Check out the ways personal trainer Adam Flesner stays balanced in the midst of some BIG life changes!
Everyone knows that life has its ups and downs. Most people would say they wish life only had its ups. However, what most people don’t realize is that those down moments in life are what really impact a person. When everything is going fine and dandy, it is easy to simply go through the motions of life and become a creature of habit. But, what happens to you when something drastic happens? How do you respond? Do you become negative and feel sorry for yourself? Or do you respond to situations and turn drastic changes into positive outcomes? What I have come to find in the past few years is that keeping life in balance makes responding to daily situations much easier. Let’s take a look at the 8 dimensions of wellness and how they can help you keep your life in balance.
The 8 dimensions of wellness include the following: emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental. Being that I recently got engaged and am about to move to Tampa, Florida for graduate school, I have covered about half of the 8 dimensions of wellness. I work to cover the remaining dimensions with my deep faith and my big career goals. My fiancé and I are quickly planning the first few parts of the wedding because I move to Tampa in one month, and we want to make sure we have the venues planned and engagement pictures taken. It is stressful and I have to keep reminding myself of what is most important... our marriage. No matter how extravagant the wedding may be, we must realize that the wedding is only one day out of our lives... our marriage is for the rest of our lives. Pre marital counseling will help us to think about and answer questions that we wouldn’t think of otherwise. It will help us to cope effectively with life and will help us continue our satisfying relationship. Emotional dimension, check!
We have decided not to go too crazy on the wedding in order to save some money for a honeymoon and for getting our life started. Why spend all of our money on one day when we have the rest of our lives to live? Financial dimension, check!
I have been surrounded by amazing friends and family, which offer a terrific support system. Social dimension, check!
My fiancé and I each have a personal relationship with Christ and try to live as Christians through our actions as well as our words. Spiritual dimension, check!
I have been well educated through my bachelors degree and will further my education with my masters in Exercise and Nutrition Science. There are so many fraudulent products, ideas, and claims made in the fitness industry for people to try to make money and I have been given the proper education to be made aware of those things. Be skeptical of any product, idea, or claim and do your own research before making any purchases. Know the difference between real, evidence-based research versus some guy’s opinion.
Intellectual dimension, check!
Working out has been like brushing my teeth everyday since I was a kid and has provided numerous benefits. I want to compete in bodybuilding and/or powerlifting in the future and have basically been training everyday for those events. This lifestyle has taught me discipline, responsibility, and work ethic. Physical dimension, check!
Being a personal trainer has taught me that you can love your job and make a living. I always feel bad for people that say their job is “just a job.” I love my job and have come to the understanding that if you are passionate about something and work hard enough, you can make a good living doing what you love. Occupational dimension, check!
Living in a positive, uplifting environment is crucial to happiness and prosperity. My fiancé and I are always supportive of each other, and we always help each other reach our goals. Environmental dimension, check!
The 8 dimensions of wellness have helped me to keep my life in balance and will continue to help me as I pursue the next chapters in my life. I hope that the examples I have provided will allow you to think about how you can utilize the 8 dimensions in your life. I encourage you to think about how each dimension of wellness can help you keep balance in your life.
Based upon my experiences and the graph defining the 8 dimensions of wellness, what can you do to work on balancing your wellness?