There can be immense pressure to tick every wellness box pictured on Instagram today. If we’re not careful, constantly striving for wellness perfection can make us stressed, exhausted and even sick. We’re too busy working at being well to see the benefits!
Conversely, having an insurmountable list of wellness activities to accomplish on a daily basis can cause a metaphorical paralysis. There is so much to do, that instead we’ll do nothing at all. If you want to be working towards wellness, without an ever-present sense of overwhelm, here are my top tips:
Set weekly intentions
If you’ve set a longer term goal, it can be overwhelming to believe you’ve got to keep something up for months on end. But all you need to think about is the next seven days. Plan your week, scheduling in activities and setting intentions that will take you a step closer to your goal. Just focus on the week ahead, we’ll worry about next week when we get there.
Set and forget
Having too much to think about, or too many things to remember can be a major cause of overwhelm. Spending just a few hours each week to get organised and ready for the next week can make a real difference. Use the time to book in any appointments with healthcare professionals, write your meal plan and shopping list, order your groceries online, and set yourself calendar alerts for wellness activities you’ve committed to. That way you can set and forget until the time comes.
Help your future self out
Make life easier for your future self by selecting your workout outfits in advance and laying them out the night before. Eat before you go and do your food shopping and keep temptation out of the house. Spend an evening prepping your healthy meals for the week ahead - batch cook and freeze for nutritious, home-cooked, portion-controlled meals that are ready to go.
Make bite-sized changes
The pursuit of wellness doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. In fact, the simpler the better! One of my clients replaced his nightly slice of peanut butter on toast with just a spoonful of peanut butter. And that was enough to reach his weight loss goal for the week. One small daily change can make all the difference.
If you’d like personalised support to achieve your wellness goals or manage your overwhelm, you can book a one-on-one personal wellness coaching session here.