There is no better time than now for self-reflection, to gain clarity on your “why”, and to take an inventory on all aspects of your wellness.
When we take care of ourselves, we can show up the way we want to with our family, friends, work, and our life in general. Everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being and, in turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and our emotions.
Even though things may feel off right now, being given this gift of quarantine time allows us to take a moment to review each aspect of our wellness. Think about which aspect(s) could use some extra love and attention. When we are firing on all cylinders, we can feel our best, think our best, and treat others from our best.
Aspects of Wellness:
Occupational Wellness: This one is a little tricky at a time like this. Most of us usually spend 40+ hours per week at work. Take some time to reflect on your occupation. Are you satisfied with your current job? Do you feel you are still aligned with your profession and that it still gives you a sense of fulfillment? Does the company you work for align with your personal core values? If your current position is on hold or if you have been furloughed, has there ever been a “side gig” that has interested you, or that others have requested your help or service with? Perhaps now is the time to delve in.
Spiritual Wellness: Now is as great a time as ever to connect to something bigger. How do you stay grounded? Do you feel you have purpose and meaning in your life? Do you live in your truth and stay guided by your core values? Are you focused on the present? This is an opportune time to lean into meditation and breathing. Try looking up guided meditations on You Tube or apps like Breethe, Headspace, Insight Timer or find a quiet space and appreciate the silence.
Financial Wellness: Being quarantined is a good time to look at your expenses and how you spend (or save) your money. Make a list of what expenses are a necessity and what are essential. Are there subscriptions or memberships that you can live without? Are your current budget and expenses in line with your means? Knowledge is power – consider virtually meeting with a financial professional to guide you in creating a secure plan for your future.
Emotional Wellness: Are you in touch with your feelings and have effective coping skills in place for when you feel overwhelmed or stressed? Do you take action to change the aspects of your life that you are unsatisfied with? Do you say kind and compassionate things to yourself to promote a positive and optimistic life outlook? Do you reach out for help when you need it? Now is a great time to try aromatherapy, phone a friend, journal, take a hot bath, or read that self-help book you have been thinking about. These are some favorites that have genuinely changed my outlook:
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza
The Right Questions by Debbie Ford
Intellectual Wellness: Do you have an open mind so that when you encounter new ideas you can continue to expand your knowledge? Do you continue to deepen your knowledge both personally and professionally? Do you challenge yourself to learn new things? Do you focus on activities that best respond to your interests? Maybe now is the time to study a topic or learn a new language that has always interested you. I have been using the free site duolingo.com to polish up my French!
Physical Wellness: How is your overall health? Are you maintaining a healthy body and seeking medical care when you need it? Are you nourishing your body with healthy foods and keeping a balanced diet? Do you have healthy habits in place to ensure your vitality, well-being and longevity? Take a look at your current exercise, nutrition and sleep regimens. Does anything need adjusting? So many exercise apps are offering free trials or programs: Peloton (NO equipment needed,) Sweat, Tone it Up, Pop Sugar Fitness and more. Take advantage!
Social Wellness: We are a social species and were never meant to survive as an individual island in the middle of nowhere. Do you have a strong sense of connection to others? Do you enjoy healthy relationships that strengthen your sense of belonging and well-being? Do you have any toxic relationships you can eliminate from your life? Even though we may be in a period of social distancing, stay close with your social circle by scheduling virtual happy hour with your friends. Set up a Zoom call for a family get together. Set up a Family FaceTime date with your family friends. Staying connected to your loved ones is so important at a time like this.
Environmental Wellness: Is your home your sanctuary? Do you feel it is a relaxing and safe haven from the outside world? What would your personal spaces say if they could speak? Think about your bedroom, closets, pantry, office, desk, backyard, and car. If there was ever a time to clean out, declutter, and organize, this is the time you’ve been waiting for.
Embrace this opportunity to make the adjustments necessary in your life to ensure you are putting your wellness front and center.
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