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Recap — Springing into Action: Steps to Developing an Effective Action Plan

Recap — Springing into Action: Steps to Developing an Effective Action Plan


Published on April 19, 2023

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By this time of year, most people have abandoned any New Year’s resolutions they established back in January. On March 15, Prof. Harvey Skinner led the final instalment of the Wellness and Self-Care mini-series at the Dahdaleh Institute. In this session, participants engaged in an hour-long workshop entitled “Developing Your Stress-Busting Action Plan”.

Harvey created an open space for everyone to assess their own readiness for change. He shared his personal experiences with his own goals to promote healthy living. Then, Harvey explained how participants can benefit from using tools like the SMART goal framework (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Frame). This framework is valuable creating a focused, practical and positive behaviour change process. Finally, Harvey offered all participants an opportunity to check-in with him for feedback and advice on achieving their SMART wellness goals.

Prof. Skinner gave insight from a broader perspective on New Year’s resolutions. He stated that wellness behaviour change like enjoying a more plant-based diet, practicing mindfulness, or partaking in regular exercise, can have an impact that extends far beyond the present, supporting ‘graceful’ ageing. Moreover, our choices and path towards wellness can benefit our planet.

This workshop summarized the larger theme of the series, which was that by healing ourselves, we can better heal the world. 

Watch the seminar presentation below:

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