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Last week we looked at the different areas that make up your life. You may not usually think about them at length, so the exercise might have helped you identify all those different balls you're juggling in the air, and which of them are slipping out of your grasp.

I'd like to look at the one that our client wants to improve this week, his health. He's already taking care of the "general requirements", as we might call them. He doesn't smoke, he limits his alcohol consumption to a glass of wine (and maybe a few beers, but only on the weekend when he's out with his mates), he takes the stairs at work and goes to play squash once a week. His diet is balanced; his wife is preparing healthy breakfasts and dinners, and he found out by trial and error that choosing sensible lunch portions at the office cafeteria actually makes him feel less sluggish and more alert in the afternoons. Nonetheless, the client complains about a general feeling of dis-ease and nervousness.

As stated in the disclaimer, a coach is not in a position to prescribe medicine or diagnose illnesses. However, in talking with the coach the client did uncover that his last check-up with the general physician is overdue. Also, he's not been to the dentist in a while, and daily flossing before bed, sadly, has given way to a last-minute checking of the basketball scores. The coach also inquired about stress levels, and the client conceded that he hasn't been sleeping well and is always anxious driving to work. In the following conversations, the client establishes strategies how to lower his anxiety and limit the stress.

When was your last check-up? Are you maybe in an age-range that warrants regular checks for cancer, like mammograms or prostate exams? There are many things you can do to prevent major health risk factors, and seeing your physicians on a regular basis is only one of them. As Dr. Oz points out, even things like driving with your seatbelt on and adhering to speed limits influences the stress your body perceives. I invite you this week to take an inventory of your body. Where does it hurt? Which bits are uncomfortable? Talk to your physician about what you can do every day in order to stay well. Take the time to figure it out and get healthy; all the other areas in your life will benefit as a result.

Til next time!

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Wheel of Life

Though our lifestyles may differ, it is fair to say that every person's life comprises a variety of areas. These include health, romantic relationships, career, personal development, spirituality, family and friends, physical environment, to name a few. I'm not quite sure of its origin, but you may have come across a "Wheel of Life" exercise, where you decide which areas of your life are most important to you, and how your satisfaction rates in each area. The following is an example, where the client has identified eight areas, of which his "health" and "career" are the ones he would like to improve.

I believe that genuine satisfaction and happiness can be found once all areas are perceived to be in balance. In this example, the client enjoys a trouble-free relationship, finds joy in his family and friends, is at peace with his spirituality, and lives in a comfortable home environment. He is not satisfied when it comes to his health and his career, and in his mind he could do with a little more free time. He would therefore benefit from a coaching process that helps him achieve a similar level of satisfaction in all areas, without losing ground in the ones he's already happy with.

I invite you this week to think about which areas are important in your life, and which ones you might wish to work on. You may also want to modify the wheel and fill it, for example, with important people in your life and how satisfied you are with your relationships with them.

Til next time!

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