A Holistic View of Wellness For The Season.
Spring is in the air! The warmer weather calls us outside, while we also begin purging all the “stuff” we’ve accumulated to make more space for all the fun things to come in the months ahead!
While we may practice the habit of spring cleaning in our homes, I’ve often found it useful to do some personal “spring cleaning” as well — taking time to examine the various areas of my life to see what’s working well, what’s stuck, and what needs some dusting off!
As we focus on the intention of promoting wellness this month, let’s use a holistic view of these six dimensions to examine our lives to find what’s serving us (and what’s not).
The Six Dimensions of Wellness
Psychologists and wellness practitioners have agreed that there are many components that go into living and leading a balanced and healthy life, including these six dimensions of wellness:
Physical Wellness: maintaining a healthy body through regular exercise, proper nutrition, consistent sleep, and avoiding harmful habits.
Environmental Wellness: getting fulfillment from our surroundings, while respecting the earth and being aware of our impact on our ecosystem.
Emotional Wellness: being aware of our feelings and ways we express ourselves as we create healthy relationships and manage conflict and stress
Intellectual Wellness: focusing on continued learning, problem solving, processing and creativity to stimulate our minds.
Social Wellness: creating and nurturing a healthy support system of family and friends, while appreciating the diversity in our communities.
Spiritual Wellness: understanding the bigger connection to what is beyond ourselves and our experiences to discover a deeper purpose for our existence.
Creating Your Wellness Wheel
Using each dimension of wellness described above, it’s time to consider how balanced your life looks and feels now. Use the following guided reflection to create your own Wellness Wheel and download a printer-friendly Wellness Wheel Worksheet here.
- Start with any dimension on the Wellness Wheel and consider what’s present for you now. Write down any words or phrases that describe this area (what’s working well, what isn’t, what needs to shift or change, etc).
- Now, choose a rating for your current level of wellness in this dimension (0 being low, 10 being high) and plot the point inside the section of the wheel, seeing the center of the wheel as 0 and the outer edges as 10.
- Connect the dots of your wheel by drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge. The new perimeter represents the balance of your life today.
- Are there certain dimensions that feel stronger than others?
- What area(s) need more attention now?
- If this were a real wheel, how smooth or bumpy would your ride be?
Your Wellness Challenge
Choose one dimension of wellness to commit more focused action around this month. This may be an area you already maintain well that you want to take to the next level or one that you are struggling to attend to and want to change.
Then use the questions below to create a plan to enhance your wellness this season (and your life will thank you!)
My chosen wellness dimension and current rating:
What does success look like for me in this wellness dimension?
What’s going well now? (maintain this):
What’s stuck? (change this):
What’s not working? (ditch this):
By the end of this month, I want to feel…
Three things I am committing to saying YES to this month to support this area of wellness:
Three things I am committing to saying NO to this month to support this area of wellness:
I plan to share this with [INSERT NAME HERE] to help hold me accountable and will connect with them in the next 24 hours.
Be the Revolution,
Leslie Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC
Executive Coach + Lifestyle Strategist for Millennial Leaders + Managers
Originally published at leadwithintention.com on April 1, 2017.