What are the areas of life?
Starting from a position that every part of our life stems from the Body, Mind and Spirit, we suggest the following life areas are the most important to follow…
|1. Health & fitness||Body – lead a healthy lifestyle|
|2. Well-being||Mind and Spirit – look after our mental needs|
|3. Relationships||Body, Mind and Spirit – for our emotional and intimacy needs|
|4. Family||Spirit – guidance and care of others|
|5. Career||Mind and Spirit – finding meaning in the work we do|
|6. Finances||Body and Mind – stability and security|
|7. Spiritual/Religion||Spirit – morals, values, and guidance|
|8. Environment||Body and Spirit – connect with mother earth and looking after the world around us|
|9. Giving back||Spirit – helping those around us|
|10. Social||Body, Mind & Spirit – for life balance and interaction with others, and having fun along the way|
So what is the point of using Life Areas?
Life Areas are a mental starting point for helping us define what is important to us, and help us maintain balance in life.
Some life coaches use building support pillars as a metaphor for Life Areas, to keep our lives stable. An article on the site dumblittleman.com makes a great analogy that you may have a number of pillars in life, and may even get along with one or two missing. But if you have too many low pillars, or too many missing pillars your house is in danger of falling down around you.
Breaking down our lives into a few high level pillars, gives us a relatively simple list to keep an eye on, to pay attention to. These Life Area pillars give us a base on which to define the goals we want and need to set, in order to progress in life in a balanced way.
A good list of Life Areas helps to balance our lives, so it’s good practice to ensure your list of Life Areas includes suggestions by the experts. In doing so, you will begin to think about areas you may not have considered before . . . and that’s a GOOD THING!
Here, we cover Life Areas in more detail, starting with how to define your life areas and moving to a useful tool – the Wheel of Life – which can also be used to assess your Satisfaction Level and life Balance.