How To Prioritize Health & Happiness Using The Wellness Wheel
IS LIFE LIVING YOU or ARE YOU LIVING LIFE?
How many balls do you have in the air? What kind of distractions interrupt you? What are your go to escapes?
Are you understanding or judgmental of yourself when you struggle? What’s that sound like/look like/feel like?
We all struggle, get tired and have set backs. That’s life and that’s normal.
No matter the cause, when we feel stuck, get off track or are faced with a life change, it’s a good idea to pause and reflect on what matters the most to us.
By refocusing, we can adjust our thoughts and activities toward what’s most important. Letting the rest go, we can then channel our energy into what we can do today to support those areas.
Wellness is an activity in itself. It’s something to practice mindfully every day. Selectively choosing our thoughts, words and activities that cultivate it and systematically removing the ones that don’t.
Wellness is a journey, not a destination. Life includes times of health and happiness and times of illness and sadness. We can’t change that but we can discover and focus on the things in our control that influence them and choose the ones that foster health and happiness more often.
WHAT IS WELLNESS?
The Merriam-Webster definition of WELLNESS is: “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal”
WHAT IS HEALTH?
The Merriam-Webster definition of HEALTH is: “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit”
WHAT FACTORS PRODUCE WELLNESS?
There are a variety of components that contribute to mental, physical and spiritual health.
Not surprisingly, these areas are similar for most of us. Yet, not quite the same for any of us. The key activities within each category also varies from person to person.
These categories or areas are best defined by ourselves. It’s also important to revisit them regularly.
It helps us to stay focused. What we focus on grows.
These areas and activities tend to change at different times of life and with major life events.
WHAT ARE YOUR KEY AREAS?
What areas of life contribute to your health and wellness the most?
Do you feel like your day-to-day activities are aligned with those areas?
Do you want to spend more time on the things that make you sound in body, mind and spirit?
HOW TO FIGURE IT OUT:
The very first step is to be crystal clear about what areas are most important to you.
“The Wellness Wheel” is a cool tool that helps assess where you’re at, clarify where you want to go and start planning how you’ll get there.
To complete it:
- print the Wellness Wheel Worksheet
- grab a pen and maybe some markers or pencil crayons (if you want color), and
- watch the short video (11 min & 48 sec)
It won’t take long and it’s time well spent.