One of our defining beliefs at Wellness Garage is that when it comes to your health you have to consider ALL of the six pillars of health.
Over the years, we have provided the clinical evidence to support each lifestyle behaviour individually:
In our coaching programs, we have always stressed that the power of these behaviours lie in the fact that they are interconnected.
Our clinical health counsellor Noral recently created an internal guide for our team showing just how each behavior is impacted by, and impacts each other behaviour.
Take a moment to go through this grid and assess yourself.
(Apologies, but this grid needs to be viewed from a desktop or tablet - it's worth the effort!)
When it comes to making positive changes for your health, the first habit is to block some time in your calendar to reflect and plan.
Find 30 to 60 minutes one a week where you can take a moment, without distractions to think about your health.
If you are a Wellness Garage member, use that time to log into myHealthJourney and review the new weekly content that has been added to your plan.
Then take a moment to reflect:
If you had a good week - feel good and review why it was successful.
If you had a poor week or a bad day - figure out what happened. Was it a one-off situation that could not be avoided or was it something that will likely happen again. If it was a one-off, don’t worry about it. If you think that the situation will recur - ask yourself what you will do next time to stay on plan. Now this is the important part - no recriminations, feel good that you have a plan for next time.
Be gentle with yourself when you stumble.
Be positive with yourself when you do better.
Once you have a handle on the past week - take a moment to plan the coming week:
Over time, you will find that this planning takes less and less time.
Defaults will emerge for meals, workouts, sleep and stress management.
Those defaults will become habits and you will be leading the healthy life you desire, but remember it all starts from this first habit.
So now take a moment and block your calendar for your weekly planning and reflection time.
Dr. Brendan Byrne