In this post, I share take-aways from a conference which focused on the mind-body approaches for healing trauma. This conversation appealed to me because it discussed how different components of one’s life work in sync to either improve or take away from one’s optimal functioning. Although we all have various needs and values within each of these domains, different aspects of our lives are interconnected and affect one another.
All the things that are happening within us and around us add to our overall quality of life.
We simply don’t function in isolation from what is happening within us (our biology, thoughts, feelings, & behaviors) and around us (environment). For example, if you struggle with anxiety or depression, it is going to affect your social relationships, your relationship with food, and how you feel about yourself, among other things. The same is the case with our environment. Political climate, physical safety (or lack thereof), and other things within our environment affect our emotions, tangible opportunities, and our every-day functioning. While there are many different areas in our environment that we may not be able to impact, there are many parts of our life that we can take charge of and improve.
Take an honest inventory of your life and note whether you prioritize things that actually matter to you, or whether your day is full of meaningless distractions that fill your time but add no true value to your life.
The 8 domains of wellness.
The following 8 domains were described by Dr. Ryan Wohlfert, co-founder of Total Health Spine and Nutrition. These domains are a distinct but, interconnected parts of our life that all add to our overall functioning. As you read through these domains, notice how much you attend to each one of these.
1.Focus & Mindset
2.Food & Nutrition
3.Fitness, Movement & Exercise
4.Function (Health & Disease)
5.Sleep & Rest
6.Faith, Spirituality, & Purpose
As you read through these different domains, think about how they function in your life. Sometimes we are not aware that what is causing issues and internal struggles is not prioritizing things that are important to us. If any of these aspects of your life are highly important to you, yet you notice that you are neglecting it on a daily basis, think of how you might be able to change that.
Check in with yourself:
Which of the domains are most and least important to you? Why do you think that is?
Which one do you gravitate to more naturally?
Are your daily habits supporting aspects of your life that are important to you?
Which of these parts of life would you like to prioritize more often?