Keys For Creating A Good Wellness Plan
Wellness has evolved into one of the most important trends in recent years, and people –more aware of this as compared to earlier times- often throw themselves into battle to conquer and establish it in their lives.
But how is it possible that obesity rates have increased to a terrifying level? Why are stress levels in our society so high? Why does the majority often complain of a lack of energy and vitality?
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of illness or disability”.
So, you do realize the stakes are high. The concept of health is not limited to the absence of any illness but extends to being and feeling that you experience life in your absolute best condition — both psychologically and physically — .
But, what is it that systematically leads many people to unsuccessful efforts about well-being?
The factors are certainly not just nutritional or psychological. Our efforts towards any goal are influenced by a combination of things. Above all, of course, by ourselves, our motives, the way we deal with anything on this path, whether the goal is really our own desire or has been “planted” by others.
What you actually need to increase your chances of success in your wellness goals is to follow the steps below:
1. Make certain that this goal is truly your own desire and find your personal motivation for it.
2. Make a general assessment of your present situation as far as the concept of wellness is concerned, evaluate each sector of the wellness cycle (Weight, Hydration, Digestion, Sleep, Activity Levels, Immune System, Stress, Physical Activity) separately.
3. Make a plan of action and be certain that it will be implemented and not just remain on paper.
4. Take responsibility for your entire effort and be ready to do the ‘job’ required.
Two keywords in these steps are “Motivation” and “Responsibility”.
Find what motivates you
>What is the thing that would presently motivate you to make nutritional, fitness, and behavioral changes and alter the habits that weigh you down?
> Describe the things that constantly bother you daily, reversing the situation, as if you have already achieved your goal. How will each of them be described? (for example “I will wake up with more spiritual clarity”, “I will be in a better mood”, “I will not get tired running around when playing with my children”, etc.). How would your life be if you were truly healthy (in the way defined earlier in the article)?
>How do you feel about this description?
> What could you give yourself as a reward for achieving each intermediate goal until you reach your ultimate one? What do you enjoy most about life that could be your reward for every milestone you conquer along the way?
As you can see, all the questions are about YOU and not what other people want you to do or be. External motivation will either work only for a while or won’t work at all. Forget the friend of yours who told you that you gained some weight lately and find YOUR reasons for transforming your body.
Be straight with yourself. Don’t count on others, don’t blame others if something goes out of the plan. Also, don’t blame yourself. Being straight with yourself has nothing to do with either of these two paths(indulgence — guilt). It has to do with looking at yourself directly.
It is your personal responsibility to work on what you want. This applies to everyone and for every goal, not just for your well-being. So, filter out all the supposedly ready, magical, and quick solutions that are often suggested –especially for the purely physical part of your well-being– from various sources, particularly when summer is approaching, and decide that only YOU can hold the wheel on the boat of your change.
The rest comes afterward, and not beforehand. Of course, knowledge, advice, and expert guidance will also play a part, but this role will not have any results if YOU, first, don’t really know yourself, your habits, your automatic reactions, so that you can find the right way to make this self of yours work consciously for your goals.
A tool for self-improvement
“S.R.E.A” is an acronym I like. It stands for a group of words that often helps me in every action plan for the achievement of goals
During the implementation of any kind of plan:
>Reflect on your thoughts, your reactions, your feelings, and their results during or after every experience
>Evaluate and adjust your behavior in the areas you see that you don’t have the desired results.
Anthi Psomiadou — CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International : Credit must be given to the creator/ Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted/ No derivatives