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A wellness plan will help you get stress under control. It doesn’t matter whether you have been dealing with repeated acute stressors lately or if you have been facing long-term, chronic stress across the board for many years, a plan is always the first step. If you want to find out how stress is destroying your life and what to do about it, you have to start with a plan and in order to develop a plan, you need to have a clear understanding of the complicated nature of life, in general and your life, in particular. There are similarities between all of us, of course, and there are also features, which are very unique to each the person.

If you thought about a wellness plan objectively, you would realize that life is made up of many different categories and each one has the potential to be a cause of stress. I made a wellness plan list once and came up with 52 different categories that I call wellness categories and I am sure my list wasn’t complete.

Now it’s your turn! A great first step to developing a wellness plan is to make a list of all the little compartments in your life. It might help to think in terms of all the hats you wear in your life. For example, are you a parent, a spouse, or a sibling? Very likely, you are someone’s child and grandchild and even if your parent(s) or grandparent(s) aren’t living any longer, these relationships from the past can still be causing you stress. Are you a worker, a student or someone’s business partner? Maybe you are a volunteer or member of some group? Whatever you do, to have a really strong wellness plan, you need to get together a complete list of all the compartments or wellness categories in your life.

And don’t limit these categories to relationships. You also need to take into account all the soft categories like attitudes, behaviors and beliefs. As, I said, my list had 48 categories. Thoroughness is the key to a strong wellness plan.

The best plan for wellness is developed when people think outside the box. In other words, they choose to go beyond what is normally accepted by society. To truly achieve and maintain total wellness, you need something much more innovative, creative and empowering. You have to unleash the power of your amazing mind.

As you develop that list for your plan of wellness, begin to ask questions about what part of each category is causing you stress. Ask open-ended questions (cannot be answered by "yes" or "no") and ask a lot of "what if?" questions. Feel free to steal from my list below.

Now take each challenging issue and write a couple of ideas about what you would like to see happen to improve on the problem.

As you expand your wellness plan document, add a list of resources that could help you to solve the issue and then finally set a plan as to what resources you will use and by when the work needs to be done.

Eventually, you will see a wellness plan develop and once you have a plan, you can start working on solving all the problems and getting much better at managing all your stress.

List of Wellness Categories for Your Wellness Plan

  1. Adaptational Wellness – Our Willingness to Change
  2. Ancestral Wellness — Our History
  3. Architectural Wellness — Our Homes
  4. Behavioural Wellness — Our Addictions
  5. Beneficial Wellness – Our Approach to Others
  6. Collateral Wellness — Our Safety and Security
  7. Collegial Wellness — Our Coworkers and Associates
  8. Comical Wellness — Our Sense of Humour
  9. Communicational Wellness — Our Communication
  10. Digital Wellness — Our Technology
  11. Ecological Wellness — Our Neighbours
  12. Educational Wellness — Our Education
  13. Emotional Wellness — Our Moods And Feelings
  14. Entrepreneurial Wellness — Our Businesses
  15. Environmental Wellness — Our Planet
  16. Ethical Wellness — Our Integrity
  17. Familial Wellness — Our Extended Families
  18. Festival Wellness — Our Holidays and Special Days
  19. Financial Wellness — Our Money
  20. Generational Wellness — Our Parents and Grandparents
  21. Habitational Wellness — Our Households
  22. Hormonal Wellness – Our Stress Hormones
  23. Ideological Wellness — Our Values and Beliefs
  24. Informational Wellness — Our Knowledge
  25. Intellectual Wellness — Our Thoughts and Ideas
  26. Judicial Wellness — Our Rights and Responsibilities
  27. Liberal Wellness — Our Tolerance
  28. Marital Wellness — Our Husbands and Wives
  29. Material Wellness — Our Things
  30. Medical Wellness — Our Health
  31. Motivational Wellness — Our Drive
  32. Natural Wellness — Our Surroundings
  33. Nutritional Wellness — Our Food
  34. Occupational Wellness — Our Careers and Jobs
  35. Organizational Wellness — Our Time
  36. Parental Wellness — Our Children
  37. Pastoral Wellness — Our Grieving
  38. Personal Wellness – Our Confidence
  39. Physical Wellness — Our Bodies
  40. Political Wellness — Our Government
  41. Psychological Wellness — Our Balance
  42. Rational Wellness — Our Fears
  43. Reciprocal Wellness — Our Generosity and Causes
  44. Recreational Wellness — Our Fun
  45. Relational Wellness — Our Romantic Partners
  46. Ritual Wellness — Our Habits
  47. Social Wellness — Our Friends
  48. Spiritual Wellness — Our Faith
  49. Systematical Wellness – Our Systems and Routines
  50. Transitional Wellness — Our Upbringing
  51. Transportational Wellness — Our Mobility
  52. Visual Wellness — Our Appearance

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