Redefining Health & Wellness

So, you have a goal to be healthier, more fit, to lose weight, be happier, and just feel better in general.  What’s next?

Grab a pen & notebook, your iPad, or whatever… It’s time to take notes and start making the vision in your head a reality.  Ready?

Health and wellness is about more than just diet and exercise.  Think about your mental health as well.

  • Are you happy?
  • How much time do you spend doing what you love?
  • Check in with yourself …  do you remember what inspires you?

If you can’t remember or haven’t thought about your passions in years … don’t worry; you are not alone.  Start by asking your self questions and just getting as much information about you as you possibly can.

What do you consider your strengths to be?  What do your friends and coworkers tell you your strengths are?

You are creating a vision, so dream as much as you want to here.

  • What do you want your life to be like in 10 years?
  • What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  • What do you see in this ideal life?
  • What are you doing (working, going to school)?
  • Who are you spending time with (family, friends)?
  • Where are you (are you living in the same place)?
Once you have a vision, it is time to start defining your goals.  Read all about goal setting in my earlier post, Do You Have a Plan?

I want to save you a lot of wasted time and disappointment by sharing this one thing with you. You have GOT to track your progress.  Put your goals down on paper!  The success rate of women who keep track of their goals is leaps and bounds ahead of those who do not. It is a proven fact.

Other tips for success:

  • Share your goals with your friends & loved ones  
  • Hold YOURSELF accountable  
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Sometimes the only difference between success and failure is getting the help you need.  I’d love to work with you on developing your wellness vision.  Between now and the end of this month, I’m offering $100 of my Personalized Wellness Plan service.
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How To Be Happy

Ah, happiness … why does it elude us sometimes?  We work hard, we’ve done everything we are supposed to do, but that happiness fix seems just out of our grasp.

When I googled “How To Be Happy” before writing this post, there were more than 2.5 billion search results returned.  Seems like we are all on the same quest.

One of Audrey Hepburn’s famous quotes – “The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters.”

But how do we do it?  Most of us don’t think of happiness as a kind of good health.  Getting happy and staying happy involves just as much self-care as scheduling regular visits with our doctors, therapists, and personal trainers.

Part of being a good health coach or wellness coach is the ability to dig deep & figure out what is eating away at us that causes us to overeat or have unsatisfying relationships.

People often ask me, “Why Do I Need Wellness Coaching?”  We are all unique individuals, so the solution to health & happiness is unique for each and every one of us.  In fact, I’d bet if MORE people had personalized wellness plans developed for them, they wouldn’t need a therapist AND a personal trainer — they’d be setting and achieving goals that broke through both their physical and mental health barriers.

Here are some things you can start doing immediately to Get Happy:

1. Practice gratitude.

Once a week, think of just one thing you are grateful for and write it down. The more specific you are about why you are grateful, the more successful this is. Remember not compare yourself to others. When you do this, negative thoughts creep in. Focus on YOUR life!

2. Experience life.

You don’t have to go far — just get out of the house!  Sitting on the couch watching TV isn’t getting you anywhere – literally! – and it’s could be making you depressed.  Even if you don’t want to, take a walk and be grateful for the beautiful scenery around you. Or, get up early one morning and go to a place where you can watch the sunrise. It is a beautiful thing to witness, and you have an opportunity to do it every day.

3. Commit to an attitude of gratitude.
Start each day by saying “I am grateful.” My friend has a small bell hanging in one corner of her office at work. Every once in awhile, someone will brush past it as they enter her office, and the bell softly jingles. This is her private reminder to herself to count her blessings. Find something that works for you.

Other articles you may enjoy:

The Science of Gratitude

What Makes You Smile?

5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better Instantly