Thriving Magazine, September 2022, Issue 15

SELF-CARE AWARENESS MONTH TAKING INVENTORY ON YOUR WHEEL OF LIFE

Self-care is about taking an active role in preserving one's own well-being and happiness. It includes actions that help to promote health, prevent disease, and better cope with stress, injury and illness. Self-care includes being intentional and thoughtful about certain areas of your life. When you think about self-care, you are becoming mindful of your lifestyle habits and how you can become proactive in managing your life stressors better and balance all areas of your life. Our lives are full of stressors — physical, mental and emotional. These stressors are all around us. Our resilience and how we deal with the stressors are key indicators that affect our health and happiness. 10 KEY AREAS OF SELF-CARE As September is Self-Care Awareness Month, this is a great time to use the Wheel of Life tool to help you reflect and get perspective on how you are currently showing up and acting in various areas of your life. The Wheel of Life is divided into the 10 dimensions that influence our unique ability to thrive...

STEP 1 ASSESS In the circles next to each category description on the next page, rate your level of satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10: STEP 2 DIAGRAM

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There are 10 lines on the wheel graph. Mark your rating from each category in the appropriate section of the wheel and shade the area towards the center of the wheel. See the example at the bottom of this page. STEP 3 IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES Think of a bike wheel rolling down a hill. The smoother the wheel, the smoother the ride. A balanced circumference means that your life has balance and you are optimally managing key areas of your life. On the contrary, flat tires, dented rims, bent spokes will all affect how we roll in life. Those areas will exhibit the imbalances in your life that are pulling you back and affecting how you thrive.

 

These become your areas of opportunity. These are the areas where you need to incorporate more self-care and become more aware of your daily contributions and routines in those areas. What habits do you have in those areas? Think about small modifications you can start implementing in that area, become mindful and set priorities based on your life vision.

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This example shows how to fill in the spokes. It also demonstrates imbalance and opportunity for building more mindful habits in order to create a better balance.

 

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