EVOLUTIONARY MODEL OF WELLBEING

The evolutionary model of wellbeing is based on the 7 dimensions of wellness, 5 aspects of self AND  alignment with nature’s seasons. It aligns with our four brains. Thinking (head) feeling (heart) sensing (gut/intuition) and talking (physical body).  When all these elements are aligned we live life with a healthy mind, body and spirit - the root to pure joy, freedom and happiness.

SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS AND THE FIVE ASPECTS OF SELF

THE FRIEND

CHARACTERISTICS: Friendship, Love, Family and Environment

DIMENSION: Environmental Wellness & Social Wellness

The Friend has four components: friendship, love, family and the environment

Friendships enrich your life and improve your health. Friendships can have a major impact on your health and well-being, they can also increase your sense of belonging and purpose and boost your happiness and reduce your stress. They are effective in improving your self-confidence and self-worth through quality friendships they enable you to grow as a person. 

THE GUIDE

CHARACTERISTICS: Spirituality, Self-Care, Culture and Identity 

DIMENSION: Spiritual Wellness

The Guide comprises of four elements: spirituality, self- care, gender identity, and cultural identity 

Spiritual beliefs are an important part of how many people deal with life's joys and hardships. Faith, whatever kind, provide people with a sense of purpose and guidelines for living. Medical studies have confirmed that spirituality can have a profound positive effect on mental states. 

THE AMAZON

CHARACTERISTICS: Realistic Beliefs, Stress Management, Self-Worth, and Leisure

DIMENSION: Intellectual Wellness

There are four elements to The Amazon: Realistic Beliefs, Stress Management, Self-Worth, and Leisure

Irrational beliefs are the foundation of many people’s frustrations and disappointments with life. A place where we ask questions about 'who we are'. Similarly, self-worth can be heightened through effective management of life’s challenges as self-worth is valuing your inherent worth as a person.

THE STORY TELLER

CHARACTERISTICS: Thinking, emotions, control, positive humour, and work

DIMENSION: Emotional Wellness & Occupational Wellness

There are five elements to the Story Teller: thinking, emotions, control, positive humour, and work

As many studies over time have suggested, what one thinks affects our emotions as well as the body.

Similarly, our own emotional experiences have a habit of affecting our cognitive responses to similar experiences. Positive expectations influence emotions, behaviour, and anticipated outcomes, and positive humour are known to have a pervasive influence on physical as well as mental functioning.

THE ATHLETE

CHARACTERISTIC: Exercise, Nutrition and the “speaking” body 

DIMENSION: Physical Wellness

The Athlete includes three elements, exercise, nutrition and the ‘speaking’ body

Exercise and nutrition are widely promoted in society today, however, they are overemphasised and do not incorporate all other aspects of self for evolutionary wellness to become a ‘better’ self.  Consistent exercise and proper nutrition play a vital role in your ability to maintain your overall health and quality of life. Your body needs quality fuel and proper maintenance to function, however, it also ‘speaks’ to you to let you know when other aspects of yourself are out of balance. 

SEASONAL ATTUNEMENT

The seasons affect our energy levels, just as the moon-phases have an impact on our emotions and moods

SPRING - The Season Of Renewal
CHARACTERISTICS: Opportunity, learning, thoughtfulness, being dynamic, self-reflection, solid decision making, increased self-belief, stimulate experiences of joy, trust, excitement, love, new growth, goal setting, altered mindset, developing new skills, contacts new friends, change of career.

SUMMER- The Season Of Abundance
CHARACTERISTICS: Rewards, celebration, fulfilment, opportunities, choices, decisions, prolonged reflection, stimulation, experiences of passion, excitement, courage, confidence, insufficient time, fatigue, networking, travel, leisure, risk-taking, moving out of your comfort zone, creativity, optimism, positivity

The Season Of Harvest

CHARACTERISTICS: Survival, problems, challenges, transitions, self-reflection, letting go, shedding the unneeded, stress, frustration, anxiety, anger, overwhelm, disappointment, change, thoughtfulness, intolerance, ineffectiveness, comfort,

WINTER- The Season Of Stillness

CHARACTERISTICS: Hibernation, reflection, planning, solitude, peace, social bonding, losses, procrastination, thinking, journaling, time, apathy, lack of energy, illness, depleted immune system, bonding, falling in love with life, appreciation, optimism and pessimism, deep thinking, thoughtfulness, life-changing, life purpose

THE FOUR BRAIN APPROACH

THINKING BRAIN

CHARACTERISTICS: The thinking brain is self-explanatory it is just that the brain used for thinking, cognitive reasoning, how we perceive the world, the stories we tell ourselves, making meaning of senses. This is the brain where The Story Teller aspect of yourself resides.

THE FEELING BRAIN

CHARACTERISTICS: This is where all the emotion is stored and felt through the heart brain. This is where we process all of our emotions, happiness, joy, love etc. This is where all our dream, aspirations connections with others lie. This is where we give to self and others. This is where The Friend aspect of self often resides.

THE SENSING OR GUT BRAIN

CHARACTERISTICS: This is the core of who we are, where we have a sense of knowing what is right or wrong. Where we hold our deepest values, the deepest knowing of ourselves. A place of protection, loyalty to self. Where we feel connected or divided a place of certainty yet uncertainty if we do not engage in this brain. This is where we find The Guide aspect of ourselves

THE SPEAKING BRAIN

CHARACTERISTICS: This is the brain we more often than not ignore. This is the brain where we feel physical pain, where we have illness and dis-ease a place of abandonment and disconnection from our three other brains. This brain speaks loud and clear to us when the other three brains feel like they have been disengaged. This is where The Athlete aspect of our self is found. A place to listen for self-love.

THE EVOLUTIONARY MODEL OF WELLBEING ASSESSMENT

Supports you to reconnect to the essence of who you are, identify and clarify what you most desire, expanding awareness of thoughts, feelings and actions. Start to  align with your desires to create and develop strategies, action plans and environments to help achieve life goals.  All the time evolving, spiritually, physically mentally and emotionally.

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