Everyone knows the importance of good health. But sometimes it can be hard to appreciate how vital a healthy mind and body are – until something goes wrong. If you have been struggling with mental or physical issues over the last few months, then what you need is a solid wellness recovery action plan.
Never heard of a wellness action plan before? These plans are a popular tool used by companies wanting to ensure the wellbeing of their staff. They are designed to help employees stay mentally healthy, but they also provide helpful suggestions in case of a lapse in mental health. They are a form of contract between manager and employee, with the aim of introducing healthier practices in the workplace.
However, a wellness action plan doesn’t just have to be a business tool – it can also be used for boosting our wellbeing in our personal lives too. Having a well-written plan that we can turn to whenever something goes wrong is a great way to keep on track with healthy lifestyle choices. These include diet and exercise, not to mention the various health and beauty treatments we may enjoy.
Why is a wellness action plan important?
Wellness plans are valuable for a number of reasons. The most important benefit is that they encourage us to take a long hard look at our lives from every angle. This helps us to assess if we currently have any bad habits or problem areas that could be causing our health to suffer.
As we write our plans, we may uncover issues we weren’t aware of or that we were turning a blind eye to. Then as we structure our wellness plan, we can begin to find ways to tackle them. When it comes to improving our physical or emotional health, it can often be difficult to find the motivation and discipline to do the right things. Having a clearly drawn-up framework for success can help to keep us firmly on the right course toward better health.
A wellness action plan can even include a monthly budget. This will show you how much you will be spending on your health pursuits – from gym memberships to regular facials and even counselling sessions.
What should a wellness action plan include?
When it comes to writing your personal wellness action plan, what you choose to include is just that – personal. Your action plan could be a general guide covering several areas of your life, from diet and exercise to health and beauty therapies. Alternatively, it could focus on a specific area that you know you need to work on.
The important thing is to start off by asking yourself some key questions, to figure out exactly what you need to include in your plan. Choosing three or four simple but achievable goals is a great way to get started and can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
To decide which goals you’d like to focus on the most, ask yourself questions like:
- Do I need to lose or gain weight, in order to be healthier?
- Do I want to improve my fitness?
- Are there any bad habits I want to get rid of, e.g. drinking or smoking?
- Do I drink enough fluids?
- Do I eat a balanced diet?
- Do I get enough sleep?
- Do I have enough hobbies/activities, to keep myself feeling stimulated and fulfilled?
- How is my self-esteem?
- Do I derive pleasure and meaning from my life?
Wellness therapies and treatments you may want to include in your plan
Once you’ve worked out which areas of your life you would like to improve with your wellness action plan, it’s time to think about the activities, treatments and programs you may like to include.
Is there a particular diet you’d like to try or a certain exercise you want to have a go at? Perhaps you want to start your plan with a detox session, to rid your body of any unwanted nasties. Maybe you wish to kick off with a holistic retreat that will restore the balance of your mind and body so you can begin your plan with a clean slate.
There is a wide range of activities, dietary plans and therapies you can include in your wellness recovery action plan, including, but by no means limited to:
- Cutting out alcohol/sugar/refined carbohydrates
- A detox program
- Yoga and meditation
- Regular spa treatments
- Neurolinguistic Programming
- Joining a local fitness group or class
- Taking up a new creative hobby, such as writing, painting, pottery or dance
Including a blend of activities and lifestyle changes in your action plan, tailored to your specific needs and interests, is a great way to transform your life without making the changes feel like a chore or a burden.
Plus, having a well-written plan to look at on a regular basis will help you stick to your goals and improve your focus as you work towards a healthier, happier you.
Kickstart your journey to wellness with Homefield Grange
As you can see, there are many benefits to creating a solid, well-structured wellness action plan to boost your health and wellbeing. Transforming your life for the better will be a breeze with the helpful guidelines in your plan to follow.
To help you get started on your wellness transformation, here at Homefield Grange we offer a variety of health-boosting therapies, rituals and treatments that target both your mind and body.
From nutritional consultations and lifestyle coaching to holistic therapies such as reiki and reflexology – not to mention an array of revitalising spa treatments – we offer so many different ways to restore your physical and mental well-being.
Be sure to get in touch to find out how we can help you transform your health and get your feet firmly on the path toward a healthy and fulfilled future.