Posts Tagged ‘dimensions of wellness’

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Recently, The Ohio State University added Digital Wellness to its Dimensions of Wellness to join the existing nine dimensions: career, creative, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual wellness. Although each of these dimensions is separately named, it’s important to recognize that they overlap and are interconnected. All the dimensions contribute to one’s overall sense of well-being. If someone is not digitally well, for example, their behavior could impact their physical, social, and emotional wellness.  

According to the OSU Office of Student Life, “a digitally well person considers the impact of virtual presence and use of technology on their overall well-being by taking steps to create sustainable habits that support their values, goals, community, and safety.” One way to do this is to set healthy boundaries and limits around your use of technology and screentime. Consider the following question: most days, do you feel like you are in control of technology, or is technology in control of you? If you would like to take action and set more healthy parameters around your technology use, the OSU Chief Wellness Officer offers the following steps to move toward digital wellness:

  • Set limits on screen time. You can track your screen time through the settings of many devices or by using an app designed for that purpose.
  • Stay grounded and connected. Take time to disconnect from devices and connect with others “in real life”.
  • Show your best self. Before posting on social media, think about whether the content is hurtful or appropriate for yourself or others. 
  • Avoid Zoom fatigue. Take “camera off” breaks and stand up whenever possible.

Our OSU Extension Live Healthy, Live Well team has been talking about digital wellness for the past couple of years. If you are already practicing these behaviors or are looking to learn more, check out our articles on:

Digital Minimalism – defined as “a philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of activities that strongly support the things that you value, and then happily miss out on everything else”.

Digital Decluttering – much like a gardener regularly checks on and weeds their garden space, take the time to regularly stop and reflect on how your technology use contributes to your overall well-being and helps you to enjoy and find meaning in your social media use.

Digital Detoxing – regular, intentional unplugging to reap the benefits of technology while minimizing its harms.

However you practice or refer to digital wellness, take time today to assess how you use technology in your personal and professional life and how it contributes to your overall well-being, whether positively or negatively.

Written by Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, OSU Extension Franklin County

Reviewed by Amanda Bohlen, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, OSU Extension Washington County


Melnyk, B. M. & Carson, M. (2022). A guide to conquering the digital world. Ohio State Alumni Magazine. https://alumnimagazine.osu.edu/story/digital-world-wellness

The Ohio State University Office of Student Life (2022). Digital Wellness. https://swc.osu.edu/wellness-education-and-resources/ten-dimensions-of-wellness/digital-wellness

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Perhaps you vowed to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking, save money or get organized. According to John C. Norcross, a psychology professor who studies resolutions, about 40% of Americans make resolutions each year. Six months into the year, in Norcross’ studies, about 40% of those individuals have kept their resolutions. Norcross says that those who believe in themselves are 10 times more likely to change a behavior with a resolution, compared to non-resolution makers.

Setting a SMART goal is one way to set yourself up for success – and increase your belief in yourself – if you happened to make a resolution this year. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. In August, I posted a blog detailing a SMART goal I set for myself regarding physical activity. However, you might choose to write a SMART goal for a behavior in any of the nine dimensions of wellness. In her blog “How Well are You?” my colleague Misty explores these dimensions of wellness and suggests small and simple steps you might take to improve your wellbeing in any one dimension.

Some of my other colleagues have shared fun and creative SMART goals to improve wellbeing in these various dimensions:

Bridget set a goal to refrain from purchasing any new clothes for three months, as a way to improve her financial wellbeing.

Emily set a goal of completing a 5K race each month of the year in 2020, as a way to improve her physical wellbeing.

Alisha recently wrote a blog about her “Kindness Boomerang” resolution in which she set out to complete a daily act of kindness to improve emotional and social wellbeing.

Which dimension of wellness do you want to work on this year? Consider setting a SMART goal to set yourself up for success. I know that for me, writing a SMART goal and sharing it with others was a way to make myself accountable to working toward that goal!


Harmon, M. (2017). How Well are You? Live Healthy, Live Well. https://livehealthyosu.com/2017/08/18/how-well-are-you/

Hetter, K. (2020). How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/01/health/keeping-new-years-resolutions-wellness/index.html

Lobb, J. (2019) Reclaiming Fitness. Live Healthy, Live Well. https://livehealthyosu.com/2019/08/22/reclaiming-fitness/

The Ohio State University, Student Wellness Center. Nine Dimensions of Wellness. https://swc.osu.edu/about-us/nine-dimensions-of-wellness/

Stanford BeWell. Achieving your SMART health goal. https://bewell.stanford.edu/achieving-your-smart-health-goal/

Written by: Jenny Lobb, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, OSU Extension Franklin County, lobb.3@osu.edu

Reviewed by: Alisha Barton, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, OSU Extension Miami County, barton.345@osu.edu

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