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Reconnecting with our Wheel of Life

July 19, 2020

This week the Focus in the Women Living Well Facebook Group has seen us Reconnecting with our Wheel of Life and examining which areas may need some attention. This is a process which can be undertaken regularly, especially if you are feeling that life is out of sync. It takes time, but each day the focus is on a different section of the wheel.

Day 1 – RECONNECTING WITH YOUR WHEEL OF LIFE

Today we look at our overall wheel and find out whether it is balanced or a bit wobbly. If our tyres are out of balance then the car doesn’t work efficiently. So too, if our ‘wheel of life’ is out of balance we find we are neglecting some areas of our lives and putting too much time into others.

Day 1’s activity is to Print off the attached file or draw your own wheel and follow the directions below. Then comment below with what areas you need to focus on. Let’s all keep the same headings for the moment and each day we will work on a different piece of the pie.Directions : The eight sections in the Wheel of Life are one way of representing a whole life – there’s also a blank template on the next page so you can use your own segment headings. Mark your current level of satisfaction with each segment by drawing a line to create a new outer edge. The new perimeter of the circle represents your current balance wheel.

Day 2 – Healthy Lifestyle Balance

Let’s look at our Healthy Lifestyle Balance. How did you rate in your wheel? Living a healthy lifestyle is achieved by finding balance in physical movement, eating a nutritious diet, taking time for mental and spiritual health.

  • Are you moving each day to stay active and improve your fitness?
  • Are you eating nutritious food to fuel your body to give you energy and provide the necessary macro & micronutrients (Protein, Carbs,Fats, Vitamins and Minerals)?
  • Are you taking time each day for reflection and stillness?
  • Are you exercising your brain through learning?

Day 3 – Relationships – Family and Friends

Let’s look at our Relationships – Family and Friends. How did you rate in your wheel? Maintaining a connection with family and friends is important especially during the last few months when restrictions have been in place during COVID-19. Healthy relationships improve our mental well-being and provide support and comfort.

  • Are you surrounding yourself with positive relationships?
  • Are there relationships that are toxic or not serving you well? Do you have the courage to end those friendships or relationships?
  • Are you contributing to the relationship in a positive and meaningful way?
  • Are there areas you can improve to make your relationships stronger?

Day 4 – Love (& Romance) and don’t forget to love yourself

Let’s look at our Love (& Romance) How did you rate in your wheel? Maintaining a loving relationship with your partner enriches your life. Keeping that romantic spark alive can sometimes take effort from both parties.

However, we also need to concentrate on loving ourselves. Self-Love is the beginning. So I’d like to change the wheel slightly to make this section include Love of Self as well as Loving your partner.

  • Are you making time for your relationship with yourself?
  • Are you making time for your relationship with your partner?
  • Are you contributing to the relationship in a positive and meaningful way?
  • Are there areas you can improve to make your relationships stronger?

Day 5 – Fun & Relaxation

Fun and Relaxation. How did you rate in your wheel? Including fun and relaxation in our life is one of the keys to keeping happy, contented and healthy. However, sometimes life can become overwhelming as we get caught up in the busyness of living and forget to have fun!

  • Are you including some ‘me time’ for yourself?
  • Are you making time to have fun with family and friends?
  • Are you making time to relax and include mindfulness and meditation or reflection in your day?
  • Are there areas you can improve to bring fun, laughter and joy to your life?

Day 6 – Personal and Spiritual Growth

How did you rate in your wheel? Personal and Spiritual growth enriches our lives. Spiritual growth can be following a traditional religion or connecting with nature or using reflection, mindfulness or meditation to connect with your inner self.

  • Are you making time for self-awareness and to learn who you are?
  • Are you making time to explore your spirituality?
  • Do you have a sense of being and faith?
  • Are there ways you can improve your self-awareness?

DAY 7 – Purpose and Career

Whether we are still working and others are enjoying retirement, we all need a purpose in life. Our mental health and wellbeing is improved when we have something – a purpose – for getting out of bed each day.This doesn’t mean we have to book up every minute of every day but to live well we need to keep ourselves engaged. We need to understand ‘Why’ we are here.Take some time today to consider your purpose to bring meaning to your life.

Are you feeling that your life is out of balance? Feeling a bit wobbly? Why not take some time this week to Focus on Reconnecting with your Wheel of Life.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Jones July 20, 2020 at 08:53

    Hi Sue there is so much to think about in this post. It’s a good idea to reflect on these areas of life. I will take time out this week to do so

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2020 at 08:33

      Hi Jen, I like this exercise and think a periodic check in is a good way to stay aligned x

  • Reply Natalie July 20, 2020 at 09:36

    Thanks, Sue, for sharing this holistic exercise. We all need to do periodic reviews of our Wheel of Life and make any necessary adjustment. Have a wonderful week! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2020 at 08:33

      I agree Natalie, periodic reviews certainly help to find alignment again. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly July 20, 2020 at 12:13

    Hi, Sue – I agree with Jennifer – this post offers so much to think about. For me, “relaxing and trusting that things will work out” is something that I have been trying to focus on in retirement. I confess, it’s still a struggle!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2020 at 08:29

      Hi Donna, I think this exercise shows that life is always a WIP depending what is happening in and around us. I do like the concept though of checking in on a regular basis. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 20, 2020 at 15:13

    I love that the wheel of life encompasses so many different facets – sometimes we get caught up focusing on only one or two areas and miss out on finding the balance of getting all the aspects working for us. Lots of great reminders here Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2020 at 08:27

      Hi Leanne, I like doing this exercise although I sort of know which areas might need some attention. It does help to see what areas aren’t working well and bringing them back into alignment. xx

  • Reply Patricia Doyle July 21, 2020 at 01:15

    I really like the key questions you gave fro each slice of the wheel! Thanks for those.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2020 at 08:26

      Thanks Pat, I think questions help us to focus and delve a little deeper Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 21, 2020 at 22:22

    This is an excellent resource for us all Sue with so many helpful tips. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of these important areas of our life. That last quote is just perfect 🙂 #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 22, 2020 at 08:24

      Thanks Deb, I think it is important to check with life regularly and see where we might need some maintenance. Enjoy your time away xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 26, 2020 at 08:58

    Thank you for linking up your blog post 20.7.2020. I will be back with my comments this Monday 27.7.2020 if you link up again when I have more concentration capacity following my major surgery last week. I appreciate your comments always. Denyse.

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