Upon each stage of human development, individuals look for the best ways to achieve ultimate health, happiness, and wellness. For some, this means building a strong social support network. Others may find themselves on a spiritual journey to discover peace and meaning. To many wellness is measured by financial stability and security. It is through genuine self-reflection that we are able to identify what we need in our lives in order to achieve our wellness goals.
However, we often become caught up with the course of daily life, peer pressures, and external stress. Sometimes things get in the way of this important process of self-reflection. So, take the time right now to read this article and examine your wellness, appreciate your strengths, and identify areas to build upon.
According to the latest research in comprehensive wellness, there are eight dimensions of wellness. Here are some brief examples of each:
Emotional: Your sense of internal regulation of feelings, effectively expressing emotions, managing stress, utilizing healthy coping skills, engaging in positive self-talk, self-acceptance, and authenticity.
Spiritual: Understanding your own moral compass, world view and beliefs, guiding principles and personal values, and sense of peace, meaning, and purpose.
Environmental: Your sense environmental consciousness, where you spend the most time, your community, workplace, home, room, and even the car you drive.
Financial: Your sense of financial health, conscious spending and saving of money and resources, financial planning as well as being an educated consumer today.
Intellectual: Your commitment to life learning, open-mindedness towards new ideas, learning about other cultures, politics, outside perspectives, discovering what interests you, practicing creativity, and engaging in mentally stimulating conversations.
Occupational: Career development, achieving an education, using your unique skillset to contribute to the greater society, discovering ways to align your values, interests, aptitudes, achievement, and future goals.
Physical: Your biological health, eating healthy, exercise, movement, regular sleeping pattern, practicing preventative health care, managing dental, vision, sexual, brain and mental health, access to professional care as needed.
Social: Your relationships, effective and assertive communication styles, maintaining healthy boundaries, spending time with friends, family, loved ones, receiving support and being supportive, building authentic connections.
It is helpful to think of these eight dimensions on a wheel or pie chart. Ideally, ultimate wellness would evenly incorporate each dimension. However, it is more probable that each of these sections will vary in proportion throughout life’s twists and turns. As you self-reflect, some important questions may be:
What does my wellness wheel look like?
How do each of these dimensions make up my comprehensive wellness?
What dimensions are my strongest right now?
How does my wheel match my dreams and future goals?
What dimensions do I hope to further develop?
What dimension can I focus on?
Within a specific dimension, what realistic and measurable tasks will I commit to this week?
The Wellness Wheel is a simple tool that helps you to engage in self-reflection, there is no pass or fail to this process. If you find yourself struggling with finding your sense of balance, talk to your supports, seek consultation with a professional, try something new. Maintaining a balanced comprehensive wellness wheel takes your willingness to commit to your wellbeing every single day. With self-compassion, acceptance, and taking action we can all find ways to increase our wellness and find greater balance.