Wellness is the compete 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

 

Well-being is a measure of your state of happiness, level of comfort, sense of self-determination and belief in your ability to confidently meet the challenges of life. When it is present in your life, you feel safe, strong and resilient.

Much of life is spent in pursuit of well-being or in coping with the effects of its absence. While it can mean different things to different people, a reliable way to assess it is to look at the level of health we experience in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. If you have a reasonable quantity of health in these areas, chances are, you will experience balance and well-being in your life.

 

What Determines Well-Being?

 Traditionally, prosperity and wealth have been used the yardstick for measuring well-being but studies have proven that, while these aspects are a piece of the puzzle, other factors are more significant in influencing its presence in life. Some important life circumstances that contribute to happiness and positivity include:

  • being in a loving, intimate relationship with a partner,
  • having a group of reliable and supportive friends and community
  • being engaged in work that is fulfilling
  • feeling financially secure
  • taking care of yourself with a healthy diet, sufficient sleep and regular exercise,
  • living in a culture that freely promotes a healthy, optimistic mindset,
  • pursuing a life purpose with meaningful goals that enhance self-esteem,

 

10 Tips for Achieving Well-Being – Rate Yourself

The first step to evolving toward a state of well-being in life is to understand where you are on that path today. Below are a number of steps that can help. You can also rate how you measure up today. On a scale of 1 – 10, (10 being full participation, 0 being no participation) for each item, decide what level of well-being you feel you have in your life right now:

  • Do your personal work – let go of stress, old stories using Breathwork, meditation, or other wellness practices.
  • Challenge and stretch your personal limits by embracing adventure.
  • Volunteer to help and support others.
  • Embrace and nurture strong family ties and close friendships.
  • Make time for fun, play and entertainment.
  • On a day off, fully disconnect from work – no emails or work related activities. Spend time outdoors or at a favourite place.
  • Work in a career or job that feels nurturing and fulfilling.
  • Eat well and commit to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • Set reasonable goals and focus on accomplishing them each day.
  • Be grateful and look for the positive in daily experiences.

As you review areas where your score is low, consider how you might take steps to improve and change your behaviours.

The Three ‘C’s of Well-Being –
  • Choice –make conscious choices for well-being
  • Commitment – find ways to make well-being a priority
  • Consistencyset up daily practices, reminders for well-being

 

Walking the Talk

 Pursuing health has been a personal prime focus of my life because it is vital to my sense of well-being. I dedicate a great deal of energy to searching for that perfect balance in my body, mind and spirit so that I can function optimally in the world.

I am passionate about keeping up with the latest research on wellness techniques and I enjoy meeting people who work in the alternative health field and who are devoted to helping create longevity, well-being and ease for others. I love to engage with the ’15 years in the future’ kind of people who are innovative thinkers and explorers.

 

Your well-being is very much connected to the quality of your life and one of the most important aspects of that quality resides in your thinking and your beliefs about what is possible, how you see your present circumstances and what you want from your life. It is well worth taking the time to focus on how your health contributes to your well-being.

Healhy LifeHe who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. ~Thomas Carlyle

 

In the next series of posts, we will explore what it means to have physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being by looking at what it means to experience health in each of those areas. Stay tuned!

 

What is your one word to describe what Well-Being means to you?

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