I designed the Let’s Get Healthy! Sticker Set to help you more effectively establish and maintain lifestyle habits that improve your overall health, based on what the both the research and my experience working with clients suggests will help you the most. Before you start to use these with your Life Planner or with a calendar that you may have, please read my post: Some Tips for Using Wellness Planner Stickers. It contains some helpful Dos and Don’ts that will make a big difference in the results you will see using them! If you begin doing ALL the things that are helpful to get healthy at one time, you will likely not be successful either in establishing the habits much less maintaining them…not exactly what you want to do. Start low and go slow and you’ll get this.
The benefits to taking care of your health are numerous: you will look better, feel better, and age better. You will strengthen your immune system and lower your chances of having to deal with major health problems. You will sleep better and manage life stress more effectively. For all that taking care of your health can do for you, it’s surprising how we can end up taking our health for granted…until something happens and we realize that it’s really true that without your health, nothing else matters.
What I hope to do with this sticker set for your Life Planner is help you, one week at a time, establish the healthy habits that will improve your health for a lifetime…knowing that your life is hectic, busy, stressful, and there are a million things competing for your time. I’ve designed this set with everything that doctors know you need to be doing on a weekly basis to have optimal health. If you’re already doing some or most of these, that’s great…keep it going! If you’re not doing any of these consistently, you can use your Life Planner to get one going at a time until eventually these are all just regular life habits. The difference between life with and without them is tremendous.
Here are the most important skills you need to be healthy and why they are important.
Healthy habits for life:
Hydrate: Drinking enough water is essential for good health
Eat healthy: Eating foods that fight inflammation help prevent illness
Get active: Regular exercise has multiple health benefits
De-stress: Spending time each week managing your stress improves health
Sleep: Getting the right amount of sleep is essential for weight management and immune functioning
Additional helpful health-management practices:
Gratitude: Focusing on what you’re grateful helps you manage stress
On the menu: Planning your meals leads to better weight management and improved health
The Let’s Get Healthy! Sticker Set comes with inspirational quotes to remind you to commit to the process of taking care of yourself every day.
The stickers for developing and maintaining the essential lifestyle habits of hydrating, eating healthy, exercising, managing your stress, and getting enough sleep are best if used to build toward mastery one habit at a time. If you’re not used to doing these weekly already, don’t start trying to fit them all in at once. That’s a recipe for overwhelm! Just pick one and work toward the goal of doing this weekly until you’ve accomplished this and it feels like a regular habit. Then start with another one, keeping that first one going, too. This can take weeks to months, sometimes years to get really good at. Remember progress, not perfection, is the goal.
Your gratitude practice and menu planning reminder stickers can be put into your week a regular basis to keep you on track. Consider using the Grocery shop and Food prep stickers along with the On the menu stickers as a way to ensure you create time and space to support your goals to eat healthier. It’s the number one thing you can do to improve your energy, mood, and overall health…so begin this one early, along with drinking enough water.
Remember that to get to the point where you are regularly practicing all of these habits to improve your health could take months to years. That’s normal and quite reasonable, particularly given how much else you likely have going on in your life. But working to establish even one of these habits this year is a great goal to work towards and will have mental health and physical health benefits for you not just this year, but for years to come.
I will be writing more about each of the coping skills listed above and how to get them established using your Life Planner in future blog posts, with some specific examples to help you be successful. So please stay tuned and check in frequently or follow me on my facebook page or on twitter where I’ll let you know when they post!