Our well-being (whatever that looks like to you) impacts significantly on how we perform, live and feel - even on our health and relationships. When we are connected to well-being practices that align with who we are and our life vision, we create room to restore, and comfort in being ourselves. Only then can we expect to perform at our peak.
2020 left many of us drained, exhausted and finding new ways to manage our well-being. My 'reconnect to well-being' 6 week programme helps you define exactly what your well-being means to you and remove the comparisons of what others around you are doing.
Next week is week one of the programme which invites participants to carry out a rekkie on their current well-being routine. Sometimes we can jump too quickly into setting goals before reviewing what's working and what's not. At any one time, some of your well-being elements will feel nourished, whilst some may be drained.
Why not start the new year with a deep dive into your well-being practices, routine and the elements that make up your own self-care so you can focus your goals in the most helpful way for you.
Start by noting down the various aspects that make up your well-being - this could be physical, emotional, financial, social, professional. They could be broad or narrow. Some common things people note are: diet, exercise, relationships / connections, sleep, 'me time' for example.
Secondly, next to each element, write down all of the words and phrases you're associating with that aspect right now. Could be a description, a thought or feeling. Try to capture your initial reaction.
Next score each of these between 1-10 as to how satisfied you are with that element right now (you're taking a snap shot here of the current situation)
What do you notice? If this was a summary of your well-being, what would this be telling you?
From this rekkie, where do you want to focus your attention for the rest of this month? What small actions could you take to increase the scores by 1 or 2 points? How can you make yourself accountable?
Rather than jumping into unrealistic goals that seem a bit random, start here with this review of your current well-being. From here you can design small goals that connect to you and what you want to do for yourself. Make them relevant and realistic to you. This is where change happens.
To find out more about the well-being programme, click here.
Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.