Super-Charge Your Wellness Routine Worksheet

Two weeks ago I wrote what turned out to be a conversation starter – a blog post entitled “Super-Charge Your Wellness Routine,” in which I talked about my take on improving one’s health trajectory.

Well, the questions never stopped coming; and the biggest one of them all was “Julia, but how do I actually do it?”

Of course the teacher in me went straight to it: “I’ll make a worksheet – a check list that you can follow.” But now, having some time to sit with it and examine my own process, I realize the answer isn’t as simple as checking off boxes (although we’ll definitely get to that as well!). It also dawned on me that health – or, perhaps, the level of health that I personally desire – requires patience, dedication, commitment, and yes, hard work.

Are you ready to delve in?

1. What do you want to be when you grow up – or, in other words, what are your health targets?

What do you wish for? What do you dream about?

Without getting too specific here, I will say that over the years (and as I grew healthier) my health targets have changed from SURVIVING: “ I just want the pain to stop. I just want to be able to eat. Any sleep would be great,” to THRIVING: “ I want to backpack for 100km with 60 pounds on my back and feel awesome while I am doing it.”

Identifying your health objectives is the first important step up the better health ladder.

2. What do you believe in?

Or, more correctly, what health beliefs – conscious or subconscious – are driving your health?

Do you believe that better health is possible? Or do you draw the line at “I am turning 40 (50, 60 – you name it) and therefore let the health crapshoot party begin? Do you believe that you are imprisoned by your particular genetics or a diagnosis? What other detrimental beliefs are lurking in the background of your mind?

Find the evidence that challenges every single one of those health suckers. Let me know if you have trouble in that department. Be aware of our popular culture conditioning, and avoid it like the plague that it is!

Great health is possible at any age and with any genetics – it all depends on how much effort you are willing to apply.
And yes, there are circumstances where health improvement is not a possibility; yet, suffering is always only optional.

3. Break it down to specifics – where are you excelling? Where are you struggling?

My personal break down looks like this:

How is my diet and digestion?
How is my movement diet?
How is my alignment and the health of my tissues?
Am I hydrated enough?
How is my fitness diet?
How is my emotional diet?
How is my connection / relationship / family diet?
How is my stress management / coping?
How’s my sleep?
How is my biz / life balance?
How is my nature diet?
Am I resting enough?
How well I am managing my pre-existing health conditions?

Educate yourself, and hire experts in the areas that you are struggling. I tend to educate myself in the areas of my expertise, and hire experts in areas where I can’t improve as confidently on my own as I do with guidance.

A word about health experts: the responsibility for your health is always your own.

There’s no one in this world that can ever be more interested in your health than you yourself. There’s no one in this world that spends more time in your body and therefore able to connect the dots and see the larger picture – should you be willing to see and listen.

Think of it in these terms: you are like the general manager of your health, who sees the whole project. The health experts that you hire are like subcontractors – assistants who specialize in their particular area of expertise.

That doesn’t mean your health experts should tell you what you want to hear. On the contrary – their job is to give you the cold, hard truth. However, their beliefs and methods should align with your health goals. For example, early on, a few of my doctors suggested that I stay on medication for life. Needless to say, we have parted ways, and those doctors aren’t my team players any longer. And now, quite often, my opening phrase for many of the private clients is: “You are not going to like what I have to say.”

Your health helpers should be your best(est) cheerleaders – people who can see and believe in your health potential long before you can. They are the ones that will lay out a trail for you, and help you stay on track. You are the one that has to walk it.

Please share you thoughts, and your questions – there are layers and layers to be peeled here – and let’s pump up your wellness routine to the max!

I did, of course, leave some important pieces out – check back next week for the two key points of any wellness routine (hint: I saved the best for last!)

Hey, my name is Julia

Living with chronic pain has taught me to look for solutions in unlikely places –  places where most people see only problems.

Over the years I’ve gotten to be pretty good at this problem-solving and silver-lining finding thing.

So good that I felt compelled to share what I’ve learned and help others to find their sea legs while navigating, living, and winning their battle with chronic pain.