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How to Improve Your Personal Wellness: Guidelines and Resources

Sections of This Topic Include

What Has Personal Wellness Got to Do With Managing?
What is Personal Wellness?
Take a Personal Wellness Inventory
Develop Your Personal Wellness Plan
Various Perspectives on Wellness
Numerous Additional Resources Related to Personal Wellness
Start an Informal Study and Support Group to Help You


What Has Personal Wellness Got to Do With Managing?

There is an old adage that "You can't lead anyone else unless you first can lead yourself." If you are struggling personally -- physically, emotionally, spiritually or mentally -- then you cannot give your full attention and energy to your job. Instead, much of your being is spent on taking care of yourself, whether you are aware of it or not. That is why many organizations are offering courses in well-being as part of their overall support to their employees.

There are many aspects to personal wellness. Fortunately, there are also many guidelines and resources to help you in your own development. Research shows it is most effective to develop a personal wellness plan and then get help to implement the plan.

What is Personal Wellness?

People used to consider wellness to be just the absence of physical illness. However, as we have learned more about the many other aspects that can affect our happiness, joy and meaning in our lives, that definition has changed. The National Wellness Institute writes " ... there appears to be general agreement that:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
  • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
  • Wellness is positive and affirming"

The Institute specifies that there are six dimensions to wellness including:

  1. Emotional
  2. Occupational
  3. Physical
  4. Social
  5. Intellectual
  6. Spiritual

The Institute advocates a holistic approach to improving one's well being.

Take a Personal Wellness Inventory

Before developing a wellness plan, it is useful to get some "objective" perspective on the condition of your personal wellness. You might take one or both of the following private tests.

What’s Your Personal Wellness Score?

How Healthy Are You?

What did you learn about your wellness? What do you want to do about it? It helps to list your goals in a personal wellness plan. Consider the guidelines and samples in the following sections.

Develop Your Personal Wellness Plan

Guidelines

You might start with the guidelines in the following articles.
How to Create a Wellness Plan
How to Make a Wellness Plan You’ll Actually Follow
Writing Your Personal Health Plan

If you are interested in getting an even broader context about well-being, here is a comprehensive manual to follow.
Personal Health Plan Manual

Sample Wellness Plans

Now you might list some of the aspects of your well-being that you want to improve into an overall plan. Consider the following examples.

Sample Individual Health Plan
Example of a Personal Health Plan for Bob
Personal Wellness Plan Template

Various Perspectives on Wellness

Here are some additional perspectives on well-being -- some focus more narrowly on certain aspects, while others are more broad.

Basics for New Managers and Supervisors to Manage Themselves
How to Stop Being a Victim of Your Own Life
8 Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace
Values and Morals, Guidelines for Living - Psychological Self-Help
Psychological Self-Help - Table of Contents
Self Improvement Online
Drug Alcohol Abuse - Free HR Employment Policy for download
Health Links
Coaching Tip - How to Say "No"
Training to Handle Dying or Life-Changing Illness


Numerous Additional Resources Related to Personal Wellness

Each of the following Library topics includes numerous resources in specific aspects of well-being.

General Information
Appreciation
Assertiveness
Attitude
Authenticity
Awareness
Bullying (Addressing)
Burnout
Cynicism
Emotional Intelligence
Employee Wellness
Financial Fitness
Job Satisfaction
Motivating and Inspiring Yourself
Personal Development
Personal Productivity
Physical Fitness
Self-Confidence
Stress Management
Vulnerability
Work-Life Balance
Workaholism


Start an Informal Study and Support Group to Help You

It is often not enough merely to get some advice about what you should do in order to improve yourself. Otherwise, a lot of us who have needed to lose some weight would have already done that. For example, we already knew that we needed to cut back on calories and do more exercise.

Instead, it helps greatly for us to have some ongoing support and accountabilities to actually apply the advice that we are given. You can start an informal support group by gathering at least two other people who want to improve some aspect of themselves. Here are time-tested, straightforward guidelines for doing that.
Procedure to Start Your Own Study and Support Group


Learn More in the Library's Blogs Related to Personal Wellness

In addition to the articles on this current page, also see the following blogs that have posts related to Personal Wellness. Scan down the blog's page to see various posts. Also see the section "Recent Blog Posts" in the sidebar of the blog or click on "next" near the bottom of a post in the blog. The blog also links to numerous free related resources.

Library's Coaching Blog
Library's Human Resources Blog
Library's Spirituality Blog



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