It can be surprising to discover what you need to feel well—a few good books, a personalized self-care routine, a change of environment. Many health crazes have come and gone in recent decades, each offering a different path to fulfilment, but the concept of wellness has never resonated as deeply as it does today. We all understand why it’s important to take care of ourselves, to explore the depths of our ambitions, to strive for what we need and want—but oftentimes, wellness is a philosophy without practice.
Traveling presents an opportunity to turn thought into action—it’s a time to revitalize your body, mind, and soul. To help you stay well at 30,000 feet, we’ve developed a list of questions and activities that encourage you to assess your priorities. Jot your answers down in a notebook, or copy them to your notes on your mobile device and use this uninterrupted time to reflect on your mental and physical state. Think critically about what is and isn’t working, consider how your journey might enhance your wellbeing, and check in again on your return.
"...the concept of wellness has never resonated as deeply as it does today."
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Quick warm-up exercises:
1. What do you do to practice self care?
2. What practices or therapies have you heard about and want to try, but haven’t yet?
3. What is one thing you can do every day (in 15 minutes or less) to achieve wellbeing?
"Traveling presents an opportunity to turn thought into action—it’s a time to revitalize your body, mind, and soul."
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The wellness deep-dive:
- 1. List 20 things you want to improve or implement in the next six months. These can be blue-sky ideas, radical health shifts, or overall moods. Prioritize your list, starting with the items that are easiest to accomplish, and ending with those that will take the most time.
- 2. For each item on your list, complete the following statement: "In order for me to have __________, I have to __________." Focus on actionable things you can do to bring more of that into your life.
- 3. What is preventing you from taking that action? What would life look like if there were no obstacles?
- 4. What sacrifices are you willing to make to achieve these goals? What things can you go without in order to enlist positive change?
- 5. What do you want to be known for? What legacy do you want to leave?
- 6. Think about your ultimate state of peace, calm, or serenity—without adding any caveats about what it will take to get there (no "I’ll be happy when..." statements). Focus solely on your current state. How do you feel? How do you want to feel?
- 7. What judgements do you make about yourself? List it and let it go.
- 8. List 10 things that you love and admire about yourself. What skills and qualities do you bring to the table? Use the statement "I am ___________."
- 9. Make a list of things you can do that will contribute to your health and wellbeing.
- 10. What can you do for yourself in the next five minutes, hour, day, week, month, or year to feel emotionally fulfilled?
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Written by Kim Budziak