100 wellness tips & rituals
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
- Explore and seek to understand your inner self
- Wake up early and watch the sunrise
- Do what makes you happy first thing
- Put yourself higher on your to-do list
- Put family higher on your to-do list
- Establish a morning & bedtime routine
- Engage in an energising afternoon activity
- Keep a daily journal
- End each day with a spirit of gratitude
- Challenge yourself to take a risk each day
- Reflect on your career goals and needs and set realistic goals to work towards
- Surround yourself with uplifting scents and sounds
- Stand and take a break from your computer every 30 minutes
- Talk to yourself like you would a best friend
- Remove all digital devices from the bedroom
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- Remove self imposed boundaries and obstacles
- Develop short-term and long-term lifetime goals
- Know and live by your personal values
- Have a vision and mission for your life
- Say no to low-value demands on your time
- Spend time meditating or practicing mindful relaxation
- Buy yourself flowers
- Keep your heart and mind open
- Get a massage
- Feed your curiosities
- Keep organised records of your finances
- Plan ahead and set budget goals
- Pick up a new hobby
- Go greener
- Practice ethical consumer consumption
- Ditch disempowering language
- Ditch the diet and be sensible most of the time
- Live within your means
- Make peace with you are or what you’ve done and let it be done
- Slow down and embrace the now
- Have more fun
- Help others even if there is nothing in it for you
- Buy someone a gift for no reason
- Get regular health checks and learn to recognise warning signs when your body feels unwell
- Nurture and express your creativity by exploring different avenues of self expression
- Practice single-tasking
- Write a heart felt thank you note to someone and send it
- Write down 50 dreams and stick them up where you'll see them everyday
- Limit your social media consumption to 30 minutes a day
- Turn off all notifications on your devices
- Drop 'if only'
- Read for 30 minutes a day
- Stay away from office politics
- Grab your friends, hire a car and drive north
- Prepare your meal with love and appreciation
- Plant something and help it grow
- Plan your meals and reduce wastage
- Eat less processed and more raw, whole foods
- Take water breaks (get up from your desk, stretch, drink a glass of water)
- Enjoy a glass of your favourite wine
- Celebrate your achievements big and small
- Book a holiday, a mini break or full blown adventure
- Declutter your home and work space
- Beautify your living space
- Go to a cultural event once a month
- Let go and forgive
- Find your own way to reset
- Pick up the phone and call a friend
- Donate blood
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Take more naps
- Love unconditionally
- Say I love you more
- Acknowledge and accept your emotions
- Adopt or foster a pet
- Find a workout buddy
- Practice what you preach
- Discover and download new music
- Unplug regularly
- Love your body
- Hug it out
- Drop the guilt
- Have more sex
- Practice visualising what you want
- Take care in your appearance
- Seek support when you need it
- Have walking or standing meetings
- Wear sunscreen
- Volunteer your time and talents
- Create one money-free day every week
- Engage in physical activity everyday for 30 minutes
- Do nothing for a certain period of time
- Plan 60% of your day every day
- Live today as if it were your last
- Take responsibility for everything you do
- Finish what you start
- Look at the positives and zap the negatives
- Wear more of your favourite colour
- Leave work at work
- Drop the need to always be right
- Practice active listening with the intent to understand
- Make an effort to keep in touch with friends and family
- 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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