An ultimate wellness plan will help reduce the stress in your life. It’s important to make an investment in yourself. Studies have found you will live longer.

Your mind and body give you warning signs. But, when you are stressed out you tend to ignore them. When you do this you are ignoring the ultimate wellness inside you.

Ultimate wellness starts from within.

You shouldn’t feel like you have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. And, you shouldn’t be around people that make you feel that way.

You need to start to take responsibility for your own wellness, today. This starts with preventive care. This means, screening tests for early detection of disease. This can help you live longer

Women are living longer these days. On average, women live to the age of 81. When you take responsibility for your wellness you are adding years to your life.

This means you will be around longer for your family. That is what they want most anyway. My mom was 82 when she passed away. Believe me, I would absolutely love it if she were still around today.

I know, nobody lives forever. But, when you have an effective wellness plan you will live happier and longer. This means you will enjoy your time with your family and friends much more.

A wellness plan doesn’t have to be complicated. There is more to wellness than taking care of your physical and mental wellbeing. Although, these are important ones. Remember, small steps lead to big steps.

Here are 7 strategies for an effective ultimate wellness plan:

  1. Emotional wellness. This is also known as mental wellness. The first step is being able to identify how you are feeling and why? Meaning, does this come from an internal or external force? It also means being able to accept yourself (and your feelings) and have healthy coping strategies. Rather, than smoking a few cigarettes to help you calm down try going for a walk in the sunshine. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of social stigma around conversations of emotional and mental wellness. Especially, in the workforce. It’s important to be in a workplace where you feel safe about sharing how you feel. I want you to ask yourself if your workplace supports emotional wellbeing? Some examples are, offering mental health days, stress management programs/workshops, promoting services available in your community, and providing mindfulness training.
  2. Spiritual Wellness. Studies have found that this goes hand in hand with emotional wellness. I’m not talking about religion. Spiritual wellness is about aligning your values with your actions. This will help you live in peace and harmony, and feel fulfilled in life. When your spiritual wellness is in check you will have a guiding set of beliefs, values and principles. This will help give your life purpose and direction. Make sure you have a plan. Go to yoga, meditation, make sure there is a quiet space in your office you can go to get away from work, and volunteer. Studies have found that giving back is good for your mental health.
  3. Social wellness. This means being able to relate and connect with people at work, home and in your neighborhood. Work on building and maintaining positive relationships that add meaning and value to your life. Start today by taking initiative for a social wellness plan. You can invite friends over for dinner, or ask them to go on a hike. Have meaningful conversations. Connect with people you feel aligned with. This will help make friendships and relationships for meaningful. You can do this at work and at home.
  4. Physical wellness. This means taking care of your body, so your body can function optimally. Physical wellness has various components, like nutrition and movement. This doesn’t mean extreme exercise. This means being able to get through your day without feeling physically or emotionally fatigued. This also means avoiding destructive habits such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco and sedentary behavior. Go for a walk, bike ride, organize a fitness challenge, take 15 minute activity breaks during the day, use the stairs, and get enough sleep.
  5. Occupational wellness. This means feeling fulfilled with your work and your chosen career path. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice work life balance to feel fulfilled with your work. Stress is the number one killer, and work creates a lot of this. It’s important you work at a company that promotes occupational wellness. This means regular health risk assessments and promoting preventive health. Working in a smoke free office. Having a flexible work schedule and being involved in making decisions for the company.
  6. Intellectual wellness. This means opening your mind up to new ideas and experiences that will benefit your personal and professional lives. When you are intellectually well you will have a desire to learn and apply new concepts. Make sure to take advantage of the resources available to you to expand your knowledge. This can be developed through taking classes, cultural involvement and hobbies. You can also host a book club. This will help your mind and will help you feel better.
  7. Environmental wellness. This means being aware of your immediate surroundings, nature and environment. You want to protect yourself and others from environmental hazards. It’s important to think about the land, air, water and how to protect it. Also, make sure you have plenty of natural light. You can also have plants at home and in the workplace. Make sure you are drinking filtered water and that air filters are cleaned regularly.

Start by picking one are of wellness to improve the quality of your life today. Develop a weekly plan. You can put it on your calendar. Start with small steps. If you’d like, you can have an accountability partner. This will help keep you on track.

If you liked this article, there are more in Taking Better Care of Yourself. It is filled with tips that will help you feel happier and more fulfilled.

Lianne Avila is a Marriage & Family Therapist helping people in San Mateo, CA who are looking to create a life that is happier and more fulfilling. Please subscribe to Lianne’s newsletter on www.LessonsforLove.com to learn more about her services and expertise.

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