Creating an Action Plan for your Health

If you haven’t downloaded the Being Well Lifestyles Action Planner Worksheet already, please do so.

Once you’ve completed the Lifestyle Stress Assessment (if you haven’t already, you can sign up to receive it for free here), you will have a lot of information available to help you.

1) You will have a list of all the things you are doing well right now that you will want to continue to do to stay at your current level of health – these are the items you were able to check off “yes” to.

2) You will have a list of all the things you can do now to improve your health – each of the items you were not able to check off are now available for you to work on adding into your lifestyle.

This Action Planner will help you focus on a few items at a time rather than trying to tackle all of them at once.

Here’s how to use this sheet:

1) Choose 5 items to work on each day for a week.

FIVE ONLY! That is plenty for one week’s work. And since we’re seeking overall health and wellness, you’re going to choose one item from each section.

Choose one item from each of the sections to work on this week. Pick the one that you really want to be able to check off next time you take the test. You might choose an easy one that will give you feeling of success that will build momentum for bigger items next week. You might also choose the item that you know will make the biggest overall impact in that area of your health. Whichever item you choose to Think Well, write it down next to the “Think Well Intention:” line. Do the same for Move Well, Eat Well, Rest Well and Be Well – one for each section.

You may rephrase the statement in your own words if it makes it resonate with you more.

2) Write down what actions you will take this week to make this part of your regular lifestyle.

Some actions are obvious like “I drink at least 64 ounces of water per day”. If you choose something that is a bit more general like “I perform cardiovascular exercise for at least 30 minutes 3-5 times per week”, then write down how many times you will workout and which exercise you will do (run, bike, walk, elliptical, etc.) Then circle each of the days that you will do this.

If you choose a belief statement for the Think Well section like “I trust that my body knows how to heal itself”, then your actions for the week might be reading this statement to yourself every day or multiple times per day to help re-pattern your thinking.

3) Circle which days this week you will perform this action.

As you go through the week, check the circled day when you’ve done it.

4) Tally it all up.

At the end of the week, tally how many times you actually did the action and compare it to how many times you intended to do it. 2 out of 7? 4 out of 5? 7 out of 7!

This steady, focused step-by-step approach will help you make huge improvement in your lifestyle over time and you will feel more and more healthy week by week.

Good luck and let me know if I can help you in any way with this. Just make a comment below.

 

*Exerpted from the Being Well Lifestyles Home Study Course by Dr. Jay Warren.

Drawing on over two decades of experience as a hands-on holistic practitioner, Dr. Jay Warren is a primary healthcare provider and licensed chiropractor in the San Diego area. He has spent tens of thousands of clinical hours helping his patients achieve their optimal health potential through holistic approaches bolstered by years of personal experimentation, education and research. Dr. Jay creates customized plans integrating exercise, nutrition and stress management strategies to overcome a myriad of health challenges. For more information, email drjay@drjaywarren.com or visit www.DrJayWarren.com.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.