Do you ever feel like sometimes you just can’t fit everything in?
Deadlines, work, family, friends, exercise, bills, shopping, cooking… It can be difficult to keep your head above water, let alone actually help yourself to thrive.
However the ability to thrive and achieve wellness, in whatever your particular circumstances are, can be the differentiating factor in your health, happiness, and life satisfaction. This idea of “wellness” is thrown around in the media liberally, without regard to research and theory. What does it really mean?
Wellness is a dynamic state that changes constantly depending upon what is happening in your life. This notion of wellness has been conceptualised in various wellness models as not simply the absence of disease, but instead as being contributed to by different but interdependent life dimensions that go beyond physical health. For example, dimensions including social connection, emotional health and occupational satisfaction.
This multi-dimensional view of wellness has also been represented as a spectrum, with premature death at one end, and “high-level wellness” at the other. So as life changes and throws you those inevitable curve balls, you will move along this spectrum in different directions. Keeping the different dimensions of your life in balance can be a challenging juggle, but there are choices you can make to help make that juggle easier.
Our five top tips to help yourself to thrive are:
(1) Nourish your body with real food. Remember that you literally are what you eat - your food provides the building blocks for your cells. Eat real food and avoid chemically laden, processed food. Real food can have wonderful, far-reaching ramifications in supporting your immune system, bone density, nervous systems, mental health, mood and the list goes on.
(2) Manage stress. This is a big one. Humans are still stuck in their prehistoric bodies and have not yet evolved to manage chronic stress. Many of us are in constant fight or flight mode, which creates a complex cascade of physiological responses that can lead to issues including cardiovascular disease, weight gain, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and an impaired immune response.
(3) Move your body. Find what works for you and feels right. This should be fun and energising, and should not feel like punishment.
(4) Nurture your sense of self. Actively exercise self-compassion, show kindness to others, and exercise gratitude. These tools have been proven to build your emotional resilience and wellbeing.
(5) Communicate and engage with those around you. Create connection with peers, friends and family.
The implications of this approach are far-reaching. Look after yourself, feel happier and more fulfilled, and watch as this feeling creates a ripple effect to those around you personally and professionally. Yes, life is busy, and absolutely everyone has their burdens. Our advice is to make the most of what you have, grasp your life with both hands, and live deliberately.
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** We wrote this article for the newsletter of our friends at Chiropractic Helps in Kew. We hope you enjoy reading it!