The definition of wellness is the state and condition of being in good physical and mental health, especially as a result of deliberate effort. When it comes down to it, it would appear that stress affects every aspect of wellness and that then is an approach to healthcare with an emphasis on preventing illness, and prolonging life, as oppposed to fousing on treating diseases. It’s never too late to begin your path to ongoing and prolonged wellness. Here are a few steps you can take to get you started.
Write it Out
Carve out some time to write down a list of what you desire your wellness needs to be. A good time to do this if you feel pressed for time is waiting in line at your dentist/doctor’s appointment, waiting to pick up a friend or family member, or if life allows – anytime you can create a quiet space and environment to tap into your inner voice. Consider these factors: What is your personal wellness vision? Where do you envision yourself two years from now?
What’s in Your Way?
Ask yourself what, when and how you plan to achieve these goals. Make a list of the obstacles you face when trying to achieve specific goals. Pinpoint exactly which of these are true obstacles, and which of them can be circumvented and removed. Be clear – no excuses!
Make a Plan
Rarely has any task ever been achieved without a specific plan in place. Lay out a plan, as well as the solutions to possible setbacks. Your plan should be concise, yet flexible, allowing room for small variables.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself on track, keep a journal, and write in it daily. If one of your goals is to focus on weight loss – and your specific plan is to eat better or workout more, enlist a workout buddy, or start a food plan with your co-workers, friends and family members.
Ask for Help
Yes, it’s okay to ask for help. In fact, it’s almost impossible to do everything alone! This sort of ties in with the step above, if you feel overwhelmed or need extra support, ask for it! You might find yourself amazed at all the positive aid you receive from those who care about you.
One Day at a Time
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are all your plans going to come to fruition immediately. If you fall off your path, revisit your list, don’t waste too much time giving yourself a hard time, and get back on the proverbial horse!
Learn From Your Mistakes
If everyone keeps insisting that a certain dietary trend or workout routine is the only way to go, but you KNOW it doesn’t work for you, stop doing it. The past is in the past, move forward to something that works specifically for you, and fits your lifestyle!
This is a biggie, and just may be the most important factor along your path to wellness and healing. Keep your chin up, focus on the positives, and smile – even when you don’t feel like you can. Your body responds well to these types of stress blockers.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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