It’s often during their fifties or sixties that many first receive shocking news about their health. It may be they have pre-diabetes or high blood pressure. They may be diagnosed with thyroid disease or another autoimmune condition. Menopause may be tiresome and seem tireless. Or they even have serious life-threatening disease like stroke, heart disease or cancer. This is the age when it’s crucial to take control and create your own Wellness Plan to keep you healthy in your fifties and beyond.
Your Wellness Plan
But creating a Wellness Plan that fits with YOUR life can be difficult. Where to begin? What do you do when the advice on “Dr Google” seems to be contradictory? You can’t change everything at once so how do you know which changes are the most important? And what about natural remedies? There are sure to be some that will help your situation.
And then there’s the issue of different advice coming from different people. What happens when your doctors and therapists are all focused on a different part of you so they all tell you to do something different? For example, you may be told you need to walk every day for your health. But what if your arthritis or foot problems make this really difficult. What if you’re recommended a diet based on foods you know don’t sit well with you?
The situation can become confusing and may result in you making only minimal changes at best. For many it’s just too overwhelming and they give up before they even begin.
And of course there’s the whole challenge of how you begin when you need to make dramatic changes. W hat is the very first step?
I have seen this situation occur in many of my clients who are left confused, frustrated and scared. They want to make changes to their lifestyle to become healthier and reduce the likelihood of further problems.
But too often they end up drowning in an overload of information. They lose sight of the big picture and sink below the details. They need the key to managing the situation. Only then they can go ahead and continue to enjoy their life.
That key is to create the Big Plan which I call the WELLNESS BLUEPRINT.
When dramatic change seems overwhelmingly huge it can help to break down the changes needed into small steps. If you have been told to cut out coffee or alcohol for example, cutting back gradually can make it easier. It help breaks the habit so you achieve your goal over a few weeks.
Of course in the case of certain serious illnesses you need to do much more than just give up coffee. And you usually need to make the changes immediately. But by making small changes across your whole life you begin the process. Change happens in small increments in many different ways at the same time. Later changes are much easier to make because you’re already part of the way towards successfully achieving them.
There’s no doubt that in order to stay healthy, feel young and continue to enjoy life we must change our lifestyle behaviours and ditch bad habits. But the way you go about it will dictate whether it is easy or difficult. More importantly, it also impacts how successful you are at making long-term sustainable change.
After all, if you just slip back into your old habits nothing is gained. Whether it happens immediately or not for a year or so, you’ll again find yourself back in a health crisis.
The message in a health wake-up call is to make changes that are sustainable.
Continue reading to discover how to create long-term sustainable wellness…
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