Living in such a time of distraction, noise, and rush, we’re frequently juggling so many balls. Often one of the first balls to be dropped is our personal well-being.When we neglect to consciously tend to our own well-being and forget to take time to feel grounded, contented, and taken care of, we’re open to overwhelm, stress, and anxiety creeping into our lives.
Allowing ourselves time to download the overwhelm, to remove the brain fog, and to create clarity helps to relieve the pressure on our minds. Whether it’s through a conversation with a trusted loved one or a trained professional, or writing down thoughts in a journal, the act of ‘downloading’ reduces noise and encourages calm.
Mindfulness has become a popular practice because it offers us space to connect with our breath, calm down
our parasympathetic nerves, and signal to our body that there’s no need to be
in a state of stress, which produces cortisol and adrenaline that may lead
to shallow breathing.
Mindfulness means allowing ourselves the time to be still, observe our thoughts, and welcome calmness and clarity.
Physical well-being is as much about movement as it is about fuelling ourselves with nutritious, wholesome foods. Do what works for you, and find an exercise that makes you feel good: whether it’s yoga, running, swimming, dance or another activity. Set realistic targets and create habits and routines that fit in with your lifestyle.
Soul is a very personal component of well-being, and it’s often about allowing ourselves to feel connected at a deeper level. Creativity, play, and doing things we really love moves us into a ‘flow’ state. It’s that sweet spot, where we’re so engrossed in an activity that time flies by. Tend to your soul’s desires, whatever that means to you, and listen to those calls to connect with the things you love.
Well-being is an all-encompassing subject but aligning with our unique needs and desires as an individual is a great place to start. The ingredients differ for each of us, but the common goal is creating a sense of calm, contentment and connection to
our being. It’s about filling our cups
Set a timer for ten minutes, download your thoughts and let your subconscious speak through writing. Putting pen to paper can
be cathartic, and it offers an opportunity to improve your
mood by releasing, processing
and regulating your emotions.
Writing helps us gain clarity
and clear brain clutter.
Ground yourself in nature; slip
off your shoes, feel the earth beneath your feet, and spend
some time being present and mindfully observing your surroundings. Research shows green spaces provide multiple health benefits, including boosting our immune systems, reducing stress levels, improving our mental health, lowering blood pressure and helping to increase our productivity.
Make time to be still, connect back with your breath, and simply be. There are multiple apps that can assist with making meditation a regular practice, including Calm and Insight Timer. Meditation can enhance our self-awareness, reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality and increase focus and positivity.
Find what works for you — pop on a favourite song and dance, explore a favourite outdoors spot, walk, find a yoga workout via YouTube, join a local fitness group, or meet up with a friend to exercise with and offer support with personal health goals.
Explore those things that bring you happiness, whether it’s making music, creativity through craft, art, painting, writing, learning something new or perhaps discovering new places. Take the time to pursue those things you love, that spark joy, and light you up.
When looking after your well-being, one size does not fit all, so go on your own journey and discover what it means to you.