Welcome to 2015! A new year tends to bring with it a sense of refreshment and revitalization. New commitments are made, slates are wiped clean and health is often a focus. Making and keeping resolutions, however, is a tall order that can leave us feeling let down and sometimes disappointed in ourselves.
This year, I have decided to re-focus the way that I think about my health. In the past, I might have spent a great deal of time and energy thinking about the What and the How. What will I commit to? How long will I try to make it last?
I am instead going to re-boot my resolutions and focus on the Who. Optimum health relies on a balance between all aspects of our personal wellbeing, and that person is me! Finding personal balance can lead us to achieve our personal best.
Below I have included a list of different dimensions of health with the hopes that it might help us all to re-evaluate what is important to your personal health. You might want to choose one and focus on optimizing that dimension of your wellbeing this month. Alternately, you might want to come up with one goal related to each dimension to work on improving.
Our feelings and moods. Feeling good and managing emotions can help us overcome challenges.
Work and Financial Health:
A necessity for survival. Sound knowledge and practices can Increase confidence and the use of important skills.
Valuable for performance and job success. Take pride in facing new challenges and developing a repertoire of skills.
Staying grounded is important. Developing a meaningful world view can increase our sense of belonging and help us when faced with problems.
Building and maintaining relationships is key. Ensuring a support system builds relationships and self-esteem.
Daily choices are a great start. Optimum physical health reduces stress and creates energy.
Having fun is fun. Time for play allows us to laugh, relax and recharge.
Listening to our needs. Personal needs and boundaries can work to prevent health difficulties.
The Who is key. Wellbeing is not a one size fits all solution. This month, I invite you to re-boot with me. Re-evaluate your health priorities, re-prioritize where you expend your energy and re-focus on what matters to you in this moment.
Here is to a healthy and happy start to 2015!
All my best,
Dimensions of health mentioned above are based on the areas of health from UBC’s Live Well to Learn Well webpages.