The goal for any coach should be more than just getting by. In fact, there should be multiple goals set for all areas of living to focus on the wellness of the whole person.

Recovery is about more than being sober or not, it really encompasses all areas of life. Therefore, recovery coaches often help people in some of these other areas to achieve wellness, becoming more of an overall life coach in the process.

What Areas Should We Address for Wellness?

The most common areas to address include relationships with immediate family members, such as parents, spouse/significant other, children siblings, etc. Other close relationships should also be examined, such as best friends and other loved ones.

Physical and mental health and wellness are of course essential as well. While some of this may be addressed through treatment, therapists or other professionals, there are many ways to be able to work on these, such as improving exercise, diet and sleep.

Work and contribution are essential areas of wellness. Sometimes our jobs are wonderful compliments to our life and we have a thriving work environment where we feel like we are doing something of significance, even if it is to do a good job to earn good pay to provide for our families. There is purpose behind it. If someone doesn’t need to work for the money (which is rarely the the case), then they need to be doing something the contribute to others in some way, whether through volunteering, working at home or providing some other type of service. Contribution helps us to feel valuable.

The Six Dimensions of Wellness

Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), this interdependent model for the Six Dimensions of Wellness provides the categories from which NWI derives its resources and services.

What other areas of wellness can you define that should be included in your overall assessment of life?