January 1, 2023 (Submitted by Peggy Swarbrick)
Wellness in eight dimensions is a model or framework I developed decades personally and in my work as an occupational therapist.
Eight Dimensions of Wellness by Peggy Swarbrick
Close to 25 years ago, we incorporated wellness in our work at the CSPNJ for people
living with mental health, substance use, and trauma related challenges. Since the model has been expanded for youth, family caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals and in many workplaces. Consider how wellness in 8 D can be a framework to guide you and how you can share with others. Each dimension of wellness can affect overall quality of life because wellness directly relates to how long we live (longevity) and how well we live (quality of life). A wellness lifestyle includes a self-defined balance of health
habits. It is important to note the emphasis on self defined because everyone has individual needs and preferences, and the optimal balance of activity, social contact, and sleep varies from person to person.
Seeking satisfaction and well-being in each dimension and creating a balance across dimensions contributes to overall Wellness. Defining the desired balance and determining well-being in any specific dimension will be unique for each person. As you begin 2023, please reach out and share how you are using the wellness in 8 D model for yourself or how you are sharing with others.