Our wellbeing doesn’t end with mental or physical care. In fact, there are several areas of wellbeing. Undeniably, if one sphere of your life sucks, it absolutely affects all the others.
That’s why it’s essential to look at your wellness from every angle, holistically. Make goals, no matter how small or big, in each area. Take measurable steps each day and strive for balance. By that I mean celebrate progress with small treats or simply by acknowledging your determination and commitment. And when you don’t make progress, avoid self-judgment and honour your need for rest instead.
- Are you happy in your career? On a scale from 1-10, where does your job rate?
- What steps can you take to make your job more satisfying?
- What actions can you take toward doing what you love to do? Write everything down; writing down your goals and ideas is the beginning of making positive changes.
- What gives you the most satisfaction in your life? How can you do more of that each day?
- Are you learning something new every day?
- How can you enrich your mind? Inspiring books, movies, and podcasts abound. Find them!
- What are your values? Are you living in line or out of line with them? Are you letting other people pull you away from what you honour in your life? Why?
- Whatever meaning you assign to each area of your life affects you mental wellbeing. Why not write down positive meanings and believe in the best of all circumstances?
- Do you have a trusted group of friends? How can you make new friends?
- Do you have a good relationship with family? If not, how can you improve it? Alternatively, can you find your soul-family through a new social group?
- How do you show others you care? How can you be of service to others in need? Financially? By giving your time? By being a good listener? Do it! Giving friendship, emotional or financial support to other human beings is empowering. You’ll also meet out compassionate, like-minded people.
- Do you incorporate some form of physical activity into your day?
- What type of physical activity do you enjoy? Are you doing exercises you dislike? Why not try something new until you discover physical activity that invigorates you body, mind, and soul?
- Explore the great outdoors, wherever you live. Humans were meant to move and breathe fresh air.
- Remember keeping a clean living environment is important to our health. Vacuuming, dusting, and washing grime away all burn calories and make your living space healthy in the process.
- Are you in touch with where you originate from? Do you know the history of your family?
- Do you ever visit a local art gallery or museum?
- Can you find more recreational activities outdoors or indoors you would like to try?
- Are there other foods you’d like to try? Why not learn to prepare new recipes from different cultures?
- Do you know the history of your friends? Why not ask and learn about cultural rituals that are important to them?
- Is there travel on your horizon? When COVID restrictions disappear, be prepared to book your next trip by researching travel destinations, how to get there, and where to stay.
- Does your living space reflect your inner self?
- Can you paint your home a different colour? Can you hang more artwork?
- Do you have plants or greenery in and around your home? Do you know they offer oxygen and life to the humans and critters around them? Plants and flowers also make everything more beautiful and are natural relaxants.
- What other ways you can make your living environment more in tune with your spirit? De-clutter? Grow an herb garden? Install a sunlight? Do it!
- Do you know how to budget your finances so you don’t go into debt?
- Can you think of more ways to increase your income?
- Do you have valuables you no longer use that you can sell?
- Are you sharing a portion of your income with others who need a helping hand up? Part of being financially responsible is giving to others who may not have all the opportunities we’ve had up to this point.
- Are you educated about how to invest your savings to maximize passive income?
- Do you eat fruits and vegetables every day?
- Do you drink enough water to stay hydrated and alert?
- Do you listen to your body when it seems to require more iron or sunlight?
- Do you incorporate healthy salads, vegetarian dishes, and creative recipes into your weekly meal plan? Eating healthy can be incredibly satisfying when you learn new ways of getting all your micro-nutrients. Get creative!
Remember, life is not all about being a good little consumer or a good little worker. Our souls require so much more than that for real and lasting happiness. A wonderful life takes courage, hard work, determination, and a vision. You will never spend your time more wisely than exploring what you want for your life and how you can go about achieving your goals.
Tara Panrucker, Copyright 2021
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