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Developing your personal wellness plan, part 2

By Channing King

In our society today, it’s more normal to be sick, feeble and disease-ridden than it is to be healthy. In fact, the U.S. ranks 49th worldwide in life expectancy. This has got to change. What we’re doing isn’t working. It’s time to take back control of our health, and we can do this by making better choices and developing a personal wellness plan.

Do you value yourself? Just how valuable are you? Let me put it this way, if you had a million-dollar, prize-winning race horse, how valuable would it be to you? I’m not talking about just any horse, I’m talking about a horse that generates millions of dollars each year, maybe even every race. If you owned that horse, how valuable would it be to you? How would you treat it? Feed it? Exercise it? Would you keep its stall clean and sanitized? Would you make sure it was well-rested? Of course you would because the horse would be of great value to you. It’s easy to understand the need to take care of a million-dollar race horse, but I also hope you realize that you’re much more valuable to yourself, your family, friends, and most importantly, to God, than any race horse. So if a million-dollar race horse has a wellness plan, you should, too.

So you realize how valuable you are, but how do you formulate your own wellness plan? First, decide what parts of your life need to be healthy. This may vary from person to person. For me, there are four lives, or parts of my life, that need to be managed if I want true wellness. These four areas are my spiritual life, family life, health life and doctor/work life. Secondly, decide what you need to do in each of those areas to be successful. If your spiritual life is important, you may want to make sure to spend some time with God or reading your Bible each day. If family is important, you’ll want to make sure you’re putting time there and making those connections strong. In your health, you’ll want to be sure you’re exercising and eating healthy foods. At work, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing your very best. Once you decide what areas of your life are most important, you can begin formulating a plan to make those areas successful and well.

Here’s a list of some other healthy habits that may help you get and stay healthy. There are many things you can do for the health of your body, but I highly recommend regular chiropractic adjustments for better body function; making wise food choices; taking organic, whole food supplements; drinking more clean water; getting adequate sleep; proper exercise; managing stress; having one on one time with God; attending church regularly; and getting some rest or vacation time. As you commit to putting more of this list into your personal wellness plan, your health will reach new heights.

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