The eight dimensions of health and their impact on women’s mental health

As a mother, wife, businesswoman and professional life coach, Lesego Mothowamodimo shares her 8 dimensions of wellbeing for longevity.

A Day in the Life of a Woman includes juggling as a mother, wife, professional, caregiver, romantic partner, and community contributor, among other things. To say this can become overwhelming is an understatement. Taking control of one’s mental health is essential for women as it helps them maintain balance in their lives and relationships.

An imbalance reduces the quality of life

When there is an imbalance, women become prone to decreased quality of life, changes in appetite, suicidal thoughts, feelings of sadness and dissatisfaction, and general feelings of being stuck, fear, and even worry.

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Given the role women play in the daily lives of others, women need to be equipped and empowered with the necessary information and tools for overall WELL-BEING. This ensures they come from a place of WELLNESS as they navigate the roles they play on a daily basis. Every day we ask each other, ‘How are you?’ The standard answer to this question is usually “I’m OK, thanks, and you?”.

The real question is when you utter the words “I’M FINE… are you speaking and responding to WELLNESS in its fullness?”

The 8 dimensions of well-being for a long life

Let’s explore the eight dimensions of wellbeing and the questions to ask yourself in each dimension:

#1 physical well-being – Do Do you recognize the need to take care of your body? are you physically fit How is your diet and sleep? Are you physically well?

#2 Emotional wellbeing – Are Are you managing your life effectively and in tune with your feelings? Do you know what you are feeling and do you allow yourself to feel it? Can you identify, name, or even articulate the exact emotion you are feeling? Are you okay with your emotional state?

#3 Financial Wellbeing – Are Are you financially comfortable and living within your means? Can you get through the month comfortably without having to be financially bailed out? Is your relationship with money healthy? Are you making financially sound decisions? Are you financially literate?

#4 Social Wellbeing – Are do you maintain good and healthy relationships with others? Do you enjoy being with others and contributing to your friendships, community, and intimate relationships?

#5 Health in the workplace – Do Do you find joy in your job and does your job give you personal satisfaction? Does your work enrich your life?

#6 Environmental Wellness – Is the environment in which you live pleasant and healthy? Does the environment you live in support your overall well-being? Are you helping to take care of your environment and community?

#7 Spiritual Wellbeing – Do Do you have a purpose in your life? Does your life have a more important meaning? Are you at peace with yourself?

#8 Intellectual Wellbeing – Are are you growing intellectually Are you expanding your skills and knowledge?

Considering all of the dimensions of wellness discussed above, ask yourself, “Am I okay?”

Tips to support your journey to better health and longevity

Here are some tips women can use to improve their overall well-being and, in turn, their mental health:

  • Journaling: Journaling helps improve mental health by creating a safe space in which to express your thoughts and feelings. Journaling is essential to collect your thoughts, catch your breath and boost your creativity.
  • Meditation: Meditation is crucial for you to spend some time aligning with yourself, listening to your own thoughts and trusting your inner voice.
  • TAKE A BREAK FROM DEVICES: Take a break from your smartphone or laptop to stop the constant flow of messages/emails, allowing you to relax and spend quality time with yourself and loved ones. A good idea is to set a daily limit for the time you spend on your device and not exceed that time.
  • To sleep well: Good sleep quality has a significant impact on how we feel physically and mentally. Our overall health and productivity depend on getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Live a healthy life: Being active and paying special attention to your diet has a positive effect on how you feel.
  • Reframe Negative Thoughts: How we think is related to how we feel and behave. Recognizing unhelpful thoughts and taking the necessary steps to think things differently can improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Who is the author?

Lesego Mothowamodimo is a professional life coach, wife, mother and businesswoman. She shares her take on why women should prioritize their well-being.

Lesego Mothowamodimo

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