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If there’s one thing in this life that we can control, it’s ourselves. We are given one life and one body and it’s up to us to take good care of it. The sooner we get started on that, the better. But in my opinion, it’s never too late. Wellbeing is multi-faceted, there are various aspects that contribute to our overall wellbeing and I’m not going to touch on all of them. But these include physical, financial, emotional, social and psychological to name a few. If you want overall health, then you need to take care of yourself both inside and out.
How to Take Charge of Wellbeing
Here’s how I take charge of my wellbeing and what you can do too
You don’t have to be a gym lover or fitness fanatic to take good care of your body physically. You can start by not being a couch potato. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and do it regularly. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be exercise-related, it just has to get you off your butt. Just do something. Here are a few suggestions: walking or jogging, gardening, playing with your kids or taking dance classes.
Finding a physical activity that you enjoy doesn’t need to feel like a chore. If you don’t like doing things alone then you can join local fitness or sports clubs. Exercise has been a part of my life for most of it. I remember doing Jane Fonda exercise videos with my mom as a kid and it was such a great way for us to spend time together while being active at the same time. Even now as an adult I still do home workouts. (I do them alone mostly) but my point is that exercising is something that was instilled in me as a kid and I’m still prioritizing it now as an adult.
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Pray Or Meditate.
I think it’s important to feed your soul whether you’re religious or not. This can be done through prayer and mediation. Personally, I pray… I have tried to get into meditation as well but I have yet to master that one.
I love reading, it opens up your mind. I used to only read fiction books but I’ve started reading more psychological books that make me think. They’ve opened up my mind and taught me more about life and how the world works. Reading is a great way to educate yourself and it’s just so much fun. You don’t even have to read serious books if that’s not what you’re into. I used to think that such books were boring but once I gave them a chance, I actually started enjoying them. I am currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. I’m thoroughly enjoying it, who knows, maybe I’ll write a book of my own once I’m done with it.
Diving into a juicy novel can be a great way to escape from reality for a little while if you need a break. It’s great how a good book can transport you to a different world and you become part of the story. Reading is a great way to feed your mind with knowledge and information and it can also boost creativity.
Have a Good Laugh.
It’s no lie when they say that “laughter is the best medicine”. Having a good laugh can help you relieve stress and forget about your problems for a while. When I’m feeling down, I call my sister because I know that I’m guaranteed to laugh the blues away. Life can get a bit too real and laughter is a good way to release negative energy and recharge your batteries.
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Self care means different things to different people. You don’t have to be productive and busy 24/7, it’s good to have a little downtime. Watch your favourite movies, take a long bubble bath, hang out with friends or sleep. If you feel like you don’t want to do anything then that’s okay too. Sometimes we need to recharge and get away from everything.
Most of us have hectic lives and play multiple roles. We are sisters, mothers, employees, etc. and try to give 100% in all of them. So, it’s okay to need a breather. It’s okay to take time away, even if you give yourself a small portion of your day just to do you. It’s not selfish. You can’t take care of everyone and everything else if you don’t take care of yourself. For me, self-care also means saying “no” to things I don’t like or want to do and choosing who I want to spend my time with.
Seek Professional Help.
If your mind isn’t right then nothing else will be; that’s just how I see it. I’d just like to mention that seeing a professional is also part of taking care of your wellbeing. I don’t know why there’s still a stigma attached to it in 2020, especially in some minority communities.
Anxiety and depression are real. I know from personal experience that people have this misconception of what depression is and what it should look like or that being depressed means that you’re damaged in some way. From personal experience what I can tell you is that sometimes in life we deal with things that we don’t know how to handle or deal with on our own and we need a little help. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with going to get it, even from a professional. They are better equipped to help you deal with trauma than your relatives or friends and a bonus is that there’s no judgement. Taking charge of your wellbeing is an important step to living a more happy and fulfilling life.
Always remember, healthy body – healthy mind!
How do you take charge of your wellbeing? What are your top tips? Let us know in the comments below!