Do you lack clarity with your health goals? Does working towards a health goal feel exhausting? If yes, it’s likely that your goals aren’t in alignment with your best interest at heart.
That’s why one of the first things I teach my clients inside Everglow Nutrition Coaching is how to create a wellness vision. It helps them get crystal clear on how they want to be, live, and show up in the world.
When you start with a vision, it’s much easier to take aligned action steps towards a healthier you. These are my top tools for creating a wellness vision.
What is a Wellness Vision?
A wellness vision is a compelling statement of who you are and what health-promoting behaviors you want to do consistently. It captures how you want to feel, act, and show up for yourself and others. More importantly, it uncovers the why beneath these desires.
Furthermore, your wellness vision serves as the foundation for goal setting. Instead of following an arbitrary list of “here’s what to do to be healthy”, you create action steps that align with your vision.
Tools for Creating a Wellness Vision
To get started with creating your wellness vision, proceed with the following steps.
1 – Journaling
Research underlines multiple benefits of journaling. Writing utilizes the left side of the brain, which is the analytical part. As the analytical side is being used, the right side (creative side) is freed up to think and feel. In other words, the act of writing frees up mental headspace to better clarify your thoughts and feelings.
Complete these prompts to establish your wellness vision:
- What kind of person do you want to be as it relates to your health?
- How would you summarize your ideal state of well-being?
- How do you want to feel on a daily basis? What helps you feel this way now?
- What makes this vision important to you?
- How does it relate to your values?
When answering these prompts, consider your entire well-being: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
2 – Visualization
Visualization involves picturing in your mind an outcome before it happens. Athletes use it to improve their performance. Notably, in the 2016 Olympics, Michael Phelps mentally rehearsed his events — smelling the air, tasting the water, hearing the cheers, and seeing the clock.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to utilize visualization. You can use it to bring your healthiest self forward. Set a timer for 5 minutes and picture going through a typical day as your most vibrant self.
- How does your most vibrant self start the day?
- What activities does she prioritize?
- How does she nourish her body?
Make this visualization as detailed as possible. Visualization works because your subconscious mind can’t tell the difference between make-believe and reality. Eventually, you believe that’s who you are.
3 – Imagery
Finally, pull together images that represent your wellness vision. Make a board on Pinterest, create a digital photo collage on Canva, or cut and paste from a mix of magazines. Choose a mix of quotes, words, scenic photos, or portraits.
Include pictures that represent experiences you want to have and ways you plan to nourish yourself on a regular basis. For example, if you visualized yourself meditating, include a picture of a mediation cushion.
Have fun with this step! Think of the teenage girl with the Seventeen magazine clippings and glitter glue. Bring that same energy!
How to Best Utilize a Wellness Vision
Once you’ve established your wellness vision, refer back to it regularly. Look at your vision board each day to remember what’s most important. It’s so fun when the images start to become your reality.
Want more? I guide my clients through this activity with more detail, depth, and accountability Schedule a free discovery call to gain clarity on your health goals and discover if virtual nutrition coaching is your next best step.