100 wellness tips & rituals

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Photo credit: Atlas Green via Unsplash

Wellness is a life-long process of conscious and considered choices leading to a higher quality of life. And realising your full potential. 

There was a time I thought wellness meant consuming mounds of kale, counting calories and squeezing into a Lorna Jayne pair of lycra tights.

That's what the latest fitspiration ambassadors and advertisements tell me.  

Because everywhere I look I see people obsessing over the way they look. They search for the best celebrity diets and workouts to replace belly fat with rock hard abs. As if this were the most honourable goal a human could ever achieve in their lifetime. 

They have passionate debates over the benefits of cutting out carbs, weight training and oil pulling. 

... If only they would debate the purpose of their lives with such gusto.

So, what is wellness?

Here are three simple definitions I really like: 

"Wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximising an individual’s potential. This is a life-long process of moving towards enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being." McKinley Health Center 

"Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit - the realisation that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being." Greg Andersen

"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." The World Health Organisation.

In short, wellness matters. 

How are you currently fulfiling your emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, financial and career wellness? Are you in need of a tune-up? What are one or two things you could incorporate into your day that would have a positive impact on the quality of your life - now, tomorrow and in your future? 

Here's a little nudge and inspiration to get you moving ... 

100 Wellness Tips & Rituals 

  1. Explore and seek to understand your inner self
  2. Wake up early and watch the sunrise 
  3. Do what makes you happy first thing
  4. Put yourself higher on your to-do list
  5. Put family higher on your to-do list
  6. Establish a morning & bedtime routine
  7. Engage in an energising afternoon activity
  8. Keep a daily journal
  9. End each day with a spirit of gratitude
  10. Challenge yourself to take a risk each day
  11. Reflect on your career goals and needs and set realistic goals to work towards 
  12. Surround yourself with uplifting scents and sounds
  13. Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
  14. Talk to yourself like you would a best friend
  15. Remove all digital devices from the bedroom
  16. Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  17. Remove self imposed boundaries and obstacles
  18. Develop short-term and long-term lifetime goals
  19. Know and live by your personal values
  20. Have a vision and mission for your life
  21. Say no to low-value demands on your time
  22. Spend time meditating or practicing mindful relaxation
  23. Buy yourself flowers
  24. Keep your heart and mind open
  25. Get a massage
  26. Feed your curiosities 
  27. Keep organised records of your finances
  28. Plan ahead and set budget goals
  29. Pick up a new hobby
  30. Go greener
  31. Recycle
  32. Practice ethical consumer consumption   
  33. Ditch disempowering language
  34. Ditch the diet and be sensible most of the time
  35. Live within your means
  36. Make peace with you are or what you’ve done and let it be done
  37. Slow down and embrace the now
  38. Have more fun
  39. Help others even if there is nothing in it for you
  40. Buy someone a gift for no reason
  41. Get regular health checks and learn to recognise warning signs when your body feels unwell
  42. Nurture and express your creativity by exploring different avenues of self expression
  43. Practice single-tasking 
  44. Write a heart felt thank you note to someone and send it
  45. Write down 50 dreams and stick them up where you'll see them everyday
  46. Limit your social media consumption to 30 minutes a day
  47. Turn off all notifications on your devices
  48. Drop 'if only'
  49. Read for 30 minutes a day
  50. Stay away from office politics
  51. Grab your friends, hire a car and drive north 
  52. Prepare your meal with love and appreciation 
  53. Plant something and help it grow
  54. Plan your meals and reduce wastage
  55. Eat less processed and more raw, whole foods
  56. Take water breaks (get up from your desk, stretch, drink a glass of water)
  57. Enjoy a glass of your favourite wine
  58. Celebrate your achievements big and small
  59. Book a holiday, a mini break or full blown adventure
  60. Declutter your home and work space
  61. Beautify your living space
  62. Go to a cultural event once a month
  63. Let go and forgive
  64. Find your own way to reset
  65. Pick up the phone and call a friend
  66. Donate blood
  67. Improve the quality of your sleep
  68. Take more naps
  69. Love unconditionally
  70. Say I love you more
  71. Acknowledge and accept your emotions
  72. Adopt or foster a pet
  73. Find a workout buddy
  74. Practice what you preach
  75. Discover and download new music
  76. Unplug regularly
  77. Love your body
  78. Hug it out
  79. Drop the guilt
  80. Have more sex
  81. Practice visualising what you want
  82. Take care in your appearance
  83. Seek support when you need it
  84. Have walking or standing meetings
  85. Wear sunscreen
  86. Volunteer your time and talents
  87. Create one money-free day every week
  88. Engage in physical activity everyday for 30 minutes
  89. Do nothing for a certain period of time
  90. Plan 60% of your day every day
  91. Live today as if it were your last 
  92. Take responsibility for everything you do
  93. Finish what you start
  94. Look at the positives and zap the negatives
  95. Wear more of your favourite colour
  96. Leave work at work
  97. Drop the need to always be right
  98. Practice active listening with the intent to understand
  99. Make an effort to keep in touch with friends and family
  100. Accept help and support from others when you need it

Wellness is a life-long commitment, not some quick fix remedy.

Stay open to trying new things because what works for one person doesn't mean it will work for everyone else. If you don't enjoy eating kale, doing a spin class, meditating or reading, find other ways to improve your eating, do some exercise, relax and learn. You always have options. 

To create lasting habits, focus on one thing at a time. 

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