Holistic Wellness: What is ‘Traction’ Across all 8 Dimensions of Wellness?

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We are all very versed in what distraction is, but how often do we stop and think about the opposite of distraction: TRACTION. Traction gets us moving towards our goals. Great. Now I know I should flip the coin of distraction over to see TRACTION, but… ummmmm… What does traction look like?

I invite you to consider what traction looks like across the 8 dimensions of wellness:

  1. Physical Dimension: Concerned with your current and future physical health. It involves staying fit and healthy through regular exercise and monitoring vital health indicators.
  2. Intellectual Dimension: Focuses on intellectual growth, curiosity, and lifelong learning. It includes valuing knowledge, acquiring new skills, and embracing intellectual challenges.
  3. Emotional Dimension: Involves understanding and managing your emotions and attitudes while respecting your own feelings and those of others. It’s about cultivating a positive and enthusiastic outlook on life.
  4. Social Dimension: Pertains to maintaining and nurturing healthy relationships, fostering friendships, and being part of a community. It emphasizes caring for others and allowing others to care for you.
  5. Spiritual Dimension: Encompasses uncovering and connecting to purpose, meaning, and value in life, often in connection with something larger than oneself. It also involves living in alignment with your beliefs and values.
  6. Vocational Dimension: Relates to finding fulfilling work that aligns with your values and goals. It’s about infusing your talents, skills, and unique gifts into your occupation, giving it deeper meaning.
  7. Financial Dimension: Focuses on managing your finances wisely, living within your means, making informed financial decisions, and preparing for short- and long-term financial goals.
  8. Environmental Dimension: Concerned with understanding how your surroundings impact your well-being. It includes making environmentally conscious choices and being aware of the effects your daily habits have on the planet.

You can additionally reflect on distractions… Also, is traction in 1 dimension at odds with traction in another?

In addition to knowing what traction looks like for you, finding harmony between the dimensions requires self-awareness, prioritization, and often making conscious choices that align with your overall well-being goals. Recognizing when one dimension is at odds with another is the first step toward achieving a holistic sense of wellness. Here are some common examples:

Financial vs. Physical Dimension: Imagine you have a high-paying job that demands long hours and frequent travel. While this might bring financial stability and success (financial traction), it can also lead to neglecting your physical health due to limited time for exercise and healthy eating. Striking a balance between financial prosperity and physical well-being can be a challenge.

Emotional vs. Vocational Dimension: Pursuing a high-stress career that you’re passionate about (vocational traction) might lead to emotional strain and burnout if you’re not careful. Balancing your emotional wellness with the demands of your job is crucial to avoid sacrificing your mental health for professional success.

Social vs. Environmental Dimension: A vibrant social life often involves social gatherings and events that may not align with environmentally friendly practices (environmental traction). For example, attending social events with disposable plastic items. Balancing your social connections with environmentally conscious choices can be a delicate act.

Intellectual vs. Spiritual Dimension: Intense intellectual pursuits and lifelong learning (intellectual traction) can sometimes lead to an obscuring of our spiritual aspects of life. Finding time for introspection, mindfulness, and connecting with your spiritual beliefs may require a conscious effort to strike a balance.

Financial vs. Social Dimension: Pursuing a lavish lifestyle to keep up with social circles (financial traction) can strain your finances and lead to stress. It’s essential to assess whether maintaining a certain social status is worth compromising your financial well-being.

Physical vs. Vocational Dimension: A physically demanding job or career (vocational traction) can sometimes lead to neglecting your physical health if not managed properly. It’s crucial to find ways to stay active and maintain your physical well-being despite the demands of your occupation.

Emotional vs. Spiritual Dimension: Deep emotional self-awareness and management (emotional traction) can sometimes clash with certain spiritual practices that emphasize detachment from emotions. Striking a balance between emotional intelligence and spiritual connection is a personal journey.