As we wrap up 2020, a year that has inevitably tested our well-being, it’s an opportune time to take a step back—to tap into our current state of wellness. How are you feeling, mentally, physically, and spiritually? From exhausted to empowered, emotions are likely all over the map. But before tapping in, let’s define wellness and how it shapes our day-to-day lives.
By definition, wellness is “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal” (Merriam-Webster). In essence, it’s our routine actions (read: habits!) that make us well. It’s the things we do, daily, that are in alignment with living a healthful, purpose-driven life. From incorporating exercise to living within our means, there are many ways to prioritize wellness; it’s not one-size-fits-all. Consider these three overarching pillars: social well-being, health, and financial prosperity.
Social well-being: spending time with family and friends who support, inspire, and motivate you.
Health: prioritizing your mental and physical health so that you can tackle life’s challenges.
Financial prosperity: having accessibility to safety nets, in order to feel financially secure.
When we choose these pillars as goals, our actions naturally align with our mission to be well. In everything we do, we have the opportunity to make wellness a priority. And when wellness becomes a priority, we quickly notice the synergy that exists between taking care of ourselves and taking care of our social ties, our finances, etc. It’s all intertwined. For example, the simple act of spending wiser (i.e. spending less), has the ability to reinforce a healthy state of mind. In other words, a stable bank account can positively impact mental health. Vice versa, being financially sound can help inspire a healthful state of being.
how to achieve wellness
Spoiler alert: there’s no magic powder or diet pill to take. Wellness is an ongoing, whole body journey—a constant work-in-progress. Everyday wellness is more than just a fad diet, buying expensive adaptogens, cutting out entire food groups, fasting, etc. Taking care of your mental and physical health require tapping into what makes you feel your best. Surrounding yourself with supportive people counts. Weeding out things and relationships that don’t support you, counts. Practicing gratitude counts. Prioritizing sleep, counts. Adding quality protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs to your plate, counts. Everyday wellness is about accepting where you’re at while inching towards realistic goals.
wellness is the way you speak to yourself
When it comes to self-care, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the allure of what we often see on social media—the facials, massages, 30 minute meditation practices, etc. But here’s the thing: self-care shouldn’t require any money or other resources (although budgeting for acupuncture or a monthly massage might work for you!). Ultimately, at the root of practical self-care is the way that we speak to ourselves. Our inner-dialogue. Taking care of yourself is as simple as speaking to yourself in a way that is kind, gentle, and loving. This costs nothing and takes minimal time. However, it does require patience. And consistency. In today’s social media-driven world, self-comparison is pervasive. As such, it’s easy to feel shame, guilt, and low self-esteem. With that said, the goal isn’t to be in a constant state of loving ourselves. Rather, it’s about knowing you can stop negative self-talk in its tracks. When unhelpful thoughts come up, you can acknowledge them, tell them no thank you, and send them on their way. Then, you can replace that unproductive thought with something that’s nurturing. Remember that the root of self-care is in our thoughts—the way we think about ourselves.
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