Get Started on the Road to Wellness

natural health wellness Jan 16, 2020

This is the first blog in a series on wellness.  Upcoming entries will focus on: diet, fitness, emotions, and your home environment. You are encouraged to assess behaviors related to each area and decide if there are any you’d like to change. Or, are there new practices you’d like to start?

What is wellness? The definition is, the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as a result of a deliberate effort. Or, an approach to health care that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

Awareness

First and most important, KNOW YOUR BODY. In order to promote wellness you must be aware of your current state of health. Where you are starting from?

Make a list of:

  • Challenges you’ve experienced related to nutrition, fitness, sleep, emotions or environmental safety
  • Things you’ve tried to do
  • Any that have worked
  • Any that have not worked

Review your list and pick an area you’d like to work on. Write down a goal you’d like to achieve in that area.

Have you tried to implement lifestyle changes and faced struggles and challenges? Me too! It can be very difficult.

Wellness Goals

Once you decide on a goal, you'll need to implement strategies and methods to help you achieve it.

Start by developing a plan.

  • Set realistic goals
  • Word them in such a way that they are measurable. 
  • Write down steps that will take you to your goal. What do you need to do to make this happen? Be specific.
  • Find a person to help and support you. Share your goal with them. It should be someone you can be accountable to.

Once you have a goal established, track your progress.

  • Keep a daily log or journal of what you do each day to help you achieve the goal.
  • Review your notes at the end of the week. Report the results to someone. Celebrate any victories.
  • Review again at the end of month. Report the results to someone. Celebrate all victories.
  • Evaluate how you are doing every step of the way. Make any necessary adjustments if things aren’t going as well as you'd like. Then recommit.

Any behavior becomes automatic over time with enough repetition. I encourage you to make a conscious decision to take control of your health. Think about why you want to. To have the best chance of being successful, you’ve got to know why you want something. The power of your why is what will help you get through the tough spots and keep you focused on the end result. 

Enjoy life, choose happiness, and be your best every day!

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