Session 1, The good life. Welcome to the 6 part series, Your Best Self A Guide to Achieving a
Balanced Well-Being. In this series you will learn practical exercises that will
help you create a personal blueprint to be your best self. Undergoing a life of
meaning, vitality, and purpose. To obtain the best experience from this series
please view each session in chronological order as we will build
upon each lesson. If you find this program interesting and wish for some
additional resources there is an excellent book entitled the road to
wellness that is published by WELCOA, the Wellness Council of America, and
located on their website for purchase. So let’s get started with Session 1, The
Good Life. Today we are going to provide an overview of the series The Path to
Well-Being, The Four Aspects of Wellness, Things That Get in the Way of our
Optimal Well-Being and How to Get Started on Your Personal Journey. Join us
on this journey of well-being. Learn practical tips and exercises and leave
with an action plan. Let’s get started What is optimal wellness or well-being?
Perhaps it can be summed up as “wellness is an expression of life’s vitality”. We tend to focus on physical wellness like weight, vital statistics such as blood
pressure cholesterol, physical activity levels. In this series we will be
talking about a holistic approach to wellness, well-being, and optimal energy.
When you see this quote does anyone come to mind? Maybe a coach, pastor, friend or
relative. You may have been hearing about this holistic approach to well-being in
the media as well. Here are three recent best-selling books that talk about this
way of living. In Thrive, author Arianna Huffington redefines what it means to be
successful. In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College she
likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They
may hold us up temporarily but sooner or later were going to topple over. We need
a third leg a third metric for defining success in order to live a healthy,
balanced and meaningful life. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our
well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of
wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. Are you fully charged? this
book is about renewing ourselves in the fullest sense. Drawing on his extensive
research, Tom Rath provides us with the three key pillars that can help create a
life of more meaning and perspective. Being part of something larger than
ourselves, valuing people and experiences over mere stuff, and understanding that
looking after our own well-being is a first step to doing more for others.
Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman, aka the father of positive psychology,
game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to
get the most out of life. Unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a
good life for individuals, for communities, and Nations. It explores
the understanding of happiness, as well as a tool for getting the most out of
life. Let’s look at what the good life may mean. It’s personal to each person. An uncompromising attitude to live a responsible well-balanced life. A process,
not a state of being. A direction, not a destination. The mindset of the good life
begins with optimal wellness. Let’s look at the Four Aspects of
Well-Being. First the physical or body. This means optimal functioning of all
systems. This aspect is not limited to exercising and eating healthy. How are
all your other systems? What about your digestive system, immune, neuromuscular. To
the mental state or mind the ability to gather, process, recall, and communicate
information. Do you make time for creative activities? Do you balance your
busy mental time with quite mental time? Perhaps some of your favorite creative
activities, such as painting or coloring. When we look at three, emotional, this is
the ability to feel, express, and control the full range of emotions. Do we take
time to tune into our emotions and actually feel them? Or do we have a
tendency to stuff them down so we don’t feel their discomfort? Or perhaps we
react to circumstances rather than respond in a positive way. Emotional
wellness includes being able to feel and identify our emotions, acknowledge them
and respond in a healthy way. Things like anger, guilt, shame, fear, blame all
weigh heavily on us and take a toll on our well-being. Lastly, when we look at
number four, spiritual health, these are our relationships, values, and meaning and
purpose. Often this aspect takes a backseat as we are so busy doing versus
just being. It is hard to hear our inner guidance when we were always in go mode.
Do your values align with your behaviors? Do you do work that is aligned with what
is meaningful and purposeful for you? Here’s another way that we will be
looking at the state of well-being or vitality across these four dimensions.
This model is from the Human Performance Institute and came up out based on their
work with top performing athletes. They found that athletes that consistently
performed at the top of their game were experts at managing their energy across
the domains. You can see in this model how energy when well made
allows us to be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused,
and spiritually aligned. We’ll be coming back to all these things throughout the
series. Let’s take a closer look at our present state of well-being on a scale
of 1 to 10. 10 being high, how would you rate your present level of vitality?
