First, Set Your Goal
Before you can REACH your wellness goal, you have to SET your wellness goal. If you don’t already have your wellness goal in mind, here are some questions to get you thinking about what you want to work towards:
What’s important to you?
What interests you?
What brings you joy?
What can you do with friends?
What are you good at?
Take a few moments and answer these questions. Your wellness journey HAS to come from within. If you set goals based on what you think you SHOULD be doing, what others do, or what you see in magazines, chances are your new behavior won’t last very long.
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Okay, so now you have your goal...
It’s important to develop a strategy around your goal to make sure you actually complete it.
Follow these steps for your wellness goal:
1. Find a cue. A cue is a trigger that encourages the new behavior. For example:
Making your morning coffee = mini-yoga flow
Getting ready for bed = turn off all blue lights
Sitting down for a meal = pour a glass of water
The trigger is the thing that reminds you to do your new behavior. You’ll get in a routine
and before you know it, you’re habit is locked in.
2. Do the behavior. (Surprise!) This comes immediately after the cue and will come naturally after a few weeks.
3. Establish a reward. This is something that you truly enjoy and aligns with wellness. For example, after your mini-yoga flow, your reward is your coffee. After you turn off all blue lights, your reward is indulging in a new book. After you drink the full glass of water, you enjoy a piece of chocolate or other favorite treat. These are just some examples to reinforce your new behavior. The reward can change based on what you are interested in at the time. If a piece of chocolate doesn’t sound good to you after your meal, find something else that you enjoy.
If you are interested in diving deeper into self-exploration, I recommend trying a wellness journal like Start Where You Are: A Journey for Self-Exploration or Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are.
By: Brittany Guerin, Movement and Wellness Coach
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