From: Nikki Gilbertson
Feeling lost on your path to health?
Don’t worry you are not alone! A Google search for “how to get healthy” results in nearly 1.5 billion results in 0.93 seconds. Feeling overwhelmed yet? Where do you start? With articles sharing the “top eight steps,” “15 easy ways,” “20 quick ways,” “35 realistic ways,” and the appealing “26 ridiculously easy ways” it isn’t like there is a lack of information about how to do it; but where do you start? To the health seeker’s dismay, there may be too much information, and sometimes seemingly contradictory information, to sift through. This can be one of many barriers that keep people from getting started on their journey to a happier, healthier self.
Other barriers to people starting down a path toward better health are fears about their inability to be able to achieve their goals in the first place, which can be due to realistic, logistical challenges like the financial burden of the necessary changes, lack of knowledge to follow through, not having the right equipment, time constraints, and even just feeling like you don’t have the personal willpower to work toward the goal. No matter how important your goal may be to you, there are challenges that are bound to make your goal difficult to achieve. And if there weren’t challenges to achieving this goal, wouldn’t you have already met it? Regardless of the challenges you are facing, you can achieve anything (eventually) if you put your mind to it.
In the words of psychotherapist Dr. Leo Marvin from the 1991 film “What about Bob?” just take “baby steps.” Instead of focusing on the long-term goal, like running a marathon, for example, you may have to first focus on getting a pair of running shoes, saving money for a treadmill, or working your way off the couch to start with a slow walk. Setting achievable, short-term goals can result in feelings of accomplishment that will provide the momentum you need to achieve bigger, harder goals. So, setting the right goals has a lot to do with whether or not you will be able to achieve them.
The most popular New Year’s resolutions usually have some reference to health. When people talk about health goals, many people often naturally associate that with weight loss; but there are a lot of non-scale-changing goals that can be a focus toward better health. Some of those goals include a resolve to end an unhealthy habit, developing a healthy lifestyle habit, mending a relationship, managing a chronic condition, making an appointment to address a health condition you have been avoiding, seeking personal self-development, addressing issues related to mental health, managing stress, or learning more about alternative health topics. There are all kinds of worthy goals to dedicate your New Year’s resolution to, but the goal that is right for you is the one that is specific to you with consideration for where you are right now and where you ultimately want to be.
You can easily narrow down where your goals should be focused through the use of the one of many variations of the Wheel of Life tool used by therapists, counselors, and life coaches. Rating seven areas of your life on a scale of zero to 10 (zero being low satisfaction, 10 having reached ultimate satisfaction), you will be determining which areas need some intentional development. The areas, which include social, environmental, financial, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical well being, address the multidimensional aspects of our life with recognizing that we all have individual strengths, as well as areas in need of development. The not-so-easy task is knowing where to start, or how to start!
A local event may be the perfect place to help you determine your next baby step. Elevate You will be hosting the Wellness Expo: A Healthier, Happier You in 2019 with co-host The Winona Winter Farmers Market at the East End Rec Center in Winona on March 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come shop the indoor farmers market offering local, fresh produce and join us for a soup fundraiser for lunch — soup, bread and a beverage for just $5. Also, meet our local wellness vendors who will be providing information, as well as some helpful products to help you meet your wellness goals. Our vendors will be happy to assist you in your health journey, answering questions you may have, and will even have cash and carry products to get you started right away. We also have a workshop series running during the event. Check our event page on facebook for a schedule.