Personal Wellness

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Sections of this topic

    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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