Is your life in balance?
With so much going on at university it can be hard to keep on top of everything. Filling in a "Wheel of Life" could help you. It’s a great way to see all the areas of your life and how satisfied you are in each one.
Take a look at an example of a "wheel of life" diagram. You can download your own version using the link below!
Once you have the print-out, rate how happy you are in each area on a scale from 1 to 5 (1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest):
How is your degree going? Are you putting in the time you need, or getting the skills you need to achieve?
You don't need to be achieving the top grade to rate a 5.
Are you on top of your finances? Are all your bills being paid on time? Do you know where your money is being spent?
Think about how you feel about money and what your bank account looked like at the end of the last term.
Family and friends are important parts of your support network. Think about how you feel about these relationships.
Are you satisfied with the support you have? Do you connect with your family or friends? Would you like to connect more?
Wellbeing is about feeling comfortable and satisfied with yourself and your life. No one is happy 100% of the time but being unhappy a lot of the time can be a sign of low wellbeing and mental distress.
Looking to the past month or two ask yourself, how am I doing? On average how do I feel?
Do you have projects and interests outside of university? It's important to do fun activities you enjoy.
Do you have hobbies you like to do?
Think about your physical and mental health. You don't need to be at peak physical fitness to have good health.
Are you happy with your health? Would you like to improve your fitness, food or mental health?
Once you've rated the different areas, colour each section appropriately.
It important first reflect on your strength. Positive feedback is much more effective in helping you stay motivated and change your future. Look at your wheel and find your strengths.
Here’s an example:
Next you can look at areas for improvement. Think about what could
help you make those improvements.
With the "Wheel of Life" assessment and reflection done, you are on your way to finding balance in your life.
If you want to take things to the next level, check out our article on #SMART Goals to learn how to set goals for improvement. If you are looking for help in making improvements, you can also look at the article on Finding support that works for you.
Thinking about your life and wellbeing can sometimes be difficult. You can always talk to your residential manager or Student Services. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote your hall in the subject line to arrange a meeting with your Wellbeing Reps for peer-to-peer support.
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