This is how much control you have over your level of health and well-being determined by your lifestyle habits. As you know, habits are behaviors you consistently do that over time it happens without conscious thought. Have you observed your habits lately? Are you aware of the automatic behaviors affecting your well-being?
The process of behavior change always starts with awareness.” – James Clear, Atomic Habits
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Start by paying attention
Developing self-awareness is key in taking a step towards healthy lifestyle change. With the ability to observe yourself and being conscious of the choices you make, you uncover the areas of your life where you’re ready to make changes.
I love James Clear’s strategy from his book Atomic Habits of making a ‘Habits Scorecard’. He suggests to make an observation of your daily habits without judgement. Write the behaviors down, then score it with a positive (+), negative (-), or a neutral (=). Behaviors marked positive contribute to your wellness while habits that diminish your wellness gets a negative score. The scorecard helps you see more clearly if your habits align with your vision of wellness. With this newfound awareness, you become more open to change.
When you partner with a Health and Wellness Coach to help turn your wellness intentions into action, the first step is typically an assessment. A Well-Being assessment is designed to increase your self-awareness about your priorities, your needs, and your values. It brings your attention to the areas where you’re ready to make changes.
The comprehensive assessment I use with my clients adapted from the Wellcoaches model covers the seven areas of well-being. When completed, you have a better understanding that your well-being is much more than just the physical aspects (nutrition, physical activity, weight management) but is also affected by other dimensions such as life satisfaction and mental/emotional health. Most importantly, in the end you recognize the gap where you are today and where you want to be.
Take a Quickie assessment!
Here’s a 15 question assessment that will take you less than 3 minutes to take. Since you are in the driver’s seat of your health 50% of the time, find out how well you’re driving yourself towards a high state of well-being. Acknowledge the areas where you are already succeeding and celebrate those wins. Identify your strengths that made it possible for you to excel in that specific area. Then take a look at where there is great potential for improvement. Think about how you can use your strengths to improve this part of your well-being.
Take the quiz here: QUICKIE Well-Being Assessment
*Other determinants of your health and well-being:
Medical Care 10%, Genes/Hereditary 16%, Environment 21%