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American Nurse Today is excited to have Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/MHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and university chief wellness officer at The Ohio State University in Columbus, contribute a series of articles on the nine dimensions of wellness. The first article provides an overview of the nine dimensions–physical, emotional, financial, intellectual, career, social, creative, environmental, and spiritual. In subsequent articles, Dr Melnyk, with her co-author Susan Neale, MFA, will take deep dives into each dimension, providing nurses with insightful instruction for improving their overall wellness.

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Spiritual wellness: A journey toward wholeness

Through spirituality, we connect with the world around us. Takeaways: Spirituality involves a sense of connection outside ourselves and includes our values, meaning, and purpose A faith community or organized religion can give you an outlet...
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Environmental wellness

Pay attention to your environment—it can affect your body, mind, and spirit. Takeaways:  Increasing awareness of your surroundings can improve overall well-being.  Paying attention to your environment is especially important at work.  Take advantage of...
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Creative wellness: A missing link in boosting well-being

Tap into creativity to reduce stress and increase positive emotions. Takeaways: Artistic expression is an enjoyable component of an overall wellness plan that enhances mood and emotion. Creative activities can decrease depressive symptoms, reduce stress,...
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Social wellness: Nurture your relationships

Friends and family are critical to your quality of life. Takeaways: Social well-being can be defined as our ability to effectively interact with people around us and to create a support system that includes...
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Career Wellness

Big and small changes can help you cultivate a healthy work life. Takeaways: Burnout, stress, and dissatisfaction at work should prompt an evaluation of your career wellness. Several on-the-job strategies can help you re-evaluate...
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Intellectual wellbeing

Learn how to keep your mind nimble for lifelong health benefits. Takeaways: Intellectual well-being—keeping your mind flexible, informed, and engaged—is as important as physical health. More than just a concept, intellectual wellness actually improves...
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Getting financially fit

When you’re in control of your finances, you reduce stress and worry. Takeaways: Financial stress can affect your physical and emotional health. High financial stress is associated with increased risk for ulcers, migraines, heart attacks,...
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Emotional wellness

Learn how to manage stress for a healthy life. Takeaways: A little stress is good for the body and mind to grow and build resilience, but without good stress management techniques and regularly acknowledge emotions,...
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Physical wellness: A must for sustained energy

Take steps now to ensure your future good health. Takeaways: Sitting for 3 or more hours a day increases cardiovascular risk by 30%; sitting for 5 or more hours a day is comparable to smoking...
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Wellness 101: 9 dimensions of wellness

Your health and well-being isn’t just about nutrition and exercise. Takeaways: Take action to safeguard your health and wellness. Your health and well-being isn’t just about nutrition and exercise. Setting goals for your well-being can...