Balance Your Career & Wellness

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”
~ Tolstoy ~

A healthy lifestyle mentally, physically and emotionally helps you maintain balance and more effectively handle the effects of stress at work and home. Pursuing a career that you are passionate about can help you maintain that balance with your overall wellness more easily. No job is perfect, but overcoming the challenges of a career you love is far better than dealing with problems in a job you hate.

There are several theories regarding wellness, and some of the most popular theories identify six major areas of wellness including occupational, intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being. The articles below describe the way your career interacts with each of those areas and the impact it can have on your overall well-being.

Upcoming Articles

  • Creating Overall Balance in Your Work and Life
  • Career Wellness: How Your Career Can Impact Your Overall Well-Being
  • Challenge at Work: The Effect of Your Career on your Intellectual Well-Being
  • Happy at Work? The Impact of Your Career on Your Emotional Well-Being
  • Social Support Systems: How Your Career Relationships Can Influence Your Social Well-Being
  • Is Your Career Healthy For You? The Impact of Your Career on Your Physical Well-Being
  • Spiritual Fulfillment: Does Your Career Increase Your Spiritual Well-Being?

Would you like more help balancing your career and overall wellness? 

Cheryl Pence Wolf, Ph.D., NCC, LPCA, PHR, CHt, is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant, and professional counselor with more than 20 years of leadership, research, teaching, education, and experience. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), Certified Professional in Human Resource Professional (PHR), and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt) with experience as a military leader, executive recruiter, financial advisor, career counselor, and professor. To learn more about working with her as an individual or with your group, visit www.CherylPenceWolf.com.

Wellness Tips

Maintaining wellness takes time and effort. In this fast-paced world, where technology is supposed to make things simpler, it seems that we have less time for ourselves. To create a healthy balance for the mind, body, and spirit, here are a few general wellness tips:

               

Tips for the Mind

  • Know Your Limits
  • Counseling
  • Self-Hypnosis
  • Positive Attitude
  • Journaling
  • Music / Books
  • Laughter
  • Social Support
  • Companionship
  • Vacation / Relaxation Time
  • Satisfying Work or Hobbies
  • Intellectual Growth & Challenge

Tips for the Body

  • Proper Sleep
  • Healthy Diet
  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Good Hygiene & Dental Care
  • Aerobic Activity
  • Strength Training
  • Yoga / Pilates / Tai Chi
  • Biofeedback
  • Massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure

Tips for the Spirit

  • Connect with our Purpose
  • Giving to Others / Charity
  • Time in Nature
  • Awe & Wonder
  • Dreamwork
  • Music, Dance & Art
  • Experience or Give Love
  • Relaxation
  • Meditation / Centering
  • Prayer / Worship
  • Learn about Other Religions (Beliefnet)
  • Spiritual Movies (Spiritual Cinema Circle)

Mind Resources

A positive attitude doesn't solve all of life's problems, but it can help you find the opportunities in a challenge. Focusing on creating good mental health can lead to improved physical and spiritual health as well. Keeping our cognitive function active

  • Healthy Place: An online community providing mental health information, support and variety of psychological tests including career, anxiety, depression, intelligence, personality, stress and more.
  • Brain Fitness: For many years, researchers thought the brain was fixed. However studies have shown that the brain is pliable and changeable throughout our lifespan regardless of our genetics. A mix of psychology and neurology shows that keeping our mind active learning new things can add years to our memory retention.

Body Resources

Maintaining a healthy body can help improve our mindset and spirit. Have you ever had a bad attitude because you had a sore throat or didn't get enough sleep? Keeping your body healthy takes time and effort, but it is well worth it. From simple hygiene and vitamins to exercising daily, taking care of our physical health can lead to a more comfortable and longer life.

  • BUPA: A global health and care organization offers Health Quizzes including alcohol, back pain, dental, heart, nutrition, physical activity, smoking, stress tests and health facts sheets.
  • YogaToday: Exercise and stretching are important to maintaining our body function and flexibility. Yoga has become a very popular activity to achieve physical as well as spiritual balance for many. Free hour-long yoga classes are delivered online daily at YogaToday. Classes are offered for all levels through a variety of styles. This is a great resource for constantly changing courses on demand!
  • Massage: One of my favorite and often untapped resources in many communities is the local massage school. Massage as a regular practice can be relaxing and healthy and it doesn't have to cost a lot. The Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida offers affordable massages in their student clinic. I have used this resource in other cities and it is worth the search to find yours!
  • Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture: Another balancing therapy is the integrated eastern medicine approach using acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine, nutrition and massage therapy. I have experienced mental, physical and emotional results improving my overall wellbeing. The Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine and The Academy for Five Elements Acupuncture are located in Gainesville, Florida and offer affordable treatments in their student clinic to the general public. All appointments are supervised by a licensed practitioner, so you end up getting two therapists (or more) for the price of one! I highly recommend giving it a try!

Spirit Resources

Spirit well-being can come in many forms and varies for each person. It can incluce simply being in nature and appreciating art; finding passion and meaning through activities; or connecting with a higher power through meditation or prayer. Learning what is important to maintaining your spiritual well-being and then taking action to incorporate those steps into your daily life can be instrumental in your daily wellness.

  • Beliefnet: A website devoted to providing information on spirituality and a variety religions. They offer devotional tools, audio meditations, popular videos, blogs, prayers, health tips and more. You can even take a quiz to determine which world religions you most align with... you might be surprised by the answer!
  • Spiritual Cinema Circle: International films including a mixture of features, shorts and documentaries that explore spirituality, existence, morality, compassion, the power of the mind, metaphysics and other enriching topics that take your personal journey further.
  • College Students’ Search for Meaning & Purpose: A UCLA National Study reports that college students across the nation are increasingly choosing financial wealth over a meaningful life. Visit this study to learn more about the views of students in relation to life, religion, and spirituality.

Test your Balance

Below are free online assessments/worksheets to discover how well you handle stress and maintain balance. While not all are valid measurements, they can guide your thinking and help determine areas that need improvement.

  • Work-Life Balance Quiz - A Quintessential Careers quiz that helps determine how much work is invading your personal life and how you are affected by the stress of balancing responsibilities.
  • Professional Life Stress Scale - This guide helps you take a closer look at the way you perceive and handle stress.

Additional Wellness Resources