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Getting Well and Staying Well Care Plan

Physical health is only one aspect of wellness.  Wellness goes far beyond blood cholesterol levels and bone density.  Wellness includes mental acuity, a zest for learning, and a tolerance for different ideas.  Wellness brings with it empathy, compassion, and a sense of cohesiveness with the rest of humanity.  Wellness encompasses a fighting spirit, an optimistic outlook, and an attitude of hope.

1.  Identify the present state by gaining clarity regarding the source of your stress and/or weakened areas of resiliency.  Identify only 1 or 2 areas that you wish to focus on for the next 21 days that will have the highest yield for you.

Select the particular area of your life where you want to be better by clearly determining, in explicit, specific terms, what you desire the outcome to be. To get an accurate picture of the new behavior you desire, complete the following statements and questions in your journal:

  • Identify your stress behaviors
  • Identify your energy drains
  • What is the impact of these behaviors?
  • How do I know when I’m “over the top”?
  • What are my red flags?
  • What does my “stress pattern” look like at work? At home? What feedback have I received in the past about my behavior?
  • Be realistic about the barriers to overcoming them
  • Why is this important?
  • What are its causes?
  • Can I solve it alone?
  • If not, whom can I get to help?
  • What must I do first?
  • When will I begin?
  • What are the unintended consequences if I choose to do nothing?
  • What will it cost me?
  • How will I monitor progress? Who can I speak the truth to?

2.  Develop a “Save Your Life” Wellness Plan by Changing your Behavioral Response.  Choose 1-2 behavioral interventions that you will use every day for 21 days that you can easily integrate into your life. 

3.  Make the Plan work.  Do what you commit to.  Use your Learning Partner.

Seek support from your Learning Partner and at least one other person in your life whom you trust who will listen carefully and compassionately without judgment or criticism.  Their role is to offer encouragement, verify you are keeping your commitment, help you identify and overcome obstacles, and help you identify and connect with your feelings as you go through this process.

4.  During the 21 days, track how you are doing in your journal.  Notice the “observer you are” and how you are changing.  At the conclusion of the 21 days, reflect on your success.

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