For the past few weeks, life has been a little rough, I’m talking half balancing work half ordering takeout while in sweatpants and on a Netflix bender. I mean on the plus side I have a ton of movie recommendations but on the downside, I’ve gotten into this vicious cycle of working all day, watching movies during the night, and sleeping maybe? So while I’ve been trying to balance both aspects of well… life, I thought I’d share some of the steps I’ve been taking to feel like my best self again.
DO THE THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO DO
A big reason why we feel stuck is that we’re doing the things we want to do instead of doing things we don’t want to do. Let me explain. If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time already this summer binging Netflix. But you haven’t created a plan for your blog (guilty), collected a list of people you want to network with, or made a to-do list for personal items in your life.
*looks at myself and cringes*
Ultimately, the things that make us uncomfortable are going to help us grow. It may be easy to stick with what you know but going out on a limb and tackling items that are out of our comfort zone is going to be more beneficial for you in the long run.
ORGANIZING AND CLEANING
I love organizing and cleaning! No seriously, I feel my best self when I can get my Marie Kono on and see the immediate results of tackling a task that not only needs to be done but makes the space look and feel better in the process. There’s nothing like a lets-get-focused clean and if you have the time, there’s nothing like a deep clean.
Whether it be physically or digitally, getting clear on what you want in and out of your life –through cleaning– is a provider of true clarity. What kind of clarity? The kind where your mind and physical space will thank you!
FIND AN ANCHOR
If you’ve ever watched an episode of that TV show Teen Wolf, you’ll remember that the characters all have anchors a.k.a things that keep werewolves and shapeshifters from losing their humanity. Well, while we don’t have to be as melodramatic as a fictional TV show, we can still embrace a solid takeaway which is to find one thing that can change the trajectory of your day, week, or month.
If you’re extraverted, a quick chat with a cashier, grocery packer, etc., can really light up both your days. If you’re introverted, spending some “me” time with yourself, if for no other reason than to recharge your batteries, can bring unexpected peace. If you’re a person of faith, committing to reading not only your bible but also including different uplifting spiritual works as well as prayer, can be your anchor that fuels you.
For me, I’m actually still looking for the proverbial brick to smack me on the head with my anchor but I’m pretty sure self-care might be it. I’m in one of my happy places when I carve out that type of care and it gives me just the reset I need for a more balanced life
ADDRESS AN ASPECT OF WELLNESS
When you think about wellness, what aspects do you think they include? If you one thought…one, maybe two… you’re not wrong but you might be just a hair off. There are actually 8 dimensions or aspects of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual.
Each dimension is interconnected or equally vital to one’s pursuit of their very best optimum health and it’s suggested that we all try to do one simple thing every day to support each one of the 8 dimensions. Maybe for the physical, you’ll do a quick 30 min workout. For the environmental, you can spend time in nature by doing things like taking a small hike or even doing something as simple, yet equally gratifying, as taking a slow and “present” walk in a local park. For the social, grab a colored pen and some fun stationery or card stock and send a note to a friend with a self-addressed envelope or get digital and host an interactive zoom party.
Get as creative or low-key as you’d like, but the point is to travel those dimensions like you’re Elon Musk on a mission. For more tips and info, check out: 8 Dimensions of Wellness: Our wellness begins by looking at where it isn’t
Want more posts on wellness? Check out some of my wellness-inspired posts:
- Journaling for the Soul: Journey App Review
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- 7 Ways to Boss Your Morning Routine
- 3 Ways to Include more Self-Love in Your Routine