It is a good time of year to evaluate your individual wellness as the end of the year approaches and we are often in the mindset of “a new year, a new you” and new years resolutions. In review of personal wellness I often use a wellness wheel to review the main categories of my life. The exercise asks you to rank each area on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very weak and unsatisfying and 10 being very strong and satisfying.
- Physical: Ask yourself how you are in the physical aspects of your life. This is a popular area for people to choose to work on when it comes to resolutions. This is proven by the major increase of gym memberships around the first of each year. However, physical is not just about getting in shape at the gym, it can also mean just taking time to stretch, or even get an annual physical with your doctor, an eye exam, dental checkup or skin evaluation.
- Environmental: Are you spending time outside in the sun and fresh air? Are you connecting with nature in some way? Are you taking care of the planet by recycling, picking up trash, or even planting a garden or trees? Research shows, connecting with your environment has positive affects on our health.
- Occupational: How do you feel in your job or career? Are you feeling burned out? Do you need a new perspective on your job, are you thankful for your job, have you been doing your best in your career? Do you need a change and want to quit and start your own business or go back to school? Are you financially stable with your job and does it support you with insurance benefits and/or a retirement? Be honest with yourself and address your fears and how you can improve in your job status.
- Intellectual: Do you read, listen to audio books, listen to pod casts, have a mentor, have a library card, watch documentaries or attempt to learn through movies, videos, YouTube, Ted talks, seminars, or any other method that helps you in your personal growth? You should be attempting to learn something new, no matter how small, every day.
- Emotional: Where is your emotional maturity? Are you capable of understanding and expressing your thoughts and feelings in your relationships? Are you struggling with certain areas and feel excessive anger, sadness or other emotions? Do you hold back emotions and shut down in order to avoid the pain? Counseling, prayer, meditation, and mindfulness are all great ways to understanding and managing your emotions better.
- Social: Are you a social person? Do you have time to spend with friends and family outside of special occasions? Making time for a simple coffee with a friend or even just a weekly phone call to talk to your mother can make a big difference. Studies show, having good social connections each week are important to our mental and physical health.
- Spiritual: Do you make time to have a deeper relationship with yourself to explore your own thoughts, perceptions, morals, values, and beliefs? Do you research and explore different belief systems and areas of life to make your own decisions on what you believe? Do you make time to regularly practice your beliefs and find that peace and connection with your source?
As you evaluate each area of your life and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 and ask yourself what you could be doing to make each area better. This process can help you narrow down what areas of your life might need a little extra attention. Then, you can set some goals and take steps to work on improving. Finding balance in all of these areas will most definitely lead you to a healthier and happier life.
With love, health, and happiness,