I’ve tried the traditional western medicine approach to wellness over the years and it just doesn’t seem to work well for me. Health and wellness generally implies that I focus on the health of my physical body through exercise and healthy eating. Addressing mental, emotional and spiritual health are often neglected or taboo subjects. There are many conflicting views as to which diet to follow, what exercises are best and when to use medication to control symptoms. The ultimate goal in this approach is to “fix” things. If you do A, B and C, then you will achieve X, Y and Z. There are rules to follow, calories to count and points to earn. This approach leaves me feeling defeated and overwhelmed with long-term goals that seem unachievable.
I created the Balance Resource Cards as a way to give myself the gift of health. I could spend all morning doing yoga, journaling and meditating, yet I would not have enough time to do all the good things I could do to influence my health. These cards give me a fun way to pick and choose a few things to do each day and keep my wellness routine from being boring. The cards help remind me what is really important in my life. Sometimes I even try something from the cards that is outside of my comfort zone just for the challenge. I like this fun approach to creating a wellness plan for my life. This is more satisfying to me than accumulating points for my insurance company’s risk assessment program.