The wheel of wellness
The wheel of wellness is an amazing model to help us understand our obstacles whilst empowering us to realise our true self.
The graphic shows 8 interconnected and overlapping dimensions of our lives that we need to address in order to bring balance into our life and achieve harmony.
Taking care of each dimension of the wellness wheel can help you become more aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension, and how all aspects of your life contribute to feeling well, both physically and mentally.
During a consultaions, I will explain each area in more detail and help you setting up a plan of action that will help you prioritise areas on need, discard unimportant issues, nourish your talents and aspirations, and achieve your goals.
We need to seek to have a career that is interesting, enjoyable, meaningful, and that contributes to the larger society. Unfortunately, many people get stuck in a job that does not give any satisfaction, other than provide us with disposable income. Money in itself is not enough for us to achieve balance and happiness. Even on the minimum wage, a job that makes us happy keeps us motivated is way better for us than being stuck in a rut.
Taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning is essential, but it takes a lot of time too. Your body should be your number one priority - your temple - and you should put time aside just for looking after it. This include hydration, nutrition, exercise, cleansing and detoxing, relaxation, stimulation, and rest.
Keeping your mind healthy and engaged is empowering yourself. You need to be open to new ideas, especially those that you think are the craziest and the ones furthest away from your own past experience or comfort. Be creative and think laterally about resolving a problem - keep thinking that there are many solutions, different ways of doing things, try one! Think critically, don't be afraid of people's criticism and welcome their comments - they are gifts for us to learn from. Seek out new challenges, especially is you are able to travel or do new things: there is only so much you can learn in one place, so go and discover what else awaits you!
Be aware of the interactions between the environment, community, and yourself and behave in ways that care for each of these responsibly. We all have a responsibility towards the environment so start tasking yourself with doing your bit, whether it is recycling, choosing organic food, picking up litter, or reducing our carbon footprint. Equally, we need to reconnect with the environment we live in, our neighbourhood and neighbours, our community: take kids to local outdoor parks and festivals, find out about food coops and other community initiatives, get involved in a group, society, class, or any other opportunity to connect with people around you.
This dimension helps us to cope with the emotional challenges of life and it is about being in touch with your feelings and emotions of sorrow, joy, anger, love, fear, etc. We all need to have a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong sense of self, and the ability to recognise and share a wide range of feelings with others in a constructive way.
Live within your means and learn to manage your finances for the short and long term. It is important to have a solid balance between saving for the future and spending for the present, without depriving ourselves but without overspending either. Making financial plans for the future should take into consideration not only what income will be available to you after retirement, but also how you can reduce your outgoings right now or overpay your mortgage or loans to achieve financial freedom.
We should all spend some time evaluating the relationships and friendships we have: building personal relationships with others is something to work at and can be extremely rewarding, but only when we are getting mutual benefit from them and respect one another. Often people get stuck with partner or friends who only take and give very little - these are not very good relationships and can deplete our energy, therefore we should be looking at leaving these behind as hard as this might be. Equally, we need to learn how to deal with conflict appropriately, so that arguments and worries do not eat away at our confidence unnecessarily. We need to connect to a positive social network and learn to communicate our feelings and emotions meaningfully and appropriately with the people that we are surrounded by.
The spiritual dimension helps to establish peace and harmony in our lives. It is about the ability to discover meaning and purpose in life and events, demonstrate individual purpose, and live a life that reflects your values and beliefs. The meaning and values that we live by are individual to us and do not have to necessarily be linked to a religion, faith or belief, but they are intrinsically part of everything we do, from the moment we are born to the time we die, although they can be learned, changed, enforced, or ditched throughout our life.