The Eight Dimensions of Wellness


About SAMSHA Wellness:

The Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, created the Wellness Initiative to help people with mental and/or substance use disorders—and all people—live longer, healthier lives by focusing on the eight dimensions of wellness that connect all aspects of behavioral health.

Improving Wellness:

By acting on each of these dimensions addresses early mortality from treatable and preventable conditions. Embracing Wellness is about life and living, and becoming the healthiest “you” possible! Listen to your feelings, express them to people you trust, and maintain a positive outlook.

Make it a point to understand your finances:

Establish good financial habits, and plan for the future. A sense of belonging and reliable support system helps during difficult times. Make at least one social connection daily, seek advice from peers or support groups, and create healthy friendships.

Enhancing your connection to self, nature, and others:

Brings balance and peace to your life. Take time to discover what values and beliefs are most important to you. Look for satisfaction from things you’re passionate about, whether it is through work, school, or volunteering Wellness.

Reduce your risk of many illnesses by increasing activity levels according to your abilities:

Getting restful sleep at night, choosing healthy foods, and exploring outdoors to reduce stress and increase energy levels.

Be a lifelong learner:

By expanding your knowledge and finding creative outlets that stimulate your mind and sense of curiosity. Be open to new ideas, insights, and wisdom. A positive environment has a calming effect.

Find surroundings that encourage good physical and mental health, and where you also feel safe:

At SAMHSA, we envision a future in which people with mental and/or substance use disorders—and all people—pursue optimal health, happiness, recovery, and full and satisfying life in the community.

Wellness is an ongoing pursuit and can be challenging at times, but striving to make small, daily improvements is the key to success! For more information and resources about wellness,

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