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The holiday season just ended, and as usual, we threw many of our good habits out the window. It wasn’t just the diet that got dropped, we skipped our exercise, we drank more alcohol, and by the time the new year started, we needed an overhaul. Our wellbeings took a hit!
Since it’s now the new year, it’s the ideal time to commit to your wellbeing and to hit the restart button. Since you have already spent some time considering improvements in your business (posts on evaluation post 1, post 2, and post 3), let’s take a look at five ways you can renew your commitment to your wellbeing in 2019. We’re going back to basics.
1. Take a Moment
Both your mind and body need rest. We are so connected today that even when we rest our body, our mind keeps running. Even if you take a weekend off from technology or you disconnect for a few hours, there are more ways you can commit to your wellbeing. Meditation is a great way to reduce your blood pressure, relieve stress, and improve your focus.
2. Hold No Grudges — Forgive
You cannot underestimate how powerful forgiveness is. The holiday season can bring up a lot of frustrations and feelings as we sit down to eat with family members that we don’t see eye to eye with. As though the stress of shopping and cooking wasn’t enough, there’s the politics of avoiding politics at the dinner table. Let go of that grudge and when necessary, ask for forgiveness or give it!
3. Use Your Community
Humans are social beings. We rely on a strong social network to get us through the most difficult times. It makes us less vulnerable to sickness, stress and improves resilience. Loneliness comes with a wide range of health problems so, there is a real danger when you cut yourself off from friends and family. Of course, you need to surround yourself with the right people. Don’t hang out with any old people – choose positive people. It doesn’t matter how busy you are at work, how much running around you do for the family, make time for friends. You need to socialize, it’s crucial to your wellbeing.
4. Give Back
Giving truly is good for the soul and your wellbeing. So, make sure you find a way to contribute to your community. It may be with your money, but it could be with your time. Whichever you have more of. One of the greatest benefits of giving yourself to others is the stress relief that it brings. Of course, it also boosts your self-esteem and makes you happier. There’s a lot of reasons helping does a body good. Why not check out your local community center to find out where you can be of help? It may be helping feed the homeless community, passing out goody bags to people who sleep
5. Consider How You Take Care of Yourself
This isn’t to suggest you should focus on death. What it means is that you should be mindful that life is short. When you consider that, does that change how you look after yourself? It should. The most common causes of death are tied to our lifestyle. So, by committing yourself to your wellbeing should help you reduce your risk factors for these lifestyle diseases. While you’re at it – throw yourself into life because there’s no guarantee of tomorrow. So, love, laugh, and truly live your life. You can do that while still looking after your health and wellbeing.
There are so many different aspects of life and choices that you make that contribute to your wellbeing. You don’t have to wait for the new year to renew your commitment, but it’s a great place to start.
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