Positive living and wellbeing - Part 1
Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” However, it is important to realize that wellbeing is a much broader concept than moment-to-moment happiness.
While it does include happiness, it also includes other things, such as how satisfied people are with their life a whole, their sense of purpose, and how in control they feel.
Some tips for cultivating wellbeing:
No one ever really tells you what that looks like, or how to actually choose joy, because it's a lot easier said than done. When someone tells us to “choose joy” in the midst of tragedy we think of an impossible standard of fake-happiness. However, I think choosing joy is choosing to still see the goodness of God in the middle of the storm. Joy isn't a fleeting happiness, but rather, it is the deep-rooted anchor that keeps our heart from being pulled into the bitterness of life, because thankfulness is what keeps us afloat.
When we choose joy, we see that life is not about sacrifice and deprivation, it is about celebration. When we forgo grueling exercise regimes, unnecessarily hectic agendas and punishing diets, we may love our way to wellness. Wellbeing is not maintained by punishment or suffering, it is supported by unconditional self-love, passion and positive thinking.
We all have the power to learn and change for the better, growing our compassion, wisdom and gratitude through our personal life experiences. Each one of us can actively choose to think thoughts that uplift us, speak words that spread joy, and explore ideas that help us grow. We can choose joy when we do work we love, and do it lovingly. We can choose exercise we enjoy doing, relax in ways that revitalize us, and choose people in our lives whose love and support empower us. When we build our daily lives around choosing joy, we may truly experience radiant wellbeing.
Look after your mental health
Here are some things you can try that may help to look after your mental health on a daily basis. we are all different and what works for one of us may not work for another.
Sleep helps us to repair and restore our bodies and minds. we con not function properly without getting enough sleep. Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. lack of sleep affects our immune system and mental health.
Invest time in relationships
Connecting with people and investing in good relationships are important for your mental health. Get in touch with people who you trust or feel good around. Give them a call, send them a message or organize to catch-up with them. Spending time with family or friends, meeting new people and getting involved in activities can make a difference to how you feel. Get involved in community activities, kick the footy around, go for a bike ride etc.
Do something creative
Activities or hobbies can keep you distracted, have a positive impact on your sense of mental health and wellbeing and can help increase your confidence and self-esteem. This could be building something, playing an instrument, gardening, art, doing a puzzle, painting, cooking, writing etc.
I would describe wellbeing as the holistic experience of feeling energized, comfortable, connected and inspired. Our personal wellbeing is cultivated by all the unconditionally kind, wise and compassionate choices we make to nurture our health and happiness. These choices encompass our thoughts and our actions, our self-talk and our speech, the foods we eat, the ways we care for our bodies, and the support we provide for each other and ourselves.
Stay tuned for more of our wellbeing tips ...