Over the past month or so there has been an insert in the bulletin concerning one as- pect of life revolving around a Model for Healthy Living. On the bulletin board in the Fellow- ship Hall there is the Model for Healthy Living wheel. If you would like a copy that you missed of any of the inserts, let Kathy Smith know. Now it's time to put all this information to work.
When you've explored each component and thought through your own life, think about your wellness vision. What is your long-term goal for your health? Perhaps you want to be able to play with your grandchildren, or want to have more energy. Maybe you want to enjoy life more. This vision is a helpful guide as you set wellness goals that will move you closer to achieving your wellness vision.
What areas of the Model of Healthy Living would you like to improve? You may feel strong in certain areas and weak in others. You may not know how to move forward in one area while you feel as though you've mastered another. No matter where you are, there is always room for improvement. It doesn't have to be something huge. Our health wellness is in a constant state of change. Use goal-setting as a way to make that change a positive one.
Creating your Wellness Vision
If you don't have a clear idea of what your wellness vision is, take a look through the inserts. Choose three words from your answers from the "Thought-Starter" sections to de- scribe your thoughts about your wellness. Choose three words from the "Taking Action" sec- tions to describe some actions you want to pursue. Write these six words down and use some or all of them to create your wellness vision. It is important to write it down. Here is a good way to set goals for anything, it's called the
Smart Goal system:
Specific: Our goals need to have a direction and they need
to be specific. Example: I want to work on reducing my sodas.
Measurable: Our goals must have some guidelines. Example: I will reduce my sodas from 4 to1 per day.
Action-Oriented: Goals that require you to do something that will help you change behavior. Example: I will attend a health education class to learn proper nutritional drink choices to replace soda.
Realistic: Set goals that work with your life. What is realistic for your ability to give time, energy, and commitment to your goal? Ask yourself "On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident am I that I can reach this goal?" Example: I will attend a healthy eating class that is on my day off while the kids are at school.
Timeline: Short-term goals should have a timeline built into them. This allows you to reflect on your progress and set new short-term goals. Example: This week, I will have 1 soda per day. Next week I will re-evaluate.
So what do you want?
What are you doing to make it happen?
What are the areas of your life do you want to work on:
Faith Life, Movement, Medical, Work, Emotional, Nutrition, Friends & Family
If you would like help in creating your Wellness Vision speak to Kathy Smith. She will be glad to work with you to help you reach your health and spiritual goals. Call 524-1330 or email: health@NHLakesUMChurch.org.
This information has been provided by:
Church Health Center
1210 Peabody Avenue | Memphis, TN 38104 www.ChurchHealthCenter.org