Doing Something Different to Enhance Wellness

People would say that one is a bit crazy to continue to do the same thing over and over again, day after day.  One may even say it is even crazier to do this and expect to get better results or event a different result.

If what you’re doing isn’t working or increasing your wellness, do something else.

I was working with a team member recently. He had wanted his team to carry out a piece of project work in a certain way. He said to me that he had told them again and again, but they still weren’t doing what he wanted. I pointed out that if he wanted them to change what they were doing, he might have to change what he was doing; I suggested that he be more flexible. Together, we explored some alternative approaches and things started to change.

If you are just following the idea through in some way, by definition you are perceiving it differently and doing yourself lots of favors. If you are fed up with getting the same results to certain things over and over, with whatever it is that you are looking to change, use this notion to begin to disrupt your existing pattern.  You’ll be increasing your wellness.

So, firstly, identify an area where you’ve been doing the same thing over and over hoping to get a different result. Or an area that you want to increase your wellness. It may relate to a behavior, habit, circumstance or situation; just choose something that you want to change the outcome of.

Then secondly, clarify your goal, that is, clarify what you want to achieve. Do this by asking yourself what you want and how you will know when you have got it.

Thirdly, construct or create a list of the different approaches and behaviors you have tried already in order to achieve this goal or increased wellness. Or note down what it is that you are doing currently.

Finally and most simply, put together a nice list of some alternative behaviors you will use to achieve the goal and increase wellness. Enlist some help if you feel it would help. When you have compiled a good list (put stuff down on that list that may well not seem right for you, it is good to explore avenues that in the past made you feel uncomfortable from time to time). Then, of course, look at starting to do the things that are on your list; do them.

What I am wanting to get across here is the idea of being more bendy.

Your mind and your body really are a single system, so it follows that physical flexibility can often lead to greater mental flexibility. There are certain activities which can greatly increase physical flexibility, including things like Yoga, Martial arts, Dancing, Swimming and lots of other general forms of exercise.

… will increase your overall behavioral and mental flexibility.

Practicing any of these will increase your overall behavioral and mental flexibility and level of wellness. In addition, find opportunities to break habitual patterns. For instance, most mornings when I shave, I do it in a different way. This requires me to stay aware and vary my patterns. The more flexibility you have, the more flexibility you can bring to situations involving others. Often, when people are seeing me for reducing their weight, I might suggest that they look at the doing things like swapping their knife and fork hands around for a week.

So, go ahead and identify a habitual pattern and change it to enhance your wellness. Especially if it is something you are not entirely happy about. Below are an example of some things you an do to increase your wellness.

  • -Get up on the other side of the bed
  • -Go grocery shopping 5 hours later than you normally would
  • -Take the time to talk to someone you would not normally talk to
  • -Change the tone for your cell phone received calls
  • -Brush your teeth with a different tooth brush
  • -Answer your phone with the opposite hand than usual

These changes will force your mind to think differently and will creating a bit of anxiety will increase your wellness.  Do this sooner rather than later. If you want to change for the better you have to make some changes to yourself. What I have mentioned may be a bit different but give it a try. You will be surprised at the result.