How You Can Optimize Your Mental, Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Wellbeing

Most often when we refer to wellness, we assume that we are talking about physical wellbeing. But one can be physically very healthy but still be unwell, emotionally or mentally. What are the steps we can take to cultivate optimal wellness in all areas of our life; to develop Mental, Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Wellbeing?

There are four areas of your life that require attention if you want to optimize your health.

In my book The Unicorn Syndrome, I refer to these areas as The Four Dimensions of Health, but some may call them areas or pillars. Whatever you call them, together they make up a holistic approach to health. We often think of the human body as just that, a body and a mind. But science and spirituality have proven that we are more than just that. That is why understanding all four dimensions of your being is critical if you want a healthier body, more energy, even more success in your life.

I used to be a perfect example of someone who was overly focused on just one area. I wanted to lose weight, fit into a size 0, and I thought that would make me happy. I thought that to do that I needed the perfect diet, to workout every day, twice a day, to always get 8–9 hours of sleep a night, and that if I did all that then I’d reach my goal — then I’d be happy. The problem was that no matter how hard I worked I couldn’t reach and maintain my goal weight. It was so frustrating, and it led to more self-resentment. I felt like such a failure. I was embarrassed to be the one friend, who was always on a diet but at the same time always looked the same and never changed!

Through studying other successful people and through my research I learned about the other three areas/dimensions of health. I tried many different practices and combinations that eventually led me to create a harmoniously healthy mind, body and soul.

The Four Dimensions are:

Spiritual – what you are

Emotional – what you feel

Intellectual – what you believe

Physical – what you do

1. Spiritual Health

Spiritually is not to be confused with religion. It's simply the non-physical part of you. The part of you that always is and always will be. It's formless, limitless, neverending. Spirituality is your relationship with your spirit, soul, or Source, Energy, or even God.

Spiritual health is an expansive process that's always changing always developing and different for everyone.

So often when we want to improve our health we try to do something, that will get us a result that will make us feel better in the end. Like going on a diet to lose weight in order to feel more confident about who you are. That is the approach 99% of people take when they want to create change in their life. Spirituality though is a different approach. It moves in the opposite direction.

The law of the spiritual universe is that you

must Be. Do. Have. First, you must BE who you want to be (confident in your skin) and feel how that person feels (health, strong, lean), then because you are that person you will take the necessary actions to have that thing that you desire. That's the law of attraction. That's manifestation. That's spirituality in action.

2. Emotional Health

Emotional health can be measured in many ways, like how you process your emotions, how you use your emotional guidance system to help you make important decisions, how easily you forgive, and how much you love and trust yourself.

To truly understand what has been stopping you and how you can move forward into your dream body and a harmonious life you love, you need to stop stopping yourself. When you realize how unstoppable you really are, the Universe will move full steam ahead with you, towards your dreams and desires.

“Are you ready to take on whatever it is that needs emotional healing in your life? Why wait for a health condition to manifest before you begin to change?” – Dr. Joe Dispenza

3. Intellectual Health

Your intellectual health is not your IQ. Your intellectual health is measured by what you consume with your eyes and ears. It’s an important part of your mind-body-spirit connection. It is the process of becoming aware of your thoughts, feelings, and energy, and how to manage it.

One tool to improve your level of mental awareness is to do a mental diet. Do this to start monitoring your thoughts so that you can replace the negative, self-limiting, doubtful beliefs with more beneficial ones. One's that will help you be the best person you can be!

“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” – Marianne Williamson

Doing a mental diet can be extremely eye-opening and transformational. If you have been feeling tired, stressed, overwhelmed, heavy, or like you just don’t know where all your time is going in the day, it could be time for a mental diet—a diet to detox digitally, clean up what you’re consuming mentally, and create some healthier habits. The mental effects can positively affect your physical body too.

4. Physical Health

Physical health is what we all think about when we think about health. It is what we do with our bodies. It’s the element we try to control and manipulate in order to heal or lose weight. This level is focused on our physical bodies.

When I started my physical quest to lose weight, I thought I had to eat healthier and work out more to accomplish what I wanted. That wasn’t exactly true. After spending years developing the self-discipline to work out every day—sometimes twice a day—cut out processed foods, take supplements, and sleep well, I wasn’t seeing the lasting physical results that I wanted. I was heartbroken that despite all that I was physically doing, I still wasn’t able to reach and maintain the results I wanted.

You’ve been taught to start with the physical dimension, but it’s actually the last to change. Physical health is the one dimension that the media and society tells us is the problem and that we need to fix it. They drill it into our brains that we can lose 10 lbs in 10 days on a low-carb diet, and we hear it so many times, often unconsciously, that over time we just believe it. It’s of no fault to you, but here is the truth, and then you’ll never fall prey to this again. I’m telling you how you can now start feeling the best you’ve ever felt, one step at a time, using all four dimensions of health.

“Food isn’t like medicine, it is medicine, and it’s our number one tool for creating the vibrant health we deserve.” – Dr. Mark Hyman

Thank you for taking the time to read about how to optimize your health in new ways. If you'd like to read an in-depth interview I did with Authority Magazine on this topic to learn more, you can check out that full article here.

If you're looking for help getting started on a health & fitness journey I welcome you to learn more about the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Program! I run this monthly in a collective community setting that inspires growth and success among like-minded individuals. Check it out here.

My book The Unicorn Syndrome is also available now on Amazon for purchase across the world. This book dives deep into the four dimensions of health and gives you my step-by-step process of creating health & healing in your life.