I’ve almost completed the certification process to become a Health and Wellness Coach and finally did something I was supposed to do at the beginning of the class. I am typically not a procrastinator and cross items off my to-do list a little too enthusiastically. The problem with this task, developing my Wellness Vision, is that I haven’t been inspired by my own vision.
To be honest, I also don’t have that great of an imagination. I wasn’t the type of kid that loved “pretending” and it’s even harder for me to do it now. Believe me, I wish I had that playful, fun side, and could enjoy acting like I’m a dog and crawling around the floor. I swear kids always want to pretend they are dogs. Since imagination isn’t second nature for me, the thought of imagining what my Wellness Vision could be was quite intimidating. Do you want to talk about your wellness vision? Let’s do it! I could help you brainstorm all day, but please don’t ask, “Well what about you?”
Needless to say, the fact that this task has been hanging over my head since December was driving me wild. I didn’t want to just write something to say I did it though; I wanted it to be meaningful and applicable to my life. I’m delighted to share that I finally wrote my Wellness Vision. What finally inspired me? My computer wouldn’t let me log on at work Monday morning.
As I sat there staring at my computer screen, wondering why Monday hated me, I thought of my Wellness Vision and my brain finally kicked into gear. At work, we use the 8 Dimensions of Wellness model to explain to students how to find balance in their lives. I realized that I needed to combine the 8 Dimensions of Wellness and my favorite word “intention” to develop my Wellness Vision. Once I got a pen and pad of paper, the words began flowing and my terrible handwriting couldn’t keep up.
This vision contains reflects my current stage in life, but I imagine my Wellness Vision is fluid and I will edit it as life changes. I encourage you to explore your own Wellness Vision (even if it takes 8 months). As uncomfortable as it can be, internal reflection does wonders for our health and wellness.
My Wellness Vision
I am living my life with intention in the following dimensions of wellness:
- I am nourishing my body with foods that give me energy and make me feel good.
- I am positively recognizing my body for what it can do, not how it looks.
- I am choosing to do exercise that makes my body and mind feel good.
- I am engaging in preventive behaviors and seeking medical advice when needed.
- I am honoring my feelings by giving myself time to recognize, understand and work through them.
- I am seeking peer and/or professional support when necessary.
- I am actively exploring what’s meaningful to me.
- I am satisfied, happy and challenged by the work I am doing.
- I am working to live, not living to work and have boundaries set between my work and personal life.
- I am consciously spending my money and focusing on experiences rather than material items.
- I am making financial decisions that positively impact my family and my future self.
- I am choosing to have connections with individuals that add value to my life.
- I am regularly engaging with my social network while also dedicating alone time for my mind to rejuvenate.
- I am spending time outside and disconnecting from technology to reconnect with nature.
- I am embracing the mantra “outer peace=inner calm” by only keeping items around me that add value, I have an emotional connection with or use regularly.
- I am engaging in situations and discussions that challenge my internal and external biases.
- I am keeping an open mind and always seeking new information.
My motivators are my health, well-being, family and friends.
The strengths I can draw on to help to realize my vision are my self-awareness, intrinsic motivation and passion for self-improvement.
My challenges are external influences, the desire to do too many things and living in the future instead of the present.
My strategies that will help me realize this vision and meet the challenges are revisiting my Wellness Vision regularly, developing short and long-term goals and sharing my vision with my support network.