Simplifying Your Way to Total Well-Being and Increased Chi
In a nutshell, well-being is all about feeling well in all areas of your life. It's experiencing health, happiness, and prosperity physically, mentally, and socially. Sometimes, when we take a look at our well-being, we start complicating everything. So many goals, so many strategies, so many to-dos in order to achieve strong well-being.
Well, we’re here to tell you it can be simple—even amidst chaos. You can grow and maintain your well-being through small and simple means that can make all the difference.
What is well-being for you?
There are five areas of well-being: emotional, physical, social, workplace, and societal well-being. To build or grow your overall well-being, you want to have each of these areas functioning and, hopefully, thriving. Here are the “ideals” for each area:
- Emotional well-being. You can handle stressful situations, are resilient, and can “generate emotions that lead to good feelings.”
- Physical well-being. You are in control of your diet and eating habits and you exercise regularly and safely.
- Social well-being. You can communicate your needs, develop and grow your relationships, and you maintain a support network when things go wrong.
Workplace well-being. You can pursue your interests and goals at work to gain meaning and happiness, as well as enriching your professional life.
- Societal well-being. You can participate in your community, neighborhood, culture, and environment without undue stress or fatigue.
Well-being made simple with focus on balance, intention, and progress.
Well-being is all about balance, intention, and progress. If you can keep those three things in mind, then simplifying your way to well-being will come naturally to you.
Here’s what we mean:
- Balance. Take a look at the five areas of well being (emotional, physical, social, workplace, and societal) and make small goals in each. Keeping up with your physical health will improve your emotional health just as attending to your social needs can impact your physical health.
- Intention. Intention is a word thrown around a lot in association with health and well-being, and what does it even mean? Well, it means making choices on purpose. When you consciously choose to stay home and take care of your mental health on a weekend or you purposefully choose to get up half an hour earlier each day to do yoga, then you’re practicing intentional well-being.
- Progress. If you make even just a little bit of progress, celebrate it! Perhaps you actually made it to the gym three times a week for three weeks in a row. Congratulate yourself! If you handled a stressful situation at work with grace and intentional boundaries better than ever before, it’s progress.
We recommend writing everything down. Write down your goals to help you maintain balance. Write down what you will do in any difficult situation so you can be conscious about your decisions. And MOST IMPORTANTLY, write down when you have a victory. You can look back on a hard day and see just how much progress you have made and realize you are doing so many good things.
Five simple habits for good well-being.
If you wrote goals for each area of well-being, that’s great! You can definitely focus on each area just a little bit and make a lot of progress. We’d like to suggest five simple habits that can have a big impact on all five areas of wellbeing.
- Move. Exercise makes ALL the difference. Moving and exercising literally makes you happier. It can make a big impact in all five areas of well-being. Here are three ways you can achieve this going:
- Go for a 20 minute walk every day
- Always take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Bike to work or take public transportation (you have to walk in between the bus and office!)
- Diet. Take control over what goes into your body. Choose simple ingredients and eat more veggies. Your body will thank you. Try one of these three things:
- Plan your means for the week around vegetables
- Look at the menu online before going to a restaurant, and make a healthy choice before you arrive
- Keep fruit and veggies handy and already prepared for snacking
- Sleep. Make sleep a priority. Getting adequate sleep affects not only your physical health, but also your mood and your ability to connect with others. If you’re struggling to get a good eight hours every night, try one or two of these tips:
- Set an alarm for bedtime. No matter what show you’re watching or what part of the book you’re in, turn it off. Put it away, and go to bed.
- Create a calming bedtime routine. Baths, essential oils, a chapter of a book, make it relaxing and prepare your body for sleep.
- Make your sleep environment peaceful and dark.
- Bonds and Relationships. Take time for your good relationships and create boundaries for the harmful ones. If you struggle to make friends, create opportunities to meet new people. Try one of these things:
- Set a regular lunch date with a friend.
- Take a class at your local recreation center or YMCA.
- Set boundaries for phone use at home. Make sure you are making real connections with your family.
- Getting Outside. There are so many reasons to get outside, and every one will impact your well-being. Fresh air and nature do so much good for our souls, and when you’re outside you’re usually doing some form of exercise. Bonus! Here are three ways you can spend more time outside:
- Go for a walk outside on your lunch break.
- Drink your morning coffee or eat breakfast outside. If it’s cold — bundle up! Cold does good things, too.
- Start a garden, even a small one, this spring.
Improving your well-being doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t mean an overhaul of your entire life. It can mean simple steps towards achieving the happiness and health that you want.
When we're forced to slow down and take stock of our health, a focus on these basics should be a launching point. Get the most out of your life by simplifying it and improving your well-being. Make time each day for these things—in uncertain times, your health and well-being is one of your most important assets.