Physical

Occupational

Spiritual

Intellectual

Social

Emotional

Environmental

 

 

Physical

Keeping ourselves physically and mentally healthy is essential for getting the very best out of life.  We need to unleash those feel-good endorphins, get the blood pumping and heart racing.  Sometimes there are turbulent waters to wade through which require our full attention and energy, being healthy physically and mentally makes this easier to face and cope with. 

Try the following exercise; it is not too strenuous:

Lie on an exercise mat or just your carpet if comfortable enough.  Start by giving your toes a little wiggle then move your way up through your body; legs, stomach, torso, arms neck and move your head gently.  Make a mental note of how each part of your body feels such as:

  • “My arms feel tired from all that lifting I have been doing at work.”  
  • “My legs feel fine.” 
  • “I have got a headache from concentrating so much on the exam papers.”

When you have finished exercising,  write down a statement on how each part of your body felt and what your day involved; work, personal etc.    Doing this on a regular basis will show how specific events throughout your day affects you.   There could be some other form of exercise you prefer, and that is fine but still write down how you felt after exercising each body part.  

Your statement could start with:

“How do I feel today?” or ‘How have I been today?’ 

Occupational

When you think about the hours, days, weeks and years we spend in the workplace; it is somewhere we need to feel content in without too many worries.   A poorly managed workplace can cause anxiety and stress.   Think about your workplace and write down what pleases and enthuses you about it and what makes you feel frustrated and bored.

When you write your statement see if there are ways you can make the frustrated and bored more acceptable and enjoyable to you.  For example, you get bored doing the filing every Friday afternoon.    

Your statement could say: 

“I will do the filing every other day instead of  Friday afternoon, it will not take so long, and I can then do something I like with the time saved.”   

Spiritual

We all need to have meaning in our lives.  Spiritual is, of course, personal to every one of us.  What is important to you and can you merge them into your daily life. For example, it could be that you are relaxed and happy when out in your garden surrounded by nature.     

When writing your statement here, you could put:

“I love being in my garden it is so peaceful, I am going to take a video of it on my mobile so I can look at it when I feel the need to relax at work.”  

Intellectual

Stimulating the brain so that it keeps busy is a must and especially as we begin to mature.  Write down something new you have learned in the past month.  It could be just watching a nature program on the television where you learned about wildlife and their habits.  You may have taken an online course or attended a seminar at work.  If you find you have nothing to write down then perhaps you could sign up for a class or read an article on something that interests you.  Knowledge, after all, is a powerful tool.   

Your statement could say:

“I learned about using herbs for medicinal purposes last week.”  

Social

We share a certain amount of time socially with family and friends.  Families grow, and we make new friends as we journey through life.   In the past month write down how many people you have spent time with socially; going out for a meal, a few drinks in the local pub or perhaps a gym session or evening class, club etc.  Write down what you did, who with, how it all went and how you felt about being in that person(s) company.  

For instance, your statement could be something like this:

“On Friday, I had a great time with Julie and Katie when we went for a meal after work; it was such a giggle.”

“I met up with Luke on Saturday for a game of darts, it was the first time I have played, and I won, but Luke sulked!”   Although I like Luke, I will not be saying yes to any more invitations to play darts because he is a bad loser.  He has shown a side of himself I never knew he had, which I feel is a bit childish.”

Friends can show different behaviours in different situations.  For example, a friend you are having a terrific casual chat with over a coffee can turn into an entirely different character if they have had a few alcoholic drinks and become argumentative, and this includes family members.

The Mature Years  – Socially

In the mature years, eventually one or the other partner will be left alone, this is a sad thought, but we cannot change the inevitable.  Whoever is left alone needs to keep in touch with other people, family, friends, and make new acquaintances. Joining a club is an excellent way to interact socially. Being lonely can cause severe depression.  It is an unpleasant thought thinking about being on your own if there was once a special person in your life.    If the health allows adopting a small dog or cat can be comforting and company.    If living in warden controlled schemes, they usually hold coffee mornings and other activities.

Emotional

Our emotional state is vital to our overall well-being.  It is a good idea to identify the things that trigger negative thoughts so they can be managed and smoothed out to benefit our emotional and spiritual health. 

When we wake up there are different units to the day ahead:

Waking up

  • Travelling to work (if applicable)
  • The working day (at work or home)
  • The journey home
  • The evening and your free time

Now apply one of these emotions to each unit: empty – sad – loving – angry – happy.

Take the feelings happy and loving, what triggered these to surface?  Do the same with empty, angry and sad.  Can you think of a way that the happy triggers make changes to the negative emotions?  

You could write your statement:

“I just love my family.”

“I am going to put a photo of them on my desk at work it will make me feel better when I get stressed with my boss when he is moaning about something.”

Environmental

Being in sync with nature is probably one the most relaxing and stress releasing medicine there is.  Just walking where there is greenery, trees, flowers, and shrubs is a tonic!  The very sound of nature itself, like the wind, leaves rustling, birds singing can be invigorating and refreshing.  A soft, warm breeze on your face can make you feel cosy and content.  Even if you reside in a town, there are parks you can walk through to touch down with nature.  These free doses of medicine can perk you up when feeling down, or calm you down when feeling anxious.  Try to take a walk in the park several times a week and listen to the sounds, look at the colours of nature every season brings, and the fascinating wildlife such as squirrels and the different types of birds. 

Imagine working in a stuffy office or factory all day; then you walk outside into a busy town where there are hundreds of cars, buses, lorries motorcycles, all polluting the air you breathe!  A walk in the park at the weekend will make you feel energised both mentally and physically.

We are all responsible for the environment because it is being passed on to future generations.  We need to treasure and look after it because nature itself in lots of ways looks after us.

Our Wellbeing

The seven elements of wellbeing is an excellent way to reflect on life to see where positive changes can be made.  Remember write your statements and keep them where you can see them!

© Life Coach You