Cultivating Well-being

  1. Slow down, be still, listen to your body. In those moments of stillness this is where we hear our own thoughts and feel the truths. This is when we become aware of all that is truly happening in us and around us. Until we bring some self awareness and self reflection to what is happening and where we are at we can never be fully engaged with wellbeing. Spend at least 5 minutes with your own thoughts every day. Remember this does not have to be meditating while sitting still. It can be through movement like gentle yoga or walking meditations, it can be a little forest bathing, some journalling, drawing or colouring or even a few moments of prayer in a special place. Be mindful and conscious of what comes up, what thoughts, feelings and emotions arise and just being to explore them with a gently curiosity. Show yourself some self compassion and kindness in these moments also. This is a foundational step in helping us feel more grounded and gain a greater sense of well-being.

  2. Ask the big question. What will I do with this one wild and precious life ? (taken from Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day. Take some time to reflect on where you are now, where you have been and where you want to go.What is your life’s purpose?  We need to bring an awareness to the fact that we are responsible for our own being and our own happiness and our own life.  Acceptance of the fact that we are accountable to ourselves is so important before we ever start creating a wellbeing lifestyle. What do you want to do before you have to leave this world.  We need to become aware and conscious that each decision we make has an incremental and aggregated effect on our wellbeing and real change to create a well-being lifestyle begins in the minutia…. The tiny details that may seem insignificant but add to be the real big change. 

  3. Be you, be the real authentic you and stop worrying about what other people think. It is positively futile Nobody cares. Do you in whatever form that is. Life an intentional life, make conscious decisions and behave in a way that allows you to live your most authentic self. This is really getting to the core of true well-being. Do not alter your behaviours because of other peoples behaviours. 

  4. Live a life full of curiosity, have an inquisitive soul and explore. Explore relationships. Explore people, explore your history, explore places. Be an explorer in your own world. Exploration brings with it fun and excitement. It will give you back that sparkle in your eye and bring a fullness to your heart. 

  5. Honour your instincts. Listen to your body. Listen to the physical signs it is giving you. Hear what your body is trying to tell you and learn to trust it again.Acknowledge and feel your emotions  – learn to sit with the discomfort and the pain some emotions brings and indulge and savour those moments of joyous emotion too. Begin to trust those gut instincts also. The importance of self awareness [even] goes beyond well-being and mental health to include substantial impacts on day-to-day functioning.” according to a study in the European Journal of Psychology. When we honour our instincts we are more likely to see the warning signs coming before we end up in the middle of the storm. We can put in place coping strategies, we can plan, look after ourselves more and be protective, pre-emptive and mindful of our wellbeing. Mindful based stress reduction techniques are linked with a reduction in anxiety and stress levels and higher levels of confidence, happiness and overall wellness. 

  6. Connections. Slow down, take time to reflect and connect. First and foremost connect to ourselves and then connect with others, connect with nature, connecting to a higher power, connecting with the world around you. When you feel connected you feel like you are part of something bigger, something powerful. Connections can create s sense of community where we are fulfilling our basic human needs of safety and love and belonging. These are all vital to a sense of inner peace, calm and wellbeing.

  7. Letting go of this notion of perfectionism and I wont start until all the stars have aligned and everything is set up perfectly and I will be able to do everything perfectly. It is about starting now, this moment, today. Make a small change, just try it, and then try to do it again tomorrow and the next day and the next day until you have formed a new habit that now subconsciously supports your wellbeing lifestyle. 

  8. Gratitude  – acknowledge the goodness in your life. Whether this is in a tangible or intangible way. According to  Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Publishing “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” Take a few moments each day to count your blessing and begin to experience  the longterm benefits in your overall well-being. 

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