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4 Steps to Achieving Stress Relief Through Health and Wellness Strategies
Become a Whole Person
Stress can affect your overall health. Many of us struggle with daily challenges that can affect our mental, spiritual and physical health. But there are solutions that can be implemented to bring about calmness and relief from stress and anxiety. This is why it is important to achieve wholeness, because it will help you to find health and wellness in each of the aspects of your life. Being whole is not only multi-dimensional, encompassing all aspects of your lifestyle, but it is also a holistic approach to living that places priority on all the aspects you need to be a healthy person, not just a few. Becoming a whole person is essentially the same as making any positive change in your life. You rely on your knowledge about the situation, you align your situation with your beliefs and ideals, then you make a plan that you can place into action.
Being a healthy, whole person is not just about your physical health and well-being. There are several dimensions that make up the whole person, and it is only when all of these are in balanced with one another that you are whole and truly well. When one of these dimension is unhealthy, it will affect all the others, and you begin to compensate in other areas of your life, making you unbalanced.
To create a whole life that is stable and fulfilling, then, you must pay attention to all four of these dimensions. These four essential aspects of life that lead to wellness and becoming a whole person are the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental dimensions.
A good start is to complete our Self Assessment Tool Questionnaire below. This will help you to define your wellness goal (s) by identifying those areas in your life that are well and those that may need improvement. Choosing to become a whole person by developing the mind, body and spirit in a healthy and positive way can lead to overall calmness and stress relief.
4 Health and Wellness Practices to Relieve Stress Now
1. Define where you are and where your heading
If you want to make changes for the better in your life, it’s important to have an accurate, realistic picture of where you are balanced and where you are struggling. Gather information that can be helpful, including self-assessment results, feedback from people you trust, and your own personal reflections about the various aspects of your life that feel positive and those that need attention.
Knowledge about yourself can be uncomfortable to confront, particularly when it is about the areas of your life that need to change. Looking so closely in the mirror may raise some issues, so be sure you take this into consideration. But, this knowledge is essential, because, without it, you won’t have the power to really change your life and achieve wholeness.
Examine your Beliefs and Values
Being a whole person means you are in balance, and that can only be achieved when all aspects of your life are in harmony with your personal beliefs and values. Your beliefs make you unique and special, and they also should guide your decisions. As a part of your knowledge seeking phase. it is also important to examine areas of your life that may feel disconnected from your values and set new goals accordingly.
Checking in with your beliefs also means reaffirming your commitment to becoming whole and finding wellness. You must make a conscious choice to become balanced, then choose that path each and every day in order to fully achieve it.
What Do You Want to Achieve?
Without a plan, dreams cannot become reality. Now that you understand where your life is balanced and where you need to focus, it is time to make a plan. Set goals in each of the four dimensions of your life, then make an actionable plan for how you would like to achieve those goals. A plan provides a starting point and something to work toward and setting goals in each of your dimensions can help you see how these are all interconnected.
How Will You Get There?
The most important step in this journey is to take mindful action toward achieving your dream of becoming whole. Showing up each day to work on your goals and being consistent with your focus and attention can help you achieve your dreams. You must choose each day to renew your decision to honor this work and yourself, and you will have to be patient, as this work does not happen instantly. To get you started let us help you define a health and wellness goal.
2. Identify your Wellness Goals
To help you to clearly define your health and wellness goal you need to consider the following statement:
“Mental health is one part of an interconnected package of overall health including mental, emotional, physical
and spiritual health.”
To achieve optimal health and wellness we need to take into consideration the person as a whole—body, mind, spirit, and emotions.
The World Health Organization defines Mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
To achieve a state of well being we need to keep in balance and harmony all aspects of our life, and when we achieve this we will be more productive, fulfilled, and better contributors to our community. This can be accomplished when we have a joint effort of family, friends and of the community to implement healthy strategies to prevent and manage stress. It is an ongoing process and it can be achieve by implementing stress management techniques in the area you most concern with. It doesn’t have to be all at once, but step by step, one goal at a time.
3. Choose Smaller Practical Goals for Achieving Health and Wellness
There may be numerous goals within different aspects of your life (mental, emotional, physical or spiritual) that you like to achieve, but to implement an action plan for health and wellness you need to breakdown the larger vision into smaller practical goals. When you do this it will make it easier for you to start and follow through on a goal. Once a smaller and practical goal is completed you can move on to the next and feel a sense of accomplishment. Your accomplishment is your encouragement to go on to the next goal you like to achieve.
To help you break down these goals below are some questions that you can ask yourself.
- Do you want to achieve more calmness, happiness, patience, or confidence?
- Do you want to feel more resilient, secure, less fearful and more in control and empowered?
- Do you want to be more physically fit, gain more energy or lose weight?
- Do you want to rest and sleep more peacefully?
- Do you want to be more focused and productive?
- Do you want to improve the negative aspects of your environment?
- Do you want to let go of anger or guilt?
Food for Thought
As you master your goals you will come to realize that you are also relieving some of the stress in your life, and you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Each step you take gets you closer to where you want to be and the person you like to become.
Once you have identified what your specific goal is, it is important to focus on the positive aspects of that goal, and not on the negative. That is, instead of focusing on what is wrong, focus on what you like to achieve.
A steady practice of emotional, mental, spiritual and physical skills builds resilience that helps you to progress even in times of adversity.
Now that you understand what goal you can achieve, and that stress can trigger mental health problems, you need to consider the right strategy to reduce stress, and increase overall health and well-being.
4. Choose the Right Strategy for Your Wellness Goal
Now that you decided on your specific goal, how do you get there? It is important to choose the right strategy to achieve your health and wellness goal. A successful strategy for wellness can incorporate basic fundamentals, such as food, fitness, rest, self love, the support of family and friends, stress management skills and a healthy environment. Along with these fundamentals you can use natural holistic therapies to achieve your personal goals, reduce stress and increase health and wellness.
Keep in mind that achieving wellness is a long term endeavor, and the practical strategies you incorporate must be part of your daily lifestyle. This is not a quick fix but a healthy lifestyle you are adopting for today and the future. So you need to ask yourself:
“Am I able and willing to take this challenge?”
Implement Your Health and Wellness Strategy
Once you have determined if you are ready and want to move forward, then you can choose one of the wellness strategies below. These basic practices are all integrated with one another. Some of them can be achieved on their own, and others need the help and support of others.
Stress is inevitable part of your life and is responsible for many problems such as anxiety, depression and many other disorders. You can alleviate stress through positive and skillful emotional, mental, spiritual and physical practices. So get ready to take action to relieve stress and maintain good health.