You might not immediately think of relationships when you’re working on developing a wellness practice, but at the IAWP, we consider all aspects of life as crucial to health. This is a philosophy we call Wellness 360.
Wellness 360 is the idea that when balancing out your wellness, you need to take into consideration how each thing in your life impacts the other things. Each aspect we call an element of wellness and these elements are the building blocks of living a healthy life.
One such element that is super important to your overall wellness is the element of Relationships. This article will help define what this means in your life and how you can work to balance out this element.
Let’s dive right in and talk about your Relationships!
Importance of the Relationships Element
Our well-being is hugely dependent on the nature and quality of our relationships. When we say relationships, we don’t just mean romantic partners. This means all the relationships in your life, including partners, spouses, parents, siblings, coworkers, neighbors, and so many others. This also includes the relationships you have with your Wellness Coaching clients.
Our relationships span the intimate, to the social, to the professional, and beyond. We can’t ever step outside of relationships since they are the foundation of everything we do in life. People make up the world around us and our lives. So it makes sense when you realize that working on our relationships and learning healthy relationship skills can have a huge impact on our well-being.
When things aren’t going well in your relationships, it can be really hard to care about eating well, exercising, and you may have issues with sleep. In other words, they can have a serious impact on the quality of your wellness practice and your overall ability to make changes in your life. It’s so important to work on your relationships on your path to wellness, health, and well-being.
Understanding the Relationships Element
The element of Relationships includes several levels of your connections and interactions with others. On the outer layer, it’s about the actual people in our lives and our exchanges with them. These relationships can be nurturing and help us grow. But they can also present us with serious challenges and cause significant stress in our lives.
We naturally seek out relationships in our lives because they are a crucial part of our overall well-being. Humans are social creatures and need others in order to feel stable and happy. Connection, touch, and communication are all parts of relationships that contribute to our health and wellness. But on the other hand, the conflict that comes from relationships can affect our emotions, raise our blood pressure, and negatively impact our bodies and mindsets.
Toxic relationships can harm us, send us spiraling into depression and anxiety and reduce our motivation to make positive changes in our lives. It’s so important to take a good look at your relationships to make sure they’re supporting your well-being and adding to your motivation to create wellness in your life.
Self Love and Care
Moving from the external level to the internal level, we focus on the relationship that we have with ourselves. This is the most important one of all and the one you’ll have the longest in your lifetime. It’s essential to pay close attention to your relationship with yourself and have periodic check-ins, even when things seem to be going well.
Spend some time thinking about how you feel about yourself. Do you feel a lot of self-love? Take a good look at your sense of self and your levels of self-esteem. Are they as healthy as they could be? We often put conditions on ourselves that we will only be happy or at last approve of ourselves when we meet certain goals (i.e. lose weight, get a better job). Our tendency is to create really lofty goals that are hard to achieve, therefore we end up failing and losing even more self-esteem in the process.
Self-love is a type of unconditional love that is present no matter what happens in your life. It’s about having compassion and gentleness for ourselves. And it’s the most important ingredient when it comes to success. It’s nearly impossible to achieve our dreams and build healthy relationships with other people if we haven’t built up solid self-love in our lives.
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IAWP Certified Wellness Coach Alie Harwood supports her wellness coaching clients to cultivate self-love and self-care followed by how to attract loving relationships. “Self-love can sound challenging, but once you experience it, you realise it’s the gateway to true happiness and fulfilling relationships.” Alie was recently featured in Authority Magazine in a series on “Connecting with Yourself to Live With Better Relationships”.
Balancing the Relationships Element
Now that you understand more about the Relationships element, you realize how significant it is when it comes to building lifelong wellness practices. There’s just no way to be truly healthy without working on our relationships. With that in mind, here are some great first steps to working on this element.
1. Make quality time for relationships.
When life gets busy and hectic, it can be easy to take the people around us for granted. Too often people end up living with regret because they lost someone in their life and didn’t get enough time with them. The best way to reduce the possibility of regret is to focus on your relationships and make room for them in your life now. This takes conscious practice and prioritizing.
That to-do list will always be long and stressful. But your partner, kids, parents, or friends deserve your time and attention. It’s important to intentionally create space in your life to nurture those relationships and help them to grow in healthy ways.
2. Set aside time for yourself.
Focusing on taking care of yourself should take priority in your life, especially since your effectiveness in all other areas of your life depends on it. If you’re having a hard time finding time for self-care, take a good look at all your commitments.
It can be really easy to say “yes” to everything and suddenly have more on your plate than you bargained for. Learn how to say no, put unimportant things off for the future, and reprioritize your life. Your health and well-being depend on it.
3. Do a Wellness 360 check.
Pull back the focus from just relationships to take a look at the rest of the elements in the Wellness 360 wheel. What other things in your life are causing stress? Are there any other aspects of your life that might be negatively impacting your relationships? Work on making changes in those areas so you can reap the benefits of improved relationships.
Support for the Relationship Element
By focusing on this element, you’ll find more balance, joy, and connectedness in your life. If you’ve always wanted to help others with balancing out all areas of their lives (including their relationships) as a Wellness Coach, maybe it’s time to start looking into this career path for you.
You can learn more about what makes the IAWP’s Holistic Health and Wellness Coach training unique by clicking here. Feel free to reach out to an admissions advisor at any time! We’d love to talk more about our program with you to find out if it’s a good fit.