Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Taking Time for You

By Judy Frueh WHNP, BC
Clinic Supervisor University Wellness Center, Northwest Missouri State University

This is a very quick way to help you prioritize and help you get a little more out of life:

When was the last time you focused on you?  Please take a minute, grab a pencil and a piece of paper.  Divide your paper into fourths.  In one corner, quickly write ten things that bring you JOY.  In another corner, quickly write five to seven TIME WASTERS.  Now when I say this, I don’t mean working 40 hours a week, but this could mean driving 45 minutes to work.  See the difference?   Next corner I want you to write down 10 things that help you FUNCTION AT YOUR BEST.  For example, I find I feel better and function better if I have at least 72 ounces of water a day.    The fourth corner, please right down things/people who DEPEND ON YOU.  This can be anything from feeding the dog to serving on various community boards. 

 Now that we have a list of these four items, let’s think about the six aspects of the wellness wheel.  How are you doing in these areas? The 6 aspects are: physical, emotional, intellectual, social/family, occupational, and spiritual. People usually have two/three they do really well and two/three they do not so great.  Let’s think about the two/three areas we aren’t doing so well. 

Think about all your lists.  What do YOU want to add to your life and what can you take away but yet still add value?  Now make two attainable goals for yourself in the next four weeks.  This can be simple goals such as increasing your fruit intake by two servings each day, walking 10,000 extra steps, balancing your checking account, reducing your alcohol consumption, or visiting a family member.   Share your goals with your loved ones and review your goals in four weeks. 

For more information contact me jfrueh@nwmissouri.edu .  I love helping people feel better inside and out!  Good luck with your goal setting and your focus on YOU.  You will be rewarded for your efforts!

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