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Six Dimensions of Wellness - Part 1

 May, 2013

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"It is very important to generate a 

good attitude, 

a good heart,

 as much as possible. 

From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others 

will come."

by the Dalai Lama 


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Masters Degree - Applied Psychology from Seton Hall University


Post-Masters Degree-Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Private Practice 

since 2008


NJ work experience totaling 5 years


Married 24 years


Mother of 2 teenage daughters 


Lived in Indiana, 

New Jersey and Texas


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I have recently reread a book that contains an abundance of tips for helping to organize your life and making things more streamlined.  For that part alone, go get the book. The part I wanted to share with you, though, contains six dimensions of self-care to consider changing, altering or improving, to assist you in having wellness be a bigger part of your life. Don't dismiss the book because of the title, as the title does not apply to everyone but the tips inside can truly be beneficial for many of us.  


The book is called 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction & Accomplish Your Goals by Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, Ph.D, New Harbinger Publications. You can purchase the book through my website by going to the Recommended Reading page and clicking on the book.


The six dimensions to be discussed are Physical, Social, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Emotional.  I will discuss three of them in this newsletter and the remaining three in next month's newsletter. 


Enjoy the information below and as always, please pass it on to anyone you believe may benefit from its content.



Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT

Southlake Counseling & Neurofeedback Center

420 North Carroll Ave Suite 140

Southlake, TX 76092




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From The Positive Perspective.......


Dimension #1: Physical


This dimension includes thinking about things such as taking care of your body by participating in a regular exercise program that is approved by your doctor for your skill level; making sure your diet includes a balance of the nutrition you need to be healthy; and being diligent about getting enough sleep to allow your body to rest, so it can be at its best during the day.  Think about exercising with a buddy to help you be accountable on those days you just don't feel like exercising.  Be aware of fad diets that are out there, for they may not be the healthiest for you.  Watch portion control and fast food choices.  Think about a transition time before you go to sleep.  Turning off electronics 30 minutes before bedtime can help you wind down and fall asleep faster.



Dimension #2: Emotional


This dimension includes remembering to take time out each day to relax your mind, possibly through meditation.  Also work on looking at each day with a positive attitude that you will do your best with what has been given to you.  Perfection is not expected, but 100% effort into what you are doing is.  Give your best.  Reducing your anger and finding better ways to control it can assist in a better emotional state as well.  Professionals as well as other self-help books have many wonderful ideas for helping in this matter.  Remember to incorporate some fun into your day as well.  We all need a break from the stressors of the day; "Recess" for adults.



Dimension #3: Spiritual


This dimension includes taking the time to realize that we are all interconnected.  You have a place and a purpose in this world that connects with the places and purposes of others.  What do you want to do with that?  Acknowledge that your choices affect others.  Get involved with your community to help others so you can take in the experiences and allow that to enrich your life.  Spend some quiet time alone in a place that makes you feel good.  For some, it's your special chair in the living room or that bean bag chair from Aunt Sue that was always your favorite place to relax.  Nurture your soul just as you would nurture your newborn child or your neighbor who has lost someone special in their life. 


Taking care of some of these aspects of your life can help you to feel better about each day and what you contribute to life happening around you.  Remember that you are worth putting this effort into yourself.  When you are nurtured, you are better able to nurture others as well.


Stay tuned for the last three dimensions to come next month.


As always, look at taking care of yourself .....From The Positive Perspective.



Stay well.



I welcome feedback regarding the newsletter or questions about my practice.  I can be reached at maryellen@dabalmft.com.  I cannot, however, give advice through email. For more information on my practice please visit my website: www.dabalmft.com

I wish you well...