The wellness wheel illustrates a wellness model with eight dimensions: social, physical, emotional, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and financial. All of the dimensions are interconnected and important to a well-rounded and balanced lifestyle. It reminds us we need to work in different aspects of our lives to increase our sense of well-being, focusing on just one area is not enough.
When you lose balance within or between dimensions of the wheel, your sense of well-being decreases and you can experience distress. Luckily, bringing greater attention to one or more areas can also help us restore balance in others. For example, it can be easier to feel emotionally balanced when our sense of social connection or physical wellness are maintained.
You may have a usual set of strategies to keep your balance during the school year that help you meet your external and internal demands. Here are some tips to help you develop new strategies to assist you in meeting the demands of this challenging situation.