What are Life Management Skills? Life Management means balancing your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Some of the issues involved in life management include:
- Physical Health: including Nutrition and Exercise
- Mental Health: including how we view the world through our thoughts and feelings
- Decision-Making: interpreting situations, understanding consequences and having confidence and impulse control to make decisions that are in your best interest.
- Coping with Stress: How do you cope? Do you tend to reach for the nightcap or go for a walk? There are many ways to cope with stress that can lead to a greater level of satisfaction in life. Often times, those who have purpose or have found their "passion" can use this as an effective means to stress-management.
- Financial Management: Recent studies show that the average American household with at least one credit card carries at least $10,700 in debt. The average credit card debt has increased 47% since 1989 (creditcard.com). Financial stress is linked to physical and mental health problems, including sleep issues, depression, anxiety, increased substance abuse or other unhealthy coping methods. Learning to manage finances and getting out of debt can lead to a higher level of personal & marital satisfaction.
- Time Management: This is neatly summed up in the Pareto Principle, or the '80:20 Rule'. This argues that typically 80% of unfocused effort generates only 20% of results. The remaining 80% of results are achieved with only 20% of the effort (mindtools.com). Making a plan for the day can not only make you an effective producer, but can also reduce your stress!
- Communication Skills: There are four main types of communication: Assertive, Aggressive, Passive, and Passive-Aggressive. Often, our self-esteem plays a role in which type of communication we are willing to use.
Life has a way of interrupting our learning process to achieve these skills. Life events that disturb normal development can also interrupt our acquisition of life skills. Developmental difficulties can include, but are not limited to: trauma, grief & loss or separation from significant persons in life, physical & mental health complications, substance abuse, and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, neglect.