One of the many frustrations many people have in their lives concern their physical health. We are obsessed with trying to achieve the perfect bodies similar to the models we see in magazines. But we are frustrated because most of us cannot afford the lifestyle required to achieve and maintain such a body. Similar to our goals of financial success, a perfect-looking body has also become a status symbol. However, the state of our bodies as well as our wallets and/or bank accounts do not provide a total picture or measure of our wellness. What is more important is your current level of wellness.
There are several dimensions to wellness and being able to pay attention to all of them should be our goal. Being able to achieve complete and holistic wellness is a major factor in your success.
The stress of the daily grind affects us mentally, physically, socially, psychologically and even economically. Before we fix anything, let us first try to get a clear picture of our current level of wellness so we can plan the best approach to improve ourselves.
Answer some of the questions below. It would be helpful if you make a pie chart or graph of your results so you can compare your development and improvements in future.
- Do you eat a lot of whole grains (red rice, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.)?
- Do you eat a variety of dark green, leafy vegetables and fruits?
- How many hours of sleep do you get daily?
- Do you consume a lot of low fat or fat free dairy products or alternatives?
- Is eating a lot of sweets (candy, cake, milkshakes, soda, ice cream, etc.) part of your daily diet?
- Do you choose lean meat products or alternatives?
- How many glasses of watered you drink each day?
- Do you exercise regularly?
- Do you get regular massages?
- Are you close with your family members and relatives?
- Do you regularly keep in touch with your family and relatives?
- Do you and your family members discuss personal matters with each other?
- Are you able to express your feelings clearly or do you just keep them to yourself?
- Do you seek your family’s guidance and/or advise regarding major life decisions?
- Are you comfortable being by yourself?
- Do you make time for and enjoy your solitude/private time?
- Do you get along well with people at your workplace?
- Are you comfortable getting acquitted with different kinds of personalities?
- Do you react to awkward situations with irritation and/or anger or with tact and/or humor?
- Do you have a lot of friends?
- Do you regularly keep in touch with your friends?
- Are you comfortable meeting new people?
- Do you and your friends discuss personal problems with each other?
- Do you travel regularly?
- Are you comfortable interacting with total strangers?
- Are you a member of any club or organization (i.e. hobby club, sports club, etc.)?
- Have you volunteered for a cause?
- Are you able to comfortably express and discuss different opinions with other people?
- Have you lived or interacted with people who have a different background than you (i.e., religion, nationality, etc.) for an extended period of time?
- Do you maintain a reading habit?
- Do you listen to podcasts or educational programs?
- Have you taken a course (online or in a class) in the last 6 months?
- Do you like solving puzzles or playing board games?
- Are you comfortable discussing different issues with different people?
- Do you keep a notebook, journal or diary to record your thoughts, observations or a piece of writing that interests you?
- Do you keep a schedule of your activities?
- Are you able to stay friends with people who do not share similar opinions with you on a particular topic/issue?
- Do you enjoy planning an activity, project or your future?
- Are you comfortable asking people to learn how something works or what a word means, etc.?
- Do you have a clear vision of your career goals?
- Have you tried out other jobs aside from the job you wanted?
- Have you been rejected for a job and felt distraught about it?
- Are you satisfied with your current job?
- Do you have or have you tried a sideline aside from your day job?
- Have you tried putting up a business?
- Do you keep a budget of your monthly spending?
- Are you able to pay your monthly bills?
- Are you open to learning about other income opportunities?
- Do you have an emergency fund?
- Do you meditate regularly?
- Do you practice gentle exercise such as Tai Chi, yoga , etc.?
- Are you comfortable discussing people’s personal issues and giving them advise?
- Do you praise yourself every day?
- Do you spend time in nature regularly?
- Are you mindful of the state of the environment around you (i.e., clutter, lack of plants, pollution, etc.)?
- Do you attend talks, workshops or seminars or read or listen to publications and programs that discuss topics on spirituality (i.e., meditation, healing, mindfulness, etc.)?
- Do you consider yourself an optimistic person?
- Are you aware or mindful of the general feeling of people around you (i.e., in the office, in your community, etc.) about certain situations or topics?
- Do you trust your instinct?
- After answering these questions, you should now have a better perspective of your current state of wellness. Take note of the items where you had a negative answer and think about how you can improve them in the following days.
This quiz is in no way, a comprehensive list of the things that you need to do or can do to balance out each dimension of wellness in your life. However, it can serve as a general guide on what areas of each dimension you should try to develop to achieve wellness.