Wellness? For some, it’s just another buzz word. For others, wellness is something we know we should have, but aren’t sure exactly how to get it. Wellness can be defined in many different ways. In fact, what makes it personal is that wellness can be defined by each of us in our own unique way. We define wellness as an active process through which you become more aware of yourself and make choices that help you live your life in a more successful, healthy and balanced way. Personal wellness includes many different aspects of your life – physical health, lifestyle, spirituality, relationships and selfawareness, just to name a few.
To help you achieve personal wellness, it’s important to create your own wellness plan called a Personal Wellness Philosophy (PWP). This “plan” will help you stay on track as you work to achieve personal wellness, and will remind you how far you’ve come. If you already have a PWP, that’s great! Get it out and let’s review it.
If you don’t have a PWP, before we begin creating one, ask yourself (and answer) a few questions:
Where are you in your personal wellness journey?
Haven’t even started thinking about it
Thought about it, but haven’t created a plan
Have a plan, but haven’t been following it
Have a plan, and it’s working great
Where do you want to be?
How do you want to get there?
Most people have read magazines, watched healthy lifestyle television shows, and searched the Internet enough to know what they need to do to develop healthy lifestyle habits to help them with all aspects of life – everything from weight loss, stress management and exercise, to following medical advice, just to name a few.
But, actually following through on some of these habits can often be a struggle. That’s why it’s important to really connect with yourself – mind, body and spirit. The mind, body and spirit are all connected and key to your having true personal wellness success. Here are some things that you may want to consider when organizing and writing down your PWP.
Defining your wellness philosophy:
- List 5 things that you need in your life to feel well.
- What is your personal wellness philosophy.
Are you living your philosophy? (circle one) YES NO If yes keep IT UP! If no, what are your struggle areas?
- How much time can you dedicate to your personal wellness each day?
- Who is your personal support system that you can share your wellness goals with?
- What is your personal wellness budget? (ie: gym membership, supplementation, classes, etc.)
- Are there any specific areas where you find yourself getting stuck when changing your lifestyle habits?
- What are 5 things you can do to overcome your sticky areas from number 7?