to no feeling of purpose left. With having a purpose you have something to continue for. In the beginning, this is so hard. You still do not feel as confident so seeing a purpose may be difficult. But rest assured WE ALL HAVE A PURPOSE!!!

Intellectual Wellness – Intellectual wellness recognizes creative abilities and encourages us to find ways to expand our knowledge and skills. Intellectual wellness can be developed through personal and professional development, cultural involvement, community involvement, and personal hobbies. Find what you like to do/ are good at doing and dig into it. Find out as much as you can. I truly believe as you expand your knowledge and use your big beautiful brain, it helps some of the destruction addiction may bring and help correct some of the misfires going on up there.

Physical Wellness – Physical wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. Moving around is so good for the brain and the body. Get out some extra steam by going to the gym, or step outside for some clean air and to clear your mind with a walk. What you put in your body matters too. Make sure you are eating healthy foods that support the body and brain well especially as you go through all these changes.

Environmental Wellness – Environmental wellness is having good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being. It promotes interaction with nature and also creates an enjoyable personal environment (both in and out of your workspace). For me, the biggest in this was my home. Declutter your space to have free and moving thoughts. (I know weird but works). Make sure you are in a safe and supportive place also. You can also find community programs, church programs, groups, etc. If you need a change of scene.

Occupational Wellness – Occupational wellness allows you to explore various career options and encourages you to pursue the opportunities you enjoy the most. This dimension of wellness recognizes the importance of satisfaction, enrichment, and meaning through work. This to me is the best way to stay on purpose. If you go to work every day and hate your job QUIT if possible. Life is just too short to do something you hate every day. Also, the type of stress that comes with hating your job is not good for growth.

Financial Wellness – Financial wellness is a state of being in which you can fully meet your current and future financial obligations while feeling secure in your financial future and making choices that allow you to enjoy life, according to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This is a more difficult one as making as much as you would like and what you need are 2 very different things. Learn to slowly improve your income and look for higher paying and quality positions.

Social Wellness – Social Wellness is having positive connections with friends, family, professors, coaches, supervisors, and anyone else. You can build new friends if needed at a multitude of different events that will be based around sobriety. This also means having quality relationships with current family, friends, etc.

Now I would suggest putting different rankings on each, like a 1-5 star rating. 1 star is the least important to you and 5 stars are the most or vice versa. You can even number them 1-8 and start with the dimension you are most concerned about. Create goals based on where you would like to be. Do long-term and short-term goals that will get you to the big goal. Knock out the small goals and watch your esteem flourish! Get to making your goals!!!!

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CPRS Certified Peer Recovery Support

CPRS – Certified Peer Recovery Support

I took a few days off from writing! I found something I absolutely do not get enough of! I went down a rabbit hole because dealing with addiction and trauma has been a lifelong battle and yes I’m in a great place but I can personally say that I needed one of these! There were so many choices and I had no clue how to heal myself and when you have addiction or trauma, the shame keeps some silent until their last breaths.

So I’m going to start off with the perks of using a peer. First, they do not tell you how to get sober! This is awesome because for sobriety and change to really affect you must have ownership of both your addiction and your choices. This sounds counteractive but it is the only way I’ve truly seen sobriety take hold. This allows the peer to choose, have control, and use what works best for them. Which builds confidence in the choices their afraid of as well as not feeling as if someone is “making you” do something.

Secondly, YOU can choose what works best for you. This is way bigger than most people realize. EVERY person is different. From life experiences to culture, etc. So there is no one way that works for everyone. This single thing to me would have to increase true recovery rates, even though I don’t have data to back it. The hardest thing was trying something, it not working out, and then completely feeling like a failure when it didn’t work. Ultimately making me feel as if I could never escape this.

Thirdly, they do not advise. They keep their opinions to themselves to safely get you to YOUR decision of what to do and your goals. This is so important because most addicts have diminished decision-making skills, coping skills, and self-esteem. This teaches them how to move forward, make plans, commit to them, and have the discipline to continue.

Fourthly, they share their recovery story as well! When in the beginning stages of recovery you feel so alone in what you’re facing. Like you are the only person who’s made the mistakes you have. Simply knowing that there are more people who have faced this and beat it, is more powerful than you could ever believe. Also, for me personally, you can not sit me down and have a discussion with me about something you have only read about. Not saying that there is no knowledge formed, but because of the alone feelings that come with this, you feel more judgment from someone who has not been through this.

Fifth, they don’t just focus on substance abuse they also support mental illness as well. Again so many people who struggle with addiction struggle with mental illness and trauma. This means they are not only getting rid of the substance abuse but getting care for their mental health as well. This is awesome because so many doctors will tell you what mental illness you have, some practices, and books, but if that doesn’t work it turns into here’s a pill. Not saying medication is bad or wrong (I personally am on meds for anxiety and depression) I’m just saying where in that did the person learn to not repeat the behavior or pattern.

In conclusion, I am not saying everyone needs CPRS, I’m just saying that from most models of sobriety I’ve seen this seems to be the most concerned about long-term sobriety as well as holistic health. I am so excited and believe in this so much, I personally have begun the process of earning my certificate of completion for the course in the state of Ohio.

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     “Just be careful they could walk all over you.” One quick simple phrase and poof, I 360 to an angry monster that hides beneath the surface and pretty facade. I flip out in defense then flee not to hear the response of my overreaction. I sit alone for 30 minutes or so. Then I see the trigger. Around 30 minutes later comes the apology and explanation. 

      It sucks because you have to be bare and explain what (in my case) my husband, had just witnessed. Then comes the explanation, there were so many times in my life when people walked all over me, touched me, and took advantage of me and I could not stop it. More than anything in life (to me) I will never be there again. 

      Clearly, my husband was not talking about this but my over-extending myself. Not that I didn’t know this but those words sent such a wave of strong anger through me that by the time I had realized it, it was too late.  Then he tries so hard and apologizes for his use of words. I get it but to me why should he need to? These are my triggers, my issues. 

     Then an overwhelming amount of guilt comes because once again my triggers have affected us. Why’s begin, why is it like this? Why can’t you stop it? You were doing so well. Then comes the what if’s, like, what if this never ends? What if I embarrass myself or us due to this? What if he gets tired of it? 

     Then he pulls me close and again a wave of emotion takes me over but this time it’s grief. I sob uncontrollably as I shake in his arms. I begin to slowly breathe in hopes of backing this down. He holds me tighter to secure me. And the panic attack stops slowly as the waves become slower and further apart. 

     In all of that, no words were exchanged. He gave me security and allowed me to process what was happening. I am blessed to have a superhero as a husband. The next day for the first time, I knew I was wrong I knew there were things that God and I need to discuss. But no guilt and no shame. Just correction. 

      This morning I kept thinking of all the people that have triggers and can not understand them or someone who doesn’t have the support I do. Please reach out, to anyone who makes you feel safe. And if there is no one then here I am. You are not alone. 


Nicole Banner