The Five Dimensions

The five dimensions are physical, emotional, intellectual (mental), social, and spiritual. Ideally, you would incorporate activities from each dimension. Doing so would make your practice well-rounded while nourishing every aspect of yourself.

In the following sections, I will define these different dimensions by explaining what they are and how it can help you, as well as giving examples of activities that fill each dimension. This will help you give concrete illustrations to the rather abstract concepts of the dimensions.


The physical dimension includes safety, health, physical activity, and touch. It is much more than just living a healthy lifestyle by eating well and doing exercise. It rewards you with more energy, better health, and higher self-esteem.

Examples of the physical dimension:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Getting more sleep
  • Try a new class at the gym
  • Take a hot bath
  • Snuggle with your spouse or significant other


The emotional dimension is about getting to know yourself, reducing stress, coping with change, and the like. When it is practiced you are more kind to yourself and others.

Emotional activity ideas:


Expanding what you know is the core concept behind intellectual self-care. However, it’s about finding the balance between stimulating your mind and giving it a break. The benefits include an increase in creativity, innovations, and general knowledge.

Examples of intellectual activities:

  • Read a book
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Listen to music
  • Learn a new language
  • Take a class


.Social is about growing your relationships with others. It helps with your sense of belonging and it allows you to form a connection with others. This isn’t just for extroverts, all people need some human connection.

Social activity ideas:

  • Host a dinner party
  • Join a club
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Make a new friend


Spiritual self-care is about developing the values and beliefs that you live by. Allocating time to this dimension can help you find meaning in life and develop a sense of belonging. Also, this dimension is not just for people that are religious. You don’t have to believe in anything to meditate, do yoga, or feel like you have a purpose in life.