Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wellness Wednesdays: {The Wheel of Wellness Part 2}

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday! If you've missed the previous posts in the series, you may want to catch up on them here:
Wellness Wednesday: {An Introduction}
Wellness Wednesday: {An Introduction pt. 2}
Wellness Wednesday: {The Wheel of Wellness Part 1}

This week I'll give a little more information on the Wheel, and next week we'll jump in and start discussing the components of wellness. To give an overview of where we're heading, after that, I will be discussing steps to successful behavior change, and creating health habits.

To remind you, this is what the wheel looks like:

Here's what you need to know about the Wheel:
  1. The 5 main life tasks (spirituality, self direction, work & leisure, friendship, & love) are interrelated, and each has an effect on the other. The idea of the Wheel is that is explains not only the characteristics of wellness, but the nature of the relationship between these different characteristics. This is a very holistic view of the individual. 
  2. Changes in one area have a direct impact on other areas. So, without realizing it, by working on one area, you may notice changes in another area!
  3. Surrounding the Wheel are various global events and characteristics. We don't necessarily think that the media has an influence on our overall well being, but it does! An individual's wellness affects each of these global events (because, for example, the government is made up of a group of individuals with varying levels of wellness), and global events affect each one of us and our levels of wellness. 
  4. Because the levels of wellness from others affect our own levels, we need to be cognizant of how various factors (i.e. a certain family member or TV commercial) trigger our wellness. 
Alright, that's the basics you need to know about the wheel. Start getting excited, because next week we'll start a more in-depth look at each of these areas! 

Here's some possible next steps:
-Start evaluating what around you changes your levels of wellness, either in increasing it or decreasing it?
-What are some of the triggers for you?
- How can you help to fight against these triggers to increase your levels of wellness?

What I'd like to know:
Have you ever noticed something in the community, on TV, or in your family changing your level of wellness (either good or bad)? What did you do about it?
Are there any areas of wellness that you're thinking about trying to increase?

1 comment:

  1. I need to work on Friendship, self direction, and Love....
    but i am not sure, for me, that Spirituality belongs at the hub...that won't deter me from focusing on the other parts, though!
    Is it next wednesday yet???