There’s nothing quite like having a feeling of well-being, whatever you may be doing and wherever you may be in life. But how do you achieve that? Of course, it’s unrealistic to think that you can walk around feeling happy go-lucky all the time if you’re not naturally that way inclined already. However, you can take the steps to feel better, and eventually, you might be able to only see the positive in the world! Here’s what you can do for well being in every area of your life:
Find Meaning And Purpose
Most people expect their ‘purpose’ to come along and smack them in the face. Until then, they decide to do things that they don’t really enjoy, and just hope that whatever it is comes along. Here’s a secret: you get to give your life meaning and purpose. You get to decide! The universe doesn’t decide for you. There’s no higher power out there just waiting for the right moment to give you purpose. Think of all of your talents, skills, and things you enjoy. It’s likely something to do with them. Simply follow your hunches, have fun and you’ll realise what it is soon enough.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t be functioning optimally throughout the day. You might even find that your hormones are messed up, and you want to eat less/more. Make sure you’re getting all the sleep you need to feel good. That being said, there’s such a thing as too much sleep too. The ideal range is usually between 7-9 hours, and you need less as you get older.
Eat A Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is so important for your emotional, physical, and mental well-being. It impacts all of them. Of course you can have treats, but you should make sure that you’re not tipping the balance too much, or you won’t feel too good.
Focus On Stress Management
Knowing how to manage stress is important. Sometimes you might not even realise that you’re stressed. However, if you have unexplained tummy pains, you’re more/less hungry, or you just feel all over the place, you could very well be stressed. Do what you can to eliminate stress and make your life more enjoyable.
Staying active is important. Humans weren’t meant to sit around doing nothing! Walk as much as you can, and try to fit more exercise into your everyday life. Try to fit a couple of workouts that you really enjoy in each week too. It’ll make all the difference to the way you feel, and even the way you look.
Connect Face To Face With People
Call someone right now and arrange a catch up with them. It’s all too easy to spend time alone and convince yourself that you’re too busy to catch up with the people you love. But you shouldn’t take them for granted. Make sure you still make an effort, even if it’s just a 15 minute coffee catch up.
Deal With Your Emotions
Some people don’t like dealing with their emotions and decide to do things to shut them up instead, such as eating, drinking, and taking drugs. Instead, process and deal with your emotions appropriately. There’s a difference between dealing with them and dwelling on them. Sometimes, a good cry can be good for your health and put you in a better mood afterwards. If you struggle to deal with your emotions, it could be time to speak to somebody who knows about this kind of thing. You might want to do a test, like a bipolar test, and chat with a professional about your concerns.
Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
Aim to step outside of your comfort zone as often as possible, even if it’s just a little bit each day. Life starts outside of your comfort zone. Nothing good ever happens inside of it. Once you’re comfortable, you stop growing. We should all aim to continue growing, however old we are!
Work On Living In The Moment
Some people worry about the past. Others stress about the future. Don’t be one of those people. You can’t change the past, and the future hasn’t even happened yet. All we have, all any of us have, is this very moment. Be more present in the moment and you’ll live a happier, less stressful life. This can take practice, but sometimes all you need to do is breathe deeply and focus on where you are. Notice your environment, and use all of your senses.
Do things that make you laugh, and spend time with people that make you laugh. Watch a funny film. Have fun with life. Don’t take yourself or life too seriously. You’ll only regret it later on if you do!
The most successful people in the world know that practicing gratitude is crucial for a happy, fulfilled life. Think of at least 3 new things you’re grateful for in the morning, and do it before bed too, if you can. These things can be absolutely anything, from your favorite perfume to the fact you have a roof over your head. You have so many things that others don’t. Make sure you appreciate them!
Spend Time With Positive People
Studies show that we become like the people we spend the most time with. Would you be happy with that at the moment? If not, it could be time to reassess what you’re doing with your life. The more time you spend with positive, focused, happy people, the more you’ll feel the same way. If there’s a toxic person in your life, consider cutting them out for your own well-being.
Replace Negative Thoughts
Practice with replacing intrusive, negative thoughts with positive thoughts. It’s important to know that you are not your thoughts. You don’t have to respond to every thought you have. If you have a thought about a scenario you’d hate to happen, simply say to yourself ‘cancel’ and think of something else. Or, you could reach for a thought that gives you relief on the subject. There’s absolutely no point in worrying about these thoughts. Ask yourself, how many of your dreaded predictions have come true? It’s likely that not many have.
Start doing these things and you should feel a much better sense of well being!