Guest Article by Jennifer McGregor
Too often, people put their work before their well-being. This is particularly true in the workforce, where employees are frequently pushed to their limits and expected to do more with less. However, it’s important to remember that your health and well-being should always be a top priority. Taking care of yourself is not only essential for your happiness and productivity but can also have a positive impact on those around you. In this post, we will explore the importance of wellness and self-care, and suggest some ways to make sure you are taking care of yourself both physically and mentally.
1) Decide what your wellness goals are
What do you hope to achieve by emphasizing wellness? Perhaps you want to feel less stressed, have more energy, or lose weight. It is important to be specific when setting your goals so that you can track your progress later on.
2) Know the different types of wellness
There are three components to wellness: physical, mental, and emotional. It is important to focus on all three equally when working on your goals.
3) Draft a plan
Once you know what your goals are and what kinds of wellness you want to focus on, it is time to draft a plan of action. Start by brainstorming some ideas for each goal area. (For example, if your goal is to lose weight, some ideas might be to cut out processed foods or work out three times per week.) Then narrow down your list to the most realistic and achievable options.
4) Choose reasonable and reachable goals
As mentioned before, it is important to be specific when setting your goals so that you can track your progress later on. However, it is also important to make sure that your goals are reasonable and achievable. If they’re not, you’re likely to get discouraged and give up before you see any results.
5) Monitor your progress
Take some time every week or month (depending on the frequency of your goal) to check in with yourself and see how you’re doing. This will help you stay motivated and on track towards achieving your goal.
6) Stay accountable
One way to increase the likelihood of achieving your goal is by sharing it with someone else and asking them to hold you accountable (i.e., checking in with you regularly or even joining you in working toward the goal). Another way to stay accountable is by writing down your goal in a place where you’ll see it every day (e.g., on a sticky note next to your computer at work).
7) Be goal-oriented and optimistic
Believe in yourself and know that you can achieve anything you set your mind to! Having a positive attitude goes a long way in achieving success.
8) Be authentic with your career goals for overall wellness
It is important to be authentic to your career goals for overall wellness. Being authentic can help you in many aspects of your life; it can help you be happy with what you are doing, set realistic expectations, have a positive outlook, and create a support system. If you are not authentic to your career goals, it can lead to disappointment and dissatisfaction with your life. It is essential to be authentic to yourself to live a happy and well-rounded life.
9) Reap the benefits of going back to school
Working and going back to school are not mutually exclusive. Many people find that they can combine their work with education. Whether you want to earn a degree in business, nursing, or teaching, when looking at the options, consider enrolling in an online program. With online learning, professionals can take courses that fit their schedules and learn at their own pace. Online learning is often more affordable than traditional classroom-based learning. Finally, online learning allows professionals to gain new skills and knowledge that can be applied to their current jobs, giving them a competitive edge in the workplace.
Overall, remember that YOU deserve the time and effort necessary to achieve YOUR version of wellness! By taking steps like formulating a wellness plan, choosing attainable goals, and going back to school, you can achieve your wellness goals. These tips are merely suggestions and there is no one “right” way to go about prioritizing your well-being.
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4 Replies to “Achieving Your Wellness and Self-Care Goals”
Such great tips on how to look after your wellness and stay on track!
Hi Roaring Pumpkin. I’m glad you enjoyed them!
Making sure we nurture our well-being is so important; it’s a shame that so many of us set it aside so often. This was a great reminder to make this a priority again!
This is so true as we can easily get so caught up in life we forget to really take that time for ourselves. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Molly. 🙂