Wellness For A Better Day
“Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” – Greg Anderson
How you look at your day is a big part of living with wellness for your best life!
Living in our modern world, you most likely know what it feels like to be over-scheduled and maybe not feeling as well as you would like!
You know what it feels like to care of others more than you do for yourself. You know what it feels like to put yourself last because someone who depends on you needs your time.
I know this firsthand being a live in caregiver for many years! There were many times I saw how vital it was for me to improve my wellness and take some time for me!
Sadly, I learnt this a little too late. You see I burnt out taking care of my mother. I ended up getting sick and could not get out of bed for three weeks. It was not pretty, and it was at this time that my mother had to move into a Long-Term Care Home. It was a stressful time for sure and definitely a sad time for me.
Below are some ideas that I have learned since my mother passed away on how I could have improved my mindset, wellness and well-being to take better care of myself during my time as a live in caregiver.
You know what it is like to work hard all day and come home to take care of responsibilities at home, too, right?
Or you work hard at home all day and still your work doesn’t end just because the sun sets.
Being on emotional and psychological overload has become a way of life for us modern humans. We modern humans are strong and can handle a lot, but sometimes in the cycle, seem to lose sight of the fact that that in order to keep giving to those we love we have to recharge, and center ourselves again.
The following wellness tips can help you improve your day and you’ll discover that when you feel better mentally, physically and emotionally, you feel better all over.
Tip #1 – If you’re overextended, ask for help. If you feel like a mouse chasing the cheese and the cheese keeps four steps ahead of you, then you’re doing too much. It’s normal to want to handle responsibilities without wanting to ask for help. But when you’re too busy, that can lead to feelings of stress or burning out. And this is definitely something you don’t want to have happen to you.
Tip #2 – Get rid of negativity. If you have relationships that are bad for you, it’s time to cut ties. Surround yourself with positive people – people who will nourish you and support you. Let go of past emotional hurts and anything that ties you to a negative experience.
Tip #3 – Just STOP! As a modern human, you are so busy, so on the go that you never just stop and do nothing. Even on days off, you’re busy doing something that you feel has to be taken care of. Give yourself time to stop. Take off – be unavailable to everyone but you. Meditate, get involved in yoga or something else that relaxes you. Find a way to experience joy each day.
Tip #4 – Take part in activities that you enjoy. We often let go of what we enjoy doing. We push it off to the side because we don’t feel we have the time. Make time for the activities you love.
Tip #5 – Physical health, including eating life-affirming real foods, good sleep, and daily exercise, is closely tied into mental well being. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself through learning and creating home cooked meals, getting plenty of good rest and exercising daily.
Tip #6 – Unload your burdens. Don’t carry around stress inside. We all need an outlet to talk about the things that bother or upset us. Talk to your friends, a therapist, or even use a journal to get out the things that give you a heavy mental load.
Tip #7 – Live your passion. If you feel stuck or you feel like life is passing you by – or this isn’t what you signed up for, change it. It’s never too late to chase a passion you have. You might not be able to pack up and move to Paris today if that’s your dream but take smaller steps to reach that goal if that’s what you want.
Now normally my go to practice for improving my mental/emotional wellbeing as well as physical is I exercise daily either by getting out for a walk, running hill sprints, lifting weights and stretching. The vital thing to keep in mind with exercise, intense exercise to be specific is you must be sure that you are not too stressed already. If this is the case it might be better to slow down and simply go for the walk and save the intense workout for another day.
Sometimes exercise for me is about the meditation of slow movement and sometimes it is about high intensity interval training!
Either way this practice has been hugely beneficial for me!
What 1 tip do you feel will help you improve your mental wellbeing?
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