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How to Write a Wellness Plan

July 10, 2011 by  

Your body is your temple.  You only have one body.  There are so many different phrases and sayings, but they all focus on one thing; take care of your body by making healthy decisions today for tomorrow.

In order to guide your choices and to reach your goals for a healthier you, it is important to establish and follow a personal wellness plan.  If you are currently experiencing health issues, this is even more essential to implement into your daily activities.

It isn’t difficult to put a personal wellness plan together.  It’ll take some calculating and a little research and can be put together using Microsoft Excel quite easily.

How to Write a Wellness Plan

The purpose in creating a wellness plan and “putting it to paper” is to identify your health goals and provide a plan to follow to reach these goals.  Even the best intentions can quickly be forgotten when not written down due to the day-to-day, but when you take the time to research and put a plan in writing, it is easier to hold oneself accountable.

  1. Decide whether you will be focusing on the short-term or the long-term.  A short-term wellness plan is used to target and correct specific health problems.  For instance, high cholesterol would be something a short-term wellness plan would focus on and the goal of this plan would be to identify ways to lower your cholesterol.  A long-term wellness plan focuses on your daily health for 6 months or more.  Included in this would be weight control, muscle build, heart rates/pulse, etc.
  2. What are your goals?  Does cancer run in the family?  Do you plan to get pregnant in the near future?  These are reasons for having a health and wellness plan.  Develop a plan to help prevent cancer.  Develop a plan to provide for a healthy pregnancy.  And so on.  Do you get colds every winter?  Be proactive and put together a short-term plan to reduce your chances of getting a cold this coming winter.  Identify your goals and then put together the wellness plan to help you achieve these goals.
  3. Identify the steps that will help you reach and achieve your goals.  Examples of steps to help would be:
  • Recipes for healthy meals
  • Consumption of known herbs or medicines for your symptoms or for prevention
  • Exercise regimen
  • Rewards that you give yourself for staying on the plan or reaching identified milestones within your plan

The rewards step is important because it provides a way to identify milestones within your plan that once reached and the reward is made it helps to reinforce the overall goal of the plan and the greater reward down the road.  It is hard to stick to a plan when you don’t see any immediate results, often with a wellness plan you won’t see immediate results, but by rewarding yourself along the way, in a sense, you are seeing results.

No two wellness plans will be the same.  You need to take into consideration your health goal, your daily activities, your diet, and what motivators you can identify to help reward you an keep you on track to reaching the overall goal of your short-term or long-term wellness plan.

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