Self-Care  |  World Mental Health Day 2020

Strengthening the 10 Dimensions of Wellness

20 May 2020  |   4 min read

Tide through these uncertain times by strengthening our physical and mental well-being. Using Institute of Wellness Education’s ’10 Dimensions of Wellness” as a personal checklist, learn new practices and create new habits to apply them to the new normal.

10 Dimensions of Wellness

1. Physical

Although some of us may have the flexibility of time while working from home, avoid neglecting our physical wellbeing. Ensure you have at least seven to eight hours of good quality sleep every night to maintain your in-built body clock.

2. Nutrition

It is important to have two to three regular meals a day and not over-eat. Eating healthy and well-balanced meals will provide you with the necessary nutrition to fuel your body, keeping it functioning at its best.

3. Medical and Psychological Health

Do not overlook any important or urgent medical appointments, and continue to keep up with your dental hygiene.

4. Social

COVID-19 has made social-distancing a norm – an unusual practice for humans who are social beings by nature. While you follow the requirements to keep our physical distance, remember to stay virtually connected to your friends, family members or therapists. Having social connections will alleviate loneliness and help you cope better with anxiety. It is also good to dedicate time for video-conferences with friends or join support groups if you feel a need to talk to someone. You can reach out to mental health organisations that provide peer support too. For example, PSALT Care runs daily check-in peer support Zoom sessions. 

5. Environmental

For those who are still working from home, ‘Marie Kondo’ your home and ensure you have an organised space for work. Decluttering your house will create a more conducive living environment that fosters a peace of mind and enhances mental well-being.

6. Spiritual

The spiritual effect of the COVID-19 outbreak cannot be neglected. As such, set aside time to reflect on your spiritual values and anchors on a daily basis. It can be beneficial to your mental health, and helps you stay grounded and calm.

7. Intellectual

Try something new. Take on a new hobby or learn a new language. Finding activities to stimulate your brain can help to divert attention away from thoughts of loneliness, isolation and negativity. Meaningful engagement in acquiring new skills will also contribute to a sense of empowerment and hope.

8. Psychological

Practice self-care by limiting your consumption of negative news and turn your attention to positive or inspirational news instead. You can also start keeping a gratitude journal to list five things you are thankful for each day.

9. Occupational

Stick to a fixed work schedule. Start and end your work day as usual to maintain a work-life balance, which will help massively in keeping you focused. Maintain the practice of dressing for work to increase motivation and positive engagements during online meetings.

10. Financial

COVID-19 has brought about many economic uncertainties . While you might have saved on transport, eating out, and entertainment during this period, take this opportunity to set aside the savings for any future emergencies. Avoid getting carried away with online shopping while cooped up at home. We hope that these tips will help you maintain your well-being, both psychologically and physiologically. It typically takes 21 days to build new habits. Use this extended time to take these little steps to build yourself up and emerge more mentally resilient and empowered in all 10 dimensions of your life!

This article is contributed by PSALT Care.

Article has been edited to reflect current COVID-19 restrictions.