Do you have a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement? Do you know what one is? Why do you even need one?
You have probably heard of creating a Vision board but have you thought about making a statement that incorporates your Vision for Health and Wellbeing?
Picture any of these health goals:
You would like to lose weight,
or exercise more,
or eat healthier
or give up alcohol or smoking.
You might just want to be able to carry the groceries, bend down and pick up, play with your grandchildren. Normal day-to-day activities that you want to be able to still do in 5, 10 or even 15 years from now.
Excellent ideals for living a healthier lifestyle. But have you actually thought about what life would look like if you achieved your health goal? How much better would life be?
Many of us want to make changes to achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. This is important at any age, but particularly as we enter the Third Age of life.
Creating a Personal Vision statement based around your health and wellness is a good way to help keep us on track and ultimately achieve your goal.
What is a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement?
Quite simply, it is a paragraph or two that clearly defines your Health & Wellness goals for life. How you see your ‘healthy lifestyle’ including your physical and mental health. The big-picture of what your ‘best self’ is and WHY you want to make the changes in your life.
I put this question to the members of the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook group and as usual they came up with some good suggestions and ideas of what they would include in their Health & Wellness Vision Statement:
I’ve just been for a 13km bike ride in blustery conditions and certainly got my heart rate up. I look forward to your ideas on what exercises I could be doing to improve my fitness.My suggestion would be to ask for help from someone who knows what they’re talking about! Like Sue! – Debbie from Deb’s World
Getting the best nutrition and exercise daily. I try to get 30 minutes of exercise which varies from cardio to weights.
I also keep my weight in check, avoiding processed foods, eating fresh and healthy things. I also take good nutrtional supplements? – Jen Abel
You’ve got me thinking Sue. What quickly comes to mind is to get out of bed early and exercise. For me, if it doesn’t happen before the day begins, I usually find it difficult later in the day. – Jennifer from Next Phase in Fitness
Hi Sue, for me it’s getting up and exercising first thing, but a personal revaluation for me has been to give up eating meat. It’s been amazing for me, no more bloating, more energy, better skin etc definitely seen a difference, and consequently am being for experimental with my healthy eating ? – Sam from Loving the Fifty Something
Creating a Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement
2. Consider and answer the following questions:
- What does the “ideal” or “best” version of me look like?
- What does the “best” me feel like?
- What am I doing in my ideal state of health and well-being?
3. Define your ‘Why’ – why do you want to implement these changes? What results are you hoping for?
4. Consider What your next steps are – make a list of steps you need to take to develop your ‘best self’ and add to them as you go along.
Examples of what your personal Vision Statement might look like
‘I want to have a regular fitness program that will build Functional strength so I can remain independent and strong as I age’
‘I want to incorporate Functional fitness to help me cope with daily tasks as I get older’
‘I want to remain calm in stressful situations and not become anxious’
‘I want to be able to play with my grandchildren’
‘I will let go of self-limiting beliefs to create the habits and healthy lifestyle I deserve by daily commitment, focus and self-love’