Many of us strive daily to become a better version of ourselves. But how do we do this?
There are many areas to focus on within personal development. We can focus on our:
All these dimensions work together to make us happier and more whole people. While we are working on one area of our lives, it is important not to neglect the others.
When you are making a personal development plan, it is important to set goals in all of these different areas so that you will have a well-rounded approach to your personal development.
Balanced Personal Development
There are many ways to balance your personal development. You can set goals in each domain of your wellness, so that you make sure you are working on yourself in a well-rounded way.
There is a model of wellness called the Wheel of Wellness in which you actually look at between 6–36 dimensions of your personal wellness, so that you can make sure you are taking a balanced approach to life.
One of the most commonly used models has 7 dimensions, according to Declutter The Mind:
This well rounded version of the wellness wheel includes physical wellness, spiritual wellness, intellectual wellness, environmental wellness, financial wellness, social wellness, and emotional wellness.
When we take time to look at ourselves as complex, multi-dimensional beings, it allows us to be sure that we are taking care of ourselves in the best possible way.
Our physical health is anything in the body. This includes:
medical and dental check up’s
All of these things will ensure that our bodies are functioning properly. This is what is commonly thought of when we talk about our health.
Our mental health means that we are taking care of our thoughts, emotions and feelings.
According to MentalHealth.gov,
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Taking care of our mental health has a lot to do with how we are coping with stress in our daily lives. All of this relates to how we interact with others in relationships as well.
If we aren’t mentally healthy, we can face burnout, or be having struggles in our relationships as well.
To care for our mental health, we can do things like meditation or deep breathing, journaling, practicing gratitude, saying affirmations, or seeing a therapist.
Spiritual health has to do with the deep, inner part of our being. It is the part of us that craves deeper answers to the meaning of life.
According to Declutter the Mind,
Though some may find this area on the wellness wheel problematic, it really doesn’t need to be. To be spiritual doesn’t mean you have to belong to any kind of religious body or accept dogma — though neither is it a problem if you choose to do so. Being spiritual simply means to accept that there is more to life than merely physical things. Learn to be mindful, to be curious about the world around you and to consider the ethics and values that shape your actions and life. Set aside time for more personal reflection, and engage in meditation or yoga. If you want to take it to another level, consider trying a meditation retreat.
In our secularized world, many people have left religion behind, but still crave a spiritual connectedness. You can simply think of the Universe instead of a higher power, and feel how you are connected to other beings sharing the universe with you.
Well Rounded Well Being
If you want to have well rounded personal development, it is important to make sure that you are taking time for self-care, and taking care of yourself in multiple dimensions.
When you neglect one area of yourself, you will feel off balance, and that one are of your life will start effecting the others too. Each part of your health doesn’t live in a vacuum.
Taking care of yourself fully is key to having a well rounded outlook on your health, and your personal development.