One of the fundamental principles to the Sleep, Think, Eat, Move well (STEM) wellbeing model is that all parts have equal relevance. Think of equilibrium where our entire system remains in balance.To support clients in sustaining breakthrough and creating a life where they flourish and thrive, appreciating the connectivity between ourselves and our universe is fundamental. However that is for another day. For now let’s stick to some simple principles:
• Track: Take 168 hours, 7 days, and monitor sleep, thinking, eating and moving.
• Choices: Identify any gaps and where your client has energy to make changes.
• Routines and habits: Create realisable routines and habits that will support the change by integrating across all four components.
Sleep. Check with your client how well they understand why sleep matters and how we can make simple adjustments with great results. Link across to thinking, eating and moving well.
Think. I focus my work here as much on the process of quality thinking as the content. I invite clients to monitor their thoughts for a couple of weeks writing down what the thoughts were that did not serve them well. We then have good insights into how we might shift patterns.
Eat. Our brains and our bodies have a need for nutrients. It is often revealing when you ask your client if they know what different types of foods do and how they support one’s brain and body. A simple checklist can help. An eye opener is often when a client gets the link between a lack of sleep and the desire to eat more calorie not nutrient dense food.
Move. Movement supports our bodies to thrive. I often walk with my clients which gives them an experience of thinking and moving. Supporting a client to explore what energises them regarding movement and exercise and what happens when they don’t can help here.
You can encourage your clients to spend a few weeks building a plan around sleeping, thinking, eating and moving well for them to monitor how well they experience their body and mind work well together.
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