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About CFMH — 8 Areas of Self-Care

Wellness WheelSelf-care is personal health maintenance and includes all the choices you make that affect your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The eight dimensions of self-care contribute significantly to your overall health and well-being, and reflect your values, lifestyle, habits, and motivation. 

  1. Movement, Exercise, and Rest
  2. Nutrition
  3. Physical Environment
  4. Relationships and Communication
  5. Spirituality
  6. Personal and Professional Development
  7. Mind-Body Connection
  8. Finances

Movement, Exercise, and Rest

You can optimize the performance of your body through appropriate movement, exercise, and rest, which can produce needed strength, flexibility, endurance, and restoration. The goal is to help you develop a sustainable plan relative to exercise, rest, and movement that meets your needs and keeps you strong, flexible, balanced, restored, and motivated.

Nutrition

By focusing attention on what you eat and drink, you can nourish and strengthen your body and mind. An integrative approach to nutrition includes developing healthy eating habits, eating foods that sustain your health and fit your lifestyle, selecting dietary supplements that support your health goals, and regulating substances such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. Incorporating mindful eating into your life helps you pay attention to not only what you eat but how you eat.

Physical Environment

Evolving science suggests your surroundings at work and at home can nurture you physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Considering how the environments you regularly inhabit affect your well-being can enhance your overall health. This may include creating a more nurturing, healthy environment that enlivens each of the senses; creating a special place to build your mind-body practices; arranging spaces and selecting furniture to support your body; or exploring options for addressing concerns you may have about toxic exposures, safety, noise, clutter, and other aspects of your environment.

Relationships and Communication

Research demonstrates that supportive relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, and colleagues based on open, respectful communication can have a significant and beneficial effect on your health. By honestly evaluating your relationships, you can identify the ways in which you need support and communicate these needs effectively to those around you.

Spirituality

Developing a deep understanding of the purpose and meaning in your life benefits all aspects of your physical and emotional health. Religion, prayer, and spiritual connections in traditional healing systems have all been shown to enhance health and well-being. Exploring your current spiritual faith and beliefs may help you determine whether one or more of the many diverse practices might further enhance your health and well-being.

Personal and Professional Development

An ongoing assessment of where you are with personal, career, or life goals can reinforce healthy behavior and lifestyle choices. Your personal and professional development influences how you view yourself and your world which impacts the decisions you make regarding your health. Taking a deeper look at work-life balance, career goals, and personal growth supports optimal well-being.

Mind-Body Connection

You can strengthen and utilize the connection between the mind and body to nourish every aspect of who you are. Mind-body skills such as breathing techniques, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and other therapies have been shown to activate the body’s automatic healing response and reduce the harmful effects of stress. Mind-body practices can help you reconnect your body and soul so you can optimize your health, performance, and life.

Finances

Your financial health impacts so many aspects of your life that it must be considered when evaluating your overall health and well-being. Money management, planning, and investing are important elements of a comprehensive strategy to achieve sound financial health. Developing good habits relative to your personal finances can help to lower stress while improve the quality of your life.  




    ROBERT GARDNER, Ph.D.
    Board Certified Coach
    (504) 270-8099 • Robert@CenterForMindfulHealth.com