The LivingUpp Rate Your 8 self-care assessment tool is designed to help you identify your greatest needs quickly, so you can invest your time and energy more effectively and efficiently.
The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework serves as a compass to help you care for your well-being more holistically. Most of us do really well in one or two areas of our lives, but not so well in others. When you neglect pieces of your life over long periods of time, it can result in poor health, damaged relationships, and even a loss of your sense of self. In this article, you’ll learn how to rate your 8 using LivingUpp’s simple self-care assessment tool, so you can identify your needs quickly.
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The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care Framework
The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework simplifies the healthy lifestyle design process. Using the 8-dimensional self-care pinwheel, you can easily develop a holistic self-care practice that supports the key areas of your life.
Self-care is a preventive health strategy involving actions and behaviors that improve, restore, or maintain good health.
Here’s a quick overview of the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care:
- The Systemic Dimension of Self-Care: How you eat, move and rest
- The Emotive Dimension of Self-Care: How you express yourself
- The Luminescent Dimension of Self-Care: How you illuminate your inner truth
- The Financial Dimension of Self-Care: How you allocate your resources
- The Cognitive Dimension of Self-Care: How you think
- The Aptitudinal Dimension of Self-Care: How you contribute to the world
- The Relational Dimension of Self-Care: How you connect with others
- The Environmental Dimension of Self-Care: How you harmonize with nature
If you’re looking for some structure to help bring self-care into your daily life, the Lifestyle Design Planner incorporates the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework and the Rate Your 8 self-care assessment tool into its daily planning pages. This makes it easier to prioritize and plan your self-care rituals.
How to Rate Your 8
Here’s how the Rate Your 8 self-care assessment tool works:
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), rate how well your current habits and behaviors support each of the 8 dimensions.
For example, if you exercise and eat well most of the time, you’d probably rate the Systemic dimension higher. If you struggle with managing money, you’d likely rate the Financial dimension lower.
Don’t overthink it. Trust your gut. The assessment should take you less than a minute, but it offers valuable information about where to focus your attention. As you move through each dimension, ask this simple question:
How well am I supporting myself in this area of my life?
Consider how your daily habits, choices, and behaviors are impacting each dimension.
- Systemic: How you eat, move and rest
- Emotive: How you express yourself
- Luminescent: How you illuminate your inner truth
- Financial: How you allocate your resources
- Cognitive: How you think
- Aptitudinal: How you contribute to the world
- Relational: How you connect with others
- Environmental: How you harmonize with nature
When to Rate Your 8
The best time to Rate Your 8 is during your morning self-care practice. For the past six years, I’ve completed the Rate Your 8 self-care assessment over a cup of coffee in the morning. Those 20 seconds set my self-care agenda for the day. I can recognize instantly when a specific area of my life needs attention. Using The Lifestyle Design Planner makes it even easier, since the Rate Your 8 assessment is built right in. The planner also makes it easy to identify patterns over time. Looking back over the past weeks and months of assessments helps motivate me to make the shifts to adjust my course.
How to Interpret Your Results
The first thing you need to know is that you will probably never be a “10” in every category. In fact, you may not ever be a 10 in any category. And that’s okay because that isn’t the objective.
The goal of the assessment is to provide you with valuable insights about how you’re supporting your well-being. This simple tool will help you identify where you’re supporting your health well, and where you may need to invest more time and energy.
To interpret your results, focus on the areas of your life that you’ve rated the lowest.
Now It’s Your Turn…
Now it’s your turn to take the Rate Your 8 self-care assessment. Take a minute right now to complete rate each dimension and identify which areas of your life need your attention.
- What did you uncover?
- Where do you need to focus more energy?
- Which self-care dimension will you give attention to first?
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