Written by: Nancy Hovde, Executive Contributor
Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.
Many people find Spring is the perfect time to begin something new or create a positive change in one or more areas of their life. The positive change could be with career, wellness goals, or personal growth. When clients come to me for career/life purpose coaching, a holistic approach helps ensure success. Why? Because when we feel our best, we tend to think more positive thoughts. When we are feeling our best and thinking positive thoughts, we perform at our optimal level. This is why I encourage clients to either begin a new wellness program or review their current program and review what is working and what is not. What kind of things are you doing for wellness?
Although it is ideal to always have a wellness program in place, there is certainly something about Spring that beckons us to consider adding something new to our current regimen. Yet, some of us might find ourselves starting a completely, entirely new wellness program. As a Life Empowerment Coach, I share with clients that wherever you are with your current wellness program (and maybe you are not even on a program, or maybe you are happy with your present wellness program), how about at least considering including something new?
There are many diets, exercise programs, meditation/stress management techniques available. However, wellness is so much more than just what is at the surface; you know, the general wellness program that looks like: maintaining a balanced diet, exercising three times per week, and finding 20 minutes to meditate each day. There is so much more to a complete wellness program. Below are some areas to consider: that can help create a complete, holistic wellness program and experience a more fulfilling life. And if you are overwhelmed with beginning, please reach out to me. I am happy to help you get started.
What does your current diet consist of? Do you enjoy the exercise/workouts you do each week? Are you even making time for exercise? How do you currently manage the stressful situations in your life? Physical/medical health is a must if you want to enjoy a fulfilling life.
To get started, consider what changes or improvements you would like to see in your physical/medical health.
What challenges or obstacles seem to be keeping you from achieving optimal physical/medical health?
What preventative healthcare steps do you currently make a priority? Are you getting regular check-ups? Chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, exercise, and massage are just a few of the preventative action steps that can help keep you physically strong and medically healthy. Consider adding one or a few of these therapeutic treatments into your wellness regimen.
What addictions or unhealthy habits do you need to give up? These would include recreational drugs, smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, and overeating. As a Life Empowerment & Behavior Change Specialist, I can help you nip these habits. Contact me if you would like to get started.
Taking inventory of your present situation and current circumstances, overall, how is your mental/emotional wellbeing? How do you cope with difficult situations? How do you balance your emotions? Which emotions do you seem to be dealing with most often, and how do you deal with these emotions? What changes or improvements would you like to see to your mental state?
Included in emotional wellness are the relationships we have in life or would like to create. The more aware we are, accepting of, and able to deal with our feelings and the feelings of those around us, can help create more positive relationships. It is important to have positive, healthy relationships as this allows us to feel supported in life. When we seem to lack emotional support, this can leave us feeling drained and affect our happiness.
Reflecting on your current relationships, are you happy?
Are there areas you would like to improve?
Do you feel weighed down by your relationships or your emotions? If so, what kind of improvements or changes could you make? Consider creating healthy boundaries.
Spiritual wellness can mean religion and/or personal faith for some and while this is all very personal, as well as important to many people, try going even deeper and perceiving the meaning of life and your place in it.
Do you currently feel you can find meaning, hope, and inner peace in your life through work, nature, family/friends, music, volunteer work, or within the community?
How fulfilled do you currently feel in your life? Do you feel as if something is missing or that you lack a sense of purpose?
Would you like to grow more intellectually in your life? Do you find you are intellectually stimulated in your life, or do you feel bored? Personal growth needs to be included in your wellness plan as this completes a holistic wellness program.
Do you have sufficient creative outlets? Is there a new activity, hobby, or area of study you would like to start, learn, or improve?
Perhaps you would like to work more on how you solve problems or learn to think more creatively.
Maybe you would like to be more productive in a certain area of your life. What would be the first step you could take so you could start to see progress?
Many of my clients have found my Self-Discovery Program has opened up new opportunities, fresh insight, and creative ideas to move forward with and begin to integrate into their daily life.
While all of the mentioned areas above are definitely part of a Self-Care regimen, I encourage clients to include additional Self-Care.
Below are some suggestions for Self-Care:
What does self-care look/feel like to you? Spa time, manicure/pedicure, time in nature, massage, listening to your favorite music, watching a sunset. Whatever creates a feeling of calm, peace, relaxation and brings you back to balance, make time for each day.
Read something inspirational.
Make time for yourself this Spring and reflect on what is working and what does not seem to be working in your life. Create some changes or improvements that allow you to live a more fulfilling, healthy life.
Contact me if you would like coaching for Motivational Wellness and/or Self-Discovery.
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy Spring!
Nancy Hovde, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Nancy is a leading Life Empowerment Coach who has combined her professional background, credentials, personal experience, knowledge and insight to inspire and motivate those who wish to create positive change. For over 15 years, she has empowered clients who desire positive change with career/life purpose, personal growth or wellness goals. Nancy will help you discover how true change can happen when we use our time and resources to develop our minds and spirits, examine our values and let go of issues that hold us back. She inspires and guides clients to live their optimal life through her books, blog posts, articles and coaching services. Nancy is the author of Uber Empowerment and Uber Empowerment Quotes: 500 Inspirational Quotes for Knowledge, Insight & Wisdom. Her credentials include Certified Life Coach, B.A. Interpersonal Communication, Stress Management Specialist, Behavior Change Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer.