Prioritizing your health and well-being is an essential component of living a fulfilling life. Every aspect of who we are, are interconnected. When one aspect of our life is neglected, or less prioritized, the other aspects have a difficult time to maintain a healthy state of wellness.
A tailored wellness plan offers you a systematic method to improve all aspects of your wellness, while ensuring that each aspect is well supported and contributes to the bigger picture: You.
Yet, it can be daunting when it comes to beginning your wellness journey. With many methods and modalities available, it can be difficult to determine what will suit you best (and where to start!).
Today, I am here to help you take out the guesswork by providing you with the steps to create a personalized wellness plan that aligns with your unique needs and goals.
Let’s dive in!
1) Determine Your Needs
The first step in developing your tailored wellness plan is to complete an in-depth self-evaluation that investigates each aspect of your life. This will help you to narrow down your needs, and determine which aspects of your life will align with each different wellness modality you choose.
Identifying areas that need attention will serve as a foundation for your personalized wellness plan. Here are some starting points:
Physical Health: Assess your present physical health, taking into account aspects such as weight, fitness level, diet, and any pre-existing health concerns.
Mental Health: Consider your mental and emotional health. Do you struggle with any stress, anxiety, or any other mental health issues?
Emotional Well-Being: Examine how you deal with emotions and stress. Is there anything in particular that affects your emotional well-being? How do you go about navigating these situations in your everyday life?
Connections: Consider your social connections and your social support network. Is your social life fulfilling, or do you feel isolated? Who do you lean on the most?
2) Discover Discover Discover!
Your wellness plan should encompass a range of self-care activities that promote your overall well-being. Once you have narrowed down each aspect of your life, and the areas in which you need additional support, consider discovering various modalities that can support each aspect of your life.
If you find your physical health is in need of additional movement, consider exploring how regular exercise or movement can support that area.
If you find your mental health is in need of additional support to help keep you grounded, consider implementing mindfulness and meditation.
If you find your emotional wellbeing is in need of additional mind exercises to keep you busy, consider adopting a new hobby.
If your social life and the connections within it are in need of additional support beyond who you currently lean on, consider joining various groups within your favorite hobby or community.
Choose self-care activities that resonate with you and align with your goals. There is no right or wrong, and certainly no shortage of modalities you can explore! Listen to yourself, and explore what resonates with you and leave behind what does not.
3) Track Your Progress
Once you find a modality that supports an aspect of your wellness goals, it is important to regularly track your progress. This keeps you motivated and allows you to make any adjustments along the road. It also allows you to see what is working and what is not working, so you do not exert all of your energy on a modality that may not be supporting you in the long run.
Keep a wellness journal, use tracking apps or devices, or ask the help of an accountability partner to help you along the way.
4) Be Flexible
Remember that your wellness is an ongoing journey, and your needs may evolve over time. As you grow, so does each aspect of who you are. Your mental health, physical health, emotional wellbeing, and connections all change as you continue to grow and evolve. What may have been working in the beginning of your wellness journey, may not support you in this new phase of your life – and that is okay!
Stay flexible and open to making adjustments to your plan as circumstances change or as you achieve your goals.
There is nothing wrong with a little trial and error, and pivoting as necessary. That’s what makes us human.
Take The First Step with Emily
Making a customized wellness plan is a proactive step in regaining control of your health and well-being. How you embark on that journey is completely in your control and at your own pace.
By carving out a space in your life to prioritize your health and wellness, you are able to fulfill the areas of your life that need additional support.
However, if you are in need of additional support to help you get started, let’s connect! Together, we will work on how you can implement various modalities into your wellness plan to best support you and your goals.
Disclaimer: Emily is a board-certified health coach with knowledge and training in these areas, however, it is important to always consult your doctor to make sure any of these ideas are safe and okay for you.