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At this time of the year, people want to make changes in their life, so they set up ‘New Year’s Resolution’. But many will fail. This is because the fail to establish a workable plan that they are committed to accomplishing.

Ideally, goal-setting involves establishing specific, measurable and time-targeted objectives. When established in this way, goal setting is an effective tool for making progress since participants know what they must do to achieve or help achieve an objective.

We can determine our goals by being clear on what is important to us. By understanding our values, we can set more appropriate goals for ourselves. Instead of the generic ‘I want to lose weight’, than we can set up SMART goals around this with a higher likelihood of success.

How is this different than a New Years Resolution?  By setting up SMART goals, your can better access, in a realistic and practical way, the life you want to be leading.  When you make a New Year resolution, you are hoping for a change, wishing something better or different. But without a follow through, a plan of action and maintenance, it is likely not going to be much more than a nice idea.

And aren’t your dreams worth more than that?  So, what do you need to change your New Year’s resolution into a successful solution?

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Often times people don’t understand what wellness is. Most of us live on the superficial, tangible plane of physicality. Wellness isn’t just about your physical body or what you do to it, though that is part. Wellness is the state of optimal well-being, not simply the absence of illness, but an improved quality of life resulting from enhanced physical, mental, and spiritual health. All aspects of your life.

So it’s all good to be getting exercise regularly, and eating right (if you are doing this, bravo for you, you are still a minority group!), but a higher level of self-care is improving your quality of life in these other areas or dimensions.

So, I like to consider that there is 6 different dimensions to our wellbeing. Depending on how you look at it, there could be more, yet these 6 pretty much encapsulate all the different areas of our life.

-Physical Wellness: involves taking care of our bodies – eating right, exercising, routine medical exams. It also discourages against the use of tobacco, drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption.

-Social Wellness: addresses interpersonal relationships and helps us enter into successful and fulfilling relationships with our family, friends, significant others, pets and others.

-Spiritual Wellness: involves finding meaning and purpose in life. This can give us strength to cope with despair and help us feel good about being alive. Spiritual wellness may or may not include religion.

-Emotional Wellness: addresses intrapersonal relationships. It involves a better understanding of our feelings and emotions.

-Intellectual Wellness: involves maintaining cognitive stimulation to prevent mental stagnation. It is a lifelong process of mental challenges and creativity.

-Vocational Wellness: addresses career goals and paths and finding a balance between life at home and life at work.

By understanding and bringing balance into each of these areas, you bring quality and completeness into your life!  I will discuss the key elements of what it will take for this to happen in later blogs…

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The Holiday Season is a stressful time. Many people spend more money than they have, eat much more than their bodies need, and are overwhelmed with all the expectations and demands that come at this time of year. Over-indulgences lead to debt, excessive weight and regretful actions, and then we pay the price for the first half of the New Year! Can you relate?

It is possible to enjoy the holidays without sacrificing your health and wellness!  This is the time for family and celebration, but you don’t have to lose a sense of yourself! While depression and stress often accompany the holidays, you can again thrive and enjoy this important time of year.   Please check out my article at Examiner.com, http://www.examiner.com/x-30076-Boulder-Wellness-Examiner~y2009m11d20-Ten-Tips-for-a-Healthy-Holiday-Season, for the top tips to have your best holiday yet! For additional healthy holiday tips, see WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-holidays-8/default.htm

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What is it that could take away the satisfaction of life, cause us to develop bad habits, drive drunk, develop eating disorders, zone in front of the tube for hours, or even cheat on our mate? This same factor could lead to premature death, by causing you to be sick or promote illness. What is this factor? Boredom.

Boredom is a condition characterized by the perception of one’s environment as dull, tedious, and lacking in stimulation. This, of course, in contradiction to a life of passion, adventure or even just contentment! So pervasive in our lives that many of us don’t even notice it!

21% of Americans say they are bored regularly. Researchers think it is even more. And, boredom is a form of stress and can wreak havoc in our lives. Many ease their boredom with eating, drinking, infidelity or other forms of not-so-healthy self-indulgence. And it can lead to depression.

But, it is cureable! Where are you bored in your life? How does this boredom show up, and what are the results?

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Has anyone noticed the change? It’s in the air, it’s in the light, it’s in the things we do. Autumn is the time when there is balance between light and dark; it’s a time of harvest and completion. You see it in the natural world and you see it in ourselves, if we become aware of our natural rhythms.

This is a time of harvest, and preparing for the shorter, darker days. This is also the time of increased illness and stress. Did you know the common cold occurs 100 million times per year in the US and accounts for 30 million lost workdays, with 30 million lost school days and 32 million visits to the doctor. With preventative measures you could greatly reduce or even eliminate your chances of picking up this common ailment.  How you can improve your odds and maintain a healthy system as we approach this winter season?

It’s really quite easy. The key to fighting every attack and assault is to have a strong immune system! You must maintain a health functioning immune system. Next I will share what I consider the top ten things you can do to enhance your immune system.

To your health!
Joelle

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