I started this post in January, but I didn’t get it finished in time to join the linkup. Sticking with my theme of better late than never, I decided to write the rest of it so I could join this month’s linkup!
The January 2019 issue of O : The Oprah Magazine had an article about the suicide epidemic affecting women. It was a really tough article to read because these women opened up and shared things that they probably never would have anticipated telling others. One thing that stood out to me in the article was the idea of creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP.
I had never heard of this concept, and I’ll assume that most of you haven’t either. If you have, please feel free to skip ahead! 😉 For the rest of you (and me), the basic definition of WRAP is “a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well, and make their life the way they want it to be.” (Source)
The source linked above has a lot of great resources on what a WRAP consists of, how to create it, and research findings about how a WRAP can be beneficial. The last point is particularly important to me as a librarian and someone who is tired of being inundated with suggestions from the world about how to feel my best. I want something that has research and proof behind it, and I like the concrete and detailed nature of this plan.
I am focusing on eight areas of wellness this year, so I already have some tools that I can add to my WRAP. I haven’t jumped into creating it yet, but I’m going to make it a priority for the next few days since I think it’s better to be proactive about these kinds of things, rather than reactive (hmm, maybe the seven habits curriculum that we used for our freshmen this year stuck with me more than I realized…haha).
Have you heard of or created a WRAP? If so, tell me about your experience with it!