Optimal well-being for you is not the same as optimal well-being for someone else. Each person’s genetic, chemical, environmental, cultural and mental realities are different. We need different foods, healthcare, amounts of intentional exercise, and forms of amusement in order to function at our best possible levels. The only thing that remains the same for everyone is that we need to be in a state of physical, emotional and mental balance. Imbalances mess up everything you can think of, maybe more. Preventing them, and focusing on what keeps you a peak performance, is a lifelong effort.
Books, magazine and newspaper articles, broadcast media plus websites tout many ways to reaching an optimal state of well-being. Consider them carefully and you’ll notice ads for spas, vitamins, diets and subscriptions to updates to improve your well-being. But there are steps for bypassing the sales pitches and helping yourself along at no financial cost.
Consider the fact that balance implies equal and mutually beneficial amounts of opposites (sometimes called “counterpoints”), variables and innovations. The macrobiotic diet, for instance, is all about balancing the power of food with the health needs of the diner. Necessary exercise regimens are figured out by assessing how much a person already uses their bones and muscles in a given day versus how much more or less they should be moving for ideal health. Now you’re ready to study some basic steps for reaching the optimal state of your well-being.
Step One, be certain of your inner and outer health status, and how that compares to the norm for your part of the world. Medical tests, energy levels – and the lack of them, plus your sense of desire for reaching a specific wellness goal are big clues to what needs to be improved. Discuss things with your doctor(s). Consult a reputable naturopath, nutritionist and other experts who interest you, to find out other ways of looking at the issues before you. Assess all the information and focus on what feels right to you.
Step Two, identify, and then list your goals so that you can refresh your memory about them over time.
Step Three, follow up on recommendations from the experts cited above by developing a plan for reaching specific goals. Write that plan down and keep it with the list of goals. They’ll complement each other to serve you well in the long run.
If you need appointments with dietitians, exercise coaches or other guides to improved well-being, make them. Record the times and dates of each booking in a day planner that you check regularly. Keeping those appointments is part of following up on those expert recommendations you received.
Step Four, buddy up with someone who wants the same goal(s) as you’re pursuing. Being able to share the experience of reaching for optimal well-being can lead to laughter, sympathy and the pressure to perform as planned.
Step Five, take a break to consider what you’re doing. It might be necessary to make some changes, and it’s rewarding to realize how far you’ve come. You can prevent burn-out by stepping back to view the bigger picture.
Step Six, forgive yourself and restart an interrupted process. Normal people experience unexpected problems. Some of your efforts might not work out as planned. Self-respect and self-compassion go a long way to reaching optimal well-being. Your motivation to make progress can thrive on such behavior.
Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.