MY WELLNESS TRIANGLE
To define wellness you must consider all of the ways you function: physically in your body, mentally
in your mind and socially in your dealings with others. If you change any one side of this wellness
triangle, the whole thing changes. Stress is the response of the body to the demands of daily living.
List at least one stressor that you have experienced in the last 12 months of your life. Which side
of the Wellness Triangle does the stressor mostly affect? (mental, physical, social) Using specific
examples, explain how this stressor has created an unbalance wellness triangle. Be sure to give an
example of how each aspect of health has been altered.
Ex. Stressor – broken ankle. My broken ankle has slowed me down and kept me from doing all that I
want to do. I cannot participate in PE class or volleyball. This has caused me to become depressed
which has changed my mental health. Because I was experiencing some depression I did not have any
motivation to be very social. I discontinued communication with some of my friends and family
members and I am very irritable. My social health changed and several of my relationships are falling
Explain how you will work to manage your stress so that your wellness triangle begins to balance
out. Provide specific examples of your stress management plan.
Ex. The first thing I need to do to balance out my wellness triangle is to change my mental attitude. I
need to be more positive and understand that my physical limitation is only short term. I will recovery
and life will go on. I will still be able to participate in volleyball but I might just have to work harder
to achieve my potential after the injury. I also need to realize that my family and friends have been
affected by my poor mental attitude and depression. I need to make more of an effort to communicate
my feelings in all my relationships. After I recover I plan to continue exercising and participating in
the activities that I enjoy. I know that more rest will also help my mental and physical health.