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Lesson 7

Your Wellness Goal _____________________________________

Key #6: Practice daily health and self-care habits.

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his [her] patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Edison

It’s the day-to-day activities and choices that make up a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. When your daily choices are health enhancing, you build up a reserve for when life gets stressful. When you practice daily self-care like deep breathing, relaxing, tuning in, eating nourishing foods, and being physically active, you invest just minutes a day in building your wellness reserves.

If you’re running on empty because you haven’t taken care of yourself lately, you may get sick, stressed, depressed, or overwhelmed. It’s good to put a little self-care in your “wellness bank” every day so the reserves are there when you need them.

Small Action Step

Using the forms below in the Quick Links box, make a list of your Top 10 Daily Self-Care Habits. Be sure that at least half of them are things that you’re already doing so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Also include things that don’t take much time but are important to remember to do – like flossing your teeth, pausing during the day to express gratitude, getting a good night’s sleep, playing your flute every day, having compassion for yourself, etc.

When filling out your self-care list, include one item related to your current wellness goal.

Quick Links (if you miss an email lesson)

Lesson 1: What is a wellness lifestyle?
Lesson 2: Key #1: Have a vision and passionate commitment.
Lesson 3: Key #2: Become an expert on YOU.
Lesson 4: Key #3: Become aware of harmful cultural messages.
Lesson 5: Key #4: Simplify your life to make room for wellness.
Lesson 6: Key #5: Design supportive wellness environments.
Lesson 7: Key #6: Practice daily health and self-care habits.

Quizzes & Worksheets

Wellness Quiz
100 Wellness Actions
Top 10 Daily Self-Care Habits
Self-Care Tracking Sheet (track it to increase accountability)

Need help establishing a consistent self-care routine? Click here

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