Wellness is more than just a buzzword. It’s all about trying to pursue a lifestyle in which you thrive, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Introducing wellness into your life can be easier said than done, but the tips below can help.
Figure Out Your Wants and Needs
The first step is separating what you want and need from what might currently be all the rage, but which holds little appeal for you. For example, you might see a lot of advice about downsizing and decluttering and leading a life of minimalism, but maybe you love being surrounded by half a dozen sewing projects, your books and interesting items you’ve picked up at yard sales. There is no one size fits all to wellness. It’s about identifying what you need to lead the best life you can.
Make Small Changes
Every change you make in your life doesn’t have to be revolutionary. Small changes add up, and they are also more sustainable. Maybe you’ll decide to get up half an hour early to meditate, or maybe what you really need is more sleep and to go to bed an hour earlier at night. Perhaps you’ll make a point of leaving the office on time each day instead of working late so that you can spend more time with your family. Maybe you’ll decide to stop smoking in favour of the cleaner experience of using a dry herb vaporizer. Dry herb enthusiasts enjoy both portable and desktop varieties, and you can find the one for you. Other examples of small changes include taking the stairs instead of the elevator or reading on your commute instead of scrolling through social media on your phone.
You don’t have to have a huge circle of friends. In fact, you may be close to only two or three people in your life, and that’s fine. What’s important is that you do have some human interaction with people you care about and who care about you. If you don’t have anyone like this in your life, don’t despair. Many people are in this situation for various reasons. Think about the things that you like to do, whether it’s playing board games, playing tennis, or reading science fiction. There is almost certainly a group near you that is based around this hobby. Alternately, you might find community through your religion or through doing volunteer work.
For most people, having a balanced approach to many things in life is the best way. For example, sitting around watching TV all the time is probably not the path to wellness, but this doesn’t mean you can never watch your favourite box sets. This works in the other direction as well: overzealous devotion to always making sure you eat the right things or squeeze in your planned exercise can be too rigid, leaving you stressed and unhappy.
Regularly checking in with yourself and how you are feeling and aiming to avoid extremes is the best path forward. Of course, there are periods when this isn’t possible. If you are hard at work on trying to meet a work deadline or dealing with a particularly thorny issue with one of your children, all of your energy might have to go to that for a while. The key is to always make an effort to return to a more moderate state.