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Do you know how to set your “WellnessQ” goals? You might already if you had attended the recent Toronto WellnessQ event hosted by Health and Wellness experts, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod. If you weren’t able to attend, that’s ok because today I’m sharing a few of Hal and Joanne’s WellnessQ tips, plus a few of my own personal WellnessQ goals.
First of all, what is WellnessQ? It stands for “Wellness Quotient” and it emphasizes the importance of keeping wellness top of mind for adults ages 50 and older. Your WellnessQ encompasses all aspects of life from physical, mental and emotional health to financial wellbeing. It serves as a reminder that life should be celebrated and enjoyed no matter what age you are.
I wasn’t able to attend the event, but I hope some of you were able to go! Watch this video to learn more about the WellnessQ directly from the dynamic duo: Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod!
Even though I’m not yet in my boomer years (I turn 40 in few weeks though!), my parents are in their 60s. I worry about them often and I want to make sure they happy and healthy. My mom is retired already, but my dad is still working. He plans to retire in a few years hopefully.
My parents are in good health and are a good example of people taking to heart their WellnessQ. I think they might even be in better shape than me and I’m 20+ years younger! They are a great example of what it means to be seniors living life to the fullest.
I’ve shared with them Hal and Joanne’s WellnessQ tips from the event and many of them were already incorporated into their own personal goals. Check these tips out below and include them as part of your WellnessQ to-do list if they apply to you!
1. Create healthy habits. They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit. Some examples of healthy habits are drinking more water, eating better and ensuring you get enough sleep. Hal and Joanne say that a wellness habit is successful when you establish a trigger that sets your healthy routine in motion and gives you gratification each time you do it. If you do something enough, it will become ingrained into your daily routine. My dad right now is focusing on eating better so he can lose weight.
2. Keep your brain active. They recommend doing daily activities that get you thinking. Some ideas include crossword puzzles and Sudoku. They can be a bit of a challenge, but a fun one! You can pick up activity books at your local convenience store or find some game apps on your smartphone.
3. Maintain a positive attitude. My mom always tells me to think positive whenever I’m complaining to her about something. I can hear her voice in my head sometimes when I’m going down the negative thinking road. A positive attitude makes a huge difference in how you feel about yourself. Hal and Joanne say that this “You Can” attitude allows you to be more open to new opportunities, experiences and relationships. Memories are ready to be made with the right attitude.
4. Prevent and protect with immunization. We typically associate immunizations as something you only need to do when you are a child. It’s important even when you are older so you can ensure you are protected against certain preventable health threats like the flu and shingles. Visit your doctor to ask about what vaccinations are recommended to help protect your health. My parents get the flu shot every year and I’ve asked them to talk to their doctor about other vaccinations they might need.
5. Plan and track your progress. It’s been said that, “Without a Plan, You Plan to Fail”. This sentiment also applies to your health and wellbeing. Hal and Joanne recommend to outline what healthy habits you want to achieve and to figure out how you plan to do it. It’s also important to track your progress along the way in a “WellnessQ diary”. That way you can see how far you’ve come and how far you still need to go. Make adjustments as needed and stay focused on the ultimate goal to “Keep Fit & Have Fun”.
I’ve also taken some of Hal and Joanne’s tips in consideration and have incorporated them as part of my own personal “WellnessQ” goals. These goals include:
1. Keep moving. Make physical activity a part of your daily routine and turn it into a healthy habit (see tip #1). It not only helps you stay in shape, but it’s also good for your mind and soul. My dad is trying to lose a few pounds and has incorporated walking 30 minutes a day into his daily routine (me too!). He also still plays hockey once a week. The nicer weather will be here soon so you can get outdoors into the fresh air and enjoy nature!
2. Get social. It’s important to get out there and enjoy the company of your family and friends. I’m an introvert by nature so I know this can be tough for some people. However, I always feel lighter and happier when I’ve spent time with people who love and care about me.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend too much time worrying about it. Being able to let things go is freeing and will save your sanity.
4. Me time matters. Make sure you are still looking out for #1. Add at least 10 or 15 minutes to your daily routine where you are focusing on just YOU doing something you love. This could be something as simple as reading a book or taking a hot bubble bath. For me, I spend at least 20 minutes a day meditating and it’s made a huge difference in my wellbeing.
Are you ready to embrace your WellnessQ?