How to use a wellness wheel for a balanced life –
Dec 28 2021
How to use a wellness wheel for a balanced life
By Joyce Venezia Suss
The concept of “well-being” is not just about your records in a doctor’s office. A more personal approach is to use a “wellness wheel” that highlights the personal dimensions of your life: physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, financial, professional and social.
Well-being begins with taking good care of your body. This includes eating healthy foods and limiting sweets; get enough sleep; and exercise based on your strengths, limitations and interests. If weak knees prevent you from running or cycling, try low-impact activities like yoga, walking, or gardening. If you are not interested in sports in cold weather, try dancing lessons. And above all: smoking decreases your life expectancy and causes many diseases.
Your sense of well-being is strongly influenced by the way you deal with life and your relationships with others. In a world now filled with social media and ‘fear of missing out’, it can be difficult to focus on your own feelings and deal with personal setbacks. Enthused by life and participate in regular activities that allow you to enjoy the little things: a beautiful sunset, a delicious meal, the joy of children and animals, relaxation in music. If life’s challenges become overwhelming, seek professional help.
Spiritual well-being is important in finding meaning and purpose in your life, whether or not you participate in an organized religion. You can develop your values and beliefs through meditation, prayer, nature walks, volunteering – anything that helps you find inner peace.
Intellectual well-being is not necessarily associated with formal education. Lifelong learning helps you discover your talents, the areas in which you are particularly good at, and find favorite activities to cultivate your mind. Try out new hobbies; read different kinds of books; do difficult puzzles; learn new skills and then share those skills with others. Building up your intellectual health will help you improve your focus, memory, and critical thinking skills.
The environment plays a big role in your personal happiness. You may experience stress if you live in a crowded house or in a neighborhood with high crime rates. We hear stories about global warming, pollution, contaminated drinking water and more. To help overcome these anxieties, contribute to solutions. Switch to eco-friendly, refillable cleaning products and recycle items to help protect the planet. Conserve energy and plant a garden. Join a neighborhood community watch and get involved in local government.
Most people face financial stress at some point in their life, and it can be a common stressor on a regular basis. To help reduce financial worries, keep track of your spending for a month or two to see where the money is going. Then create a realistic family budget and cut or cut unnecessary spending. Live within your means and maintain an emergency savings account, adding to it regularly, even if it is only a small amount. Work on reducing your credit debt and find ways to save money. Cook more meals at home, shop at discount stores, find free entertainment at community events, and borrow books and DVDs from the library.
Along with achieving financial well-being, it’s also important to be happy with your job and your work / life balance. It is important to find the right balance between the demands of your job and the demands of your family life. Equally important is finding a job that matches your skills, interests and values and that gives you a sense of personal satisfaction. If your job is stressful, focus on fun activities that can help relieve the pressure.
Even people who are perfectly happy to live on their own need personal interaction to achieve social well-being. It is also important to have a support network when you need help. Join a club with people who share a common interest. Make plans with friends and acquaintances to dine out or watch a show. For even greater personal rewards, help a friend in need or join a volunteer effort. Plan ahead and mark your calendar because it is good to have something to look forward to.
As you examine these eight wellness links, determine which ones are the weakest and work to improve those areas. Identify your bad habits and work to break them. Set goals for yourself, and each step towards improvement will make you feel more fulfilled – and great.