Wellness and Wellbeing; the action piece and the will power
Wellness is connected to the action piece which includes diet, exercise, and sleep. If you want to improve your wellness then you can choose to take any of these 3 actions. It doesn’t need to be something grand or complex, a simple and small action would do just fine. For example, it can be taking less sugar in your morning coffee, not taking wine during office hours, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or adding 45 minutes to your sleep cycle.
Wellbeing is related to thoughts and emotions. These together translate to will power. When we try to achieve our health goals, we are mostly relying on our will power to get us through. This is a wrong approach which will only help you in the short run. Because sooner or later our will power will give way and you are bound to slip.
Hence, the effective way of approaching your health goals is to address both wellness and wellbeing i.e. use both the action piece and the will power. Because an action takes place on two levels, both in the outside and the inside world. So, it is only sensible that we address this in a similar manner.
How to implement this?
For this, you need to follow a 3 step process,
- Discover what you want? You need to set up specific health and fitness goals which you would like to achieve. So instead of saying I want to lose some weight, you need to say that I want to lose 12 lbs. of weight.
- Design a plan. Remember that I told you earlier that you need to come up with small and simple. Well, this is it. This is going to be your plan or protocol which works for you. It can be anything like smiling at a person you find annoying or deciding to take less sugar in your coffee.
- DARE. This is where you need to follow your designed plan and stick by it. If you managed to follow through on the action then you should reflect whether you relied only on will power or on the action piece as well. Whether you did it easily or were you struggling. These will help you in readjusting your protocol in a manner which is more suited.
Your thoughts, emotions, and actions are the keys to achieving your fitness goals. Hence, you should pay attention to them and try to understand how it all works. Designing a plant and sticking by it is empirical if you want to achieve your health and fitness goals. That would be it for today. Go Forth! Create Great!