Wellness Wheel: A Tool for Healthy, Balanced Living

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January… a new beginning. Time to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the new one, to start a new project, take up a new hobby, or recommit to good habits that may have slipped away.

Since the focus of this issue of Lifestyles After 50 is “Healthy Living,” I invite you to consider how you’re doing in each of the dimensions of wellness. Is your Wellness Wheel balanced, or do you have a “flat tire”?

Do something daily to nurture yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Spiritual – pray, meditate, or spend time in contemplation of nature

Emotional – choose happiness, share your feelings, use your intellect, listen to music that makes you smile

Goals and Aspirations – try a new skill or hobby

Physical – walk on the beach, take a stroll to the coffee shop, play with the grandkids

Social – attend worship services, play a team sport, join a book club

Environmental – ensure your home space is safe, comfortable, and has what you need

Financial – consider a living will, make an asset inventory, invest in a new venture

It’s your life; find ways to care for yourself and your loved ones. As William Shakespeare said: “Our bodies are our gardens, and our wills are the gardeners.” Plant something wonderful each day!

Happy January!

Photo by James Patterson