How to Put Together Your Wellness Program
1) Set your goals: Consider whether you can actually hit the targets you set for yourself.
2) Value self love: Love is not just a feeling, it is something you do and can enrich your life so make a special point to express your appreciation to yourself as well as those that are important to you.
3) Prioritize sleep: When you don't get enough sleep your physical and mental health can be affected, along with your mood.
4) Breathing: Quieting your mind and focusing your breath can help calm and nurture your ability to be present in the moment.
5) Refresh: Getting outside may help you feel energized with a routine of outdoor activities.
6) Boost your body: Aerobic exercise is all about getting more oxygen pumping through your body, 30 minutes of an activity that boosts cardio is recommended per day.
7) Fight fatigue: Water fuels your body and without enough, makes you feel drained and tired.
8) Laugh away your stress: Laughter increases the flow of oxygen, stimulates circulation, lowers stress and helps your muscles relax.
9) Eat well: Good food nourishes mind, body and soul.
10) Practice peace of mind: Quiet your mind from rumination by making a plan of action and writing it down, creates an internal calm that leads to reduced stress and improved mood.
11) Maintain proper posture: Holding your body in a position that best protects your muscles and ligaments from strain can help prevent fatigue, aches and pains.
12) Reflect: Think about all of your blessings, and how much wisdom you have gained from learning experiences that have caused you pain. Feeling grateful will help you stay grounded and happy.
When it comes to your preparing your wellness plan....
1) Plan ahead: Have you booked your annual check up with your GP for this year?
2) Make plans with friends: Friends are good for your health, instead of turning down social events outside your comfort zone, take a chance and go! Simply say: "Okay".
3) Try out a new meal once each week: Include all four food groups and add spices instead of salt.
4) Bring balance to your mind with meditation: Take a moment to just breathe. Quieting your mind and focusing on your breath can help calm you.
5) Spend time outside and let the natural light lift your mood.
6) Find new ways to keep fit: Keep your exercise routine interesting by varying what you do from one day to the next.
7) Tell yourself it is time to sleep: When thoughts race when your head hits the pillow, you are practicing staying awake. Instead write down your thoughts to deal with them tomorrow, and tell yourself it is now time to sleep...sleep...sleep...sleep.
8) Take time to slow down: pay attention to stress levels and give yourself a break, even if it is just for a few moments of stretching away the stress.
9) Work with what you've got: When there are frustrations or things not working well, it isn't about what it should be, it is about what it is. Now deal with it accordingly.
10) Cherish the important moments: Take a moment and cherish the blessings that you have, instead of concentrating on what you don't have or haven't accomplished yet. These are your blessings that make for a rich life, don't let them pass you by!
What are the areas we need to cover in our Wellness Plan?
(Positive thinking, valuing and accepting oneself)
(Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being)
(Satisfaction with current and future via active decision making)
(Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills)
(Personal and enrichment from one's work)
Recognizing beneficial lifestyle choices that make us feel and become healthier)
(Developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system)
Meaning & Purpose
(Exploring and understanding one's core ideals, values, principles and purposes in life)
Good to start to think about all of the different components you need in order to put together your own wellness plan. Food intake and your resulting weight management routine is just one component of wellness.
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