Wellness looks different for everybody, and although we have an idea of how we want our wellness goal to look long term, we aren’t always realistic with our choices and small steps that lead us to that end goal of optimal wellness. So let’s get into how research can lead you to carefully, slowly but surely reach your optimal wellness goal.
Researching best practices that support your wellness goal is essential. This gives you a range of what has worked for other people that have most likely been successful with your goal. There are always a multitude of routes one can take to get to a particular destination. Some routes are more effective than others depending on your willingness to commit to the work, your access to knowledge about the topic and your lifestyle. Research gives you room to play with different ideas until you figure out what route is best for you.
Here’s an example of how you could use research to help you achieve your wellness goal -
Goal example: A consistent bedtime routine that leads to ample amount of sleep.
Best practices to achieve this: (online research)
A very important thing to remember is that all of this takes T I M E. You must be patient and give yourself grace as you figure out your strengths and weaknesses.
One more important thing to consider when doing your research, is the sources. Of course most of us prefer to do our research online, but also think about some of these other options:
What is wellness?
We get that question often, so let’s start with that. Wellness means, the state of being in good health.
Which leads us into the meaning of health, the state of being free from illness or injury.
So, wellness is the practice of prioritizing the things that bring you good health and
preventing the things that bring you illness or injury.
Think of an illness or injury like an avoidance.
What is something that you avoid to protect your mind, body and heart?
We know, that can be a heavy question, so here's some examples:
think about what affirmations may encourage you and prevent the avoidances.
Here's another example (we love examples!):
Now that we have a better understanding of wellness and how we can tap into this very important aspect of life, let's get into the topic of part one:
How to Train Your Wellness - Deciding on Your Optimal Goal
This is so important because this helps you identify your “why”. When you know why you're trying to achieve something, it's easier to do the work towards success.
With that, we created another example (😊) that shows what it might look like to breakdown your optimal goal:
Example Goal: Establishing Self Confidence
A four-step breakdown similar to this reveals the importance of holding yourself accountable along your journey.
Training your wellness is hefty work and you must be intentional about it. IVO is here to help you do the work and help you to practice the behaviors that optimize your overall health/wellness.
We want to help you get started with a FREE journal page which is presented as a 30 day challenge to help you track and be consistent with one habit/practice. Click here to access the journal page.
We hope How to Train Your Wellness: Part One, inspired you to commit to training your wellness! We'll be back with Part Two next Wellness Wednesday! Thank you for reading and choose well this week!