When you hear the word “wellness”, what do you think of? Probably a healthy and well mind, body, and spirit.
But what about the circumstances and situations of your life? How do you bring wellness into play in your decisions around lifestyle, finances, home, travel, work, and play?
How do we develop an attitude of wellness in our lives? And then what are the ways we implement?
Study and Experiment
What are you curious about?
In every season, learn, learn, learn! Inquiry. Questions. Curiosity. Whether you pay attention to the tiniest ants to watch their progress or you devour endless tutorials on YouTube on a subject, self-education is probably the greatest key to a life of great well-being.
But the trick isn’t just to consume information. It is to experiment with what you read, hear, and experience to find out what is true for your life.
For instance, someone who wants to retire early will look at all kinds of information from living cheaply to investments. If you have 10 people who want to achieve this same end, there are thousands of ways to accomplish it. So, you try on a budget and a no-buying month. You look into index funds and real estate. Travel-hacking might interest some, while others want to live below the taxation line and live in a camper van. All of these can lead to happy, healthy, abundant living. You learn and you contemplate and you experiment.
The same goes for if you want to own a business. You discover what works for you and your situation by reading, having conversations, listening deeply, and trying new things. Discover the similarities and differences to your approach as a solopreneur versus a company with employees through educating yourself and experimenting.
Mindfulness and paying attention to the many facets of life in each moment is another way.
What’s in a moment? Everything, It’s all we have. By learning to roll with the punches, ride the waves of change, and be with things as they are in any moment, you will develop a great sense of well-being. If we start with something as simple as being present instead of daydreaming, we are left with the option a. be okay with the way things are or option b. take steps to create a change. Of course, Option C is to be okay with things as they are while taking steps to create a different experience.
Following our intuition versus our instinct and ego is a skill that arises out of mindfulness. Intuition draws on our deepest sense of well-being. Our highest self wants to grow, expand, shake off the dust of the past and be fully in the present moment. It wants to be open and spacious, like fresh air.
So, picking up on simple mind-training tools like meditation, deep-flow work, and cultivating presence lead to wellness.
Resilience is a key factor in wellness.
How do you make yourself more resilient to the continual changes in life? Life is a constant flux of change. Your stress level, as well as your overall health and happiness, depends on how you bob and sway with the changes.
So, how to get comfortable with constant change? It can be as simple as getting to know your mind better through meditation. Watching the silly monkey mind we all have to varying degrees allows you to see your thoughts have a life of their own – but they don’t have to own you. You can observe them and let them pass by like a ship in the river.
Resilience in times of financial strain can be developed by making small efforts over and over. You can shift your mindset around your financial situation, shift your efforts to develop more skills and abilities and then flex those often, and shift your energy by doing something that nourishes you. By taking the time to do something enjoyable, you learn your happiness is not dependent on your situation. And that change in awareness gives you immense power to rebound from what is taxing you.
Flexibility and adaptability
Just like physical muscles need to be stretched to stay limber, so do our mental and emotional muscles.
Try out new ways, tools, exercises to s-t-r-e-t-c-h what feels comfortable. Shop in a different grocery store in a different part of town. Check out a book from the library or watch videos to learn a new skill or hobby.
When you start something new, be gentle with yourself. Don’t expect greatness or perfection. Just play and have fun. That is almost always the quickest way to getting limber – by adding an element of enjoyment to it. When you first pick up a paintbrush or design your first spreadsheet to calculate your early retirement, there is a learning curve. Be gentle with yourself and soon you will find your life experiences and your ability to maneuver in new situations expanding.
Don’t forget all the goodness in your life currently and in the past. Retrain your brain to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, as the song goes! How to do that? Acknowledge the big and small experiences that fill your life.
I hope this encourages you. Shifts and changes lead to waves of wellness in our lives. I wish you well on your great adventure!