Would you like to improve your score? When are we all like to experience a
greater level of vitality? Let’s look at some statistics regarding the typical
American. 1 of 3 are prescribed antidepressants. Greater than 50% claim
to get a poor night’s sleep. Eats one or more meals outside their homes daily.
Consumes their body weight in refined sugar each year. Receives 50 to 100
emails a day and countless text messages. Increasingly is considered either
overweight or obese. And lastly spends 95% of their day indoors. In today’s culture what are some
barriers and challenges that impact our optimal well-being both individually and
as a society? Some possible answers; low exposure to sunlight, sedentary jobs,
technology, stress, internet addictions, toxic chemical exposure, or the rising
chronic diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Can you think of others? What
our wellness robbers? These are things that steal our ability to experience
optimal well-being. They fall into categories. Things we can control and
things we cannot. Experts recommend we start with those things we can control.
Let’s look at some things that robbed us of our optimal wellness physically,
mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. What are some examples of wellness
robbers that are not in our control. A disease may be physical or mental. A
person, a family, a co-worker, a friend, a life event such as a death or a loss of
job or divorce. What are examples of wellness robbers that are in our control?
An unhealthy diet. Not enough or poor sleep. Not moving enough, too much screen
time. Excessive alcohol, stress, and smoking. Take a minute to think about
wellness robbers in your life. Which ones can you control and those not in your
control. If you are going to tackle one thing that is robbing you of your
optimal wellness what might it be? How ready do you feel to do this? On a scale
of one to ten, how confident do you feel that you are ready to do this and be
successful? With 10 being totally confident in one being not at all sure
think about your writing this number. Anyone have a seven or lower? What might
it take to get that number up to an eight or nine. We are most likely to be
successful if our number is higher than a 7. If 7 or lower that’s okay it just
means that the timing may not be right to take on that too.
Or you may need more support in making that change. Your wellness blueprint is
where you will set your goal specifically and measurably. So how to
proceed? Will you follow a program? Do it in your own way? Or do you need more
information or resources? Perhaps a book or instruction? Or perhaps lessons. For
example, cooking lessons to improve your cooking skills. Do you have support ?Maybe
a friend, a mentor, a coach, or support group? What will you do to reward
yourself along the way for your small accomplishments? As you can see making a
change is a process, not an event. we have been doing certain things the
same way for a long time and it takes the time to learn, fine-tune, and process
a new way. in our next session we’ll talk more about this process and how to set
ourselves up for success. Let’s talk about creating your wellness blueprint
by using goal-setting techniques. First, be specific. For example, I am eating five
to seven servings of fruits and vegetables three days a week. Versus just
saying I am eating healthier. State your goal. I am versus I will. I am going to
bed at 10 p.m. every night. Add a mental visual image to your goal to give your
unconscious and extra prompt. Be persistent. Stay committed for the long
haul and keep taking small steps in the direction of your goal. This takes
patience and practice. Take it one day at a time.
Repeat your goal. Try to repeat your goal out loud every day this will have a
positive influence on your behaviors. Get back on track. Setbacks, slip-ups are not
failures but opportunities to learn and tweak. When you have a setback, as we all
do, evaluate what went wrong and learn from that lesson. Maybe you need to make
an adjustment of some sort. Like the time of day, social setting, etc. Make the
adjustment and get right back on track. Think progress,
not perfection. And leave any guilt behind wasted energy and doesn’t need
to accompany you on the rest of your journey. To summarize today’s session, we
talked about a holistic concept of optimal well-being. We looked at a model
of energy and peak performance. We identified our current level of
well-being and wellness robber’s that may be getting in the way of us
experiencing vitality. And then talked about how to create a blueprint to help
us begin our journey of well-being. Here’s a quote that summarizes how to
proceed. ” Learn from the past, set vivid details and goals for the future, and
live in the only moment of which you have control.” Now we’ll also be talking
more about this idea living in the present moment as that is where we have
the most power. This series is about coming into your full power physically,
mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For the next session identify your
wellness robbers, reflect on your wellness blueprint. What do you want to
get out of this program? And setting at least one goal. The next session will be
on creating healthy boundaries. Thank you for joining us today in revealing
session 1 ,The Good Life, of the series Your Best Self; A Guide to Achieving a
Balanced Well-Being.

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