Taking charge of your well-being

Taking charge of your health and well-being may include these suggestions:

Become informed
  • Keep an ongoing list of resources that contribute to your well-being (people, print and on-line).
  • Develop a plan for how and when to use these resources.

Advocate for yourself
  • Learn what contributes and what takes away from your well-being.
  • Consider how to increase things that contribute to your well-being.
  • Consider how to decrease the things that take away from your well-being.

Examine your relationships with family and friends
  • Assess what is working, what is not working, what helps, what does not help.
  • Talk to those who are close to you to help them understand what they may be able to do to help you.
  • Develop a plan for how to reach out when necessary.

Examine your lifestyle
  • Look at how you are living your life: diet and nutrition, sleep and rest, exercise, creative activities, social activities.
  • Consider what helps you to improve your energy, confidence, self-esteem, coping skills, and sense of inclusion while maintaining your well-being.

Create a plan
  • Set goals and benchmarks
  • Monitor progress
  • Revise the plan as needed
  • Don't get discouraged
  • Celebrate small achievements

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The contents of these resources are offered for information purposes only. Every situation is different and you should consider your own circumstances before making decisions about employment and treatment options. These resources are not intended to offer legal, medical or other professional advice and should not be relied on as such.

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