Did you have a New Year’s resolution to be healthier in 2023 but you’re struggling with the “how-to”?
The headings and questions that follow are based on the 8 dimensions of wellness (SAMHSA, 2016). Perhaps these questions will help guide you toward achieving your health and wellness goals.
Are your nutritional needs being met? Are you getting the recommended amount of sleep each day? Are you physically moving your body?
Are you engaging in activities to keep your mind active? Do you make efforts to better understand others and their point of view? Have you considered attending or teaching a class on an area you are enthusiastic about?
Are your spending and saving habits in line with your long term goals? Does your current source of income allow you to meet your financial obligations and have additional resources? Do you have debt? If so, do you have a plan to manage your debt efficiently?
Do you participate in conservation efforts? Is your personal work space well organized? Do you find enjoyment in your living space? Are you spending time outdoors?
Have you defined your personal values? Do you share your personal values and beliefs with others? Do you take the time to reflect on your personal sense of spirituality?
Do you reserve quality time for friends and family? Are you making time to meet new people or visit new places? Are you taking part of social interest groups that are meaningful to you?
Do you feel personal satisfaction in your work? Does your career provide you with a sense of accomplishment? Does your work fit your values? Do you schedule leisure time?
Are you able to acknowledge your feelings without judgment? Do you manage your stress in ways that feel restorative? Do you take responsibility for your own behavior? Are there people in your life you have developed safe and trusting relationships with?
ARE YOU A MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST CURIOUS ABOUT HOW TO START YOUR OWN PRACTICE?
Mindful Paths Network offers services to help you get started with and/or continue to develop your
private practice! Contact us today to inquire about how we can support you in the process!
Robin S Archer Phd
is the founder of Mindful Paths Network, a group supporting counselors in their own private practice missions to provide counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, groups, couples, and families experiencing a wide variety of behavioral and mental health concerns. Mindful Paths Network's newsletter addresses a variety of mental health concerns. This blog is an extension of the newsletter which is not currently available by email request.