Make a commitment to yourself, to your self-care, to your well-being, to your life.
― Akiroq Brost
How do you find time in your busy life for your own wellbeing?
Let’s face it, your work and life schedules don’t have enough hours for one more “to do.” With so much going on, acquiescence becomes our silent unwanted partner who quietly settles within, placing a stronghold on moving the dial forward regarding your desire for a lifestyle approach to well-being.
While busyness, lack of time, and life overwhelm are more often the norm, settling for less than you deserve does not need to be your norm. There’s good news! You do have the right and ability to take ownership of what defines a life of wellbeing to you even with a busy life.
There truly isn’t a one-size-works-best approach regarding the best way to be well. What defines a sense of well-being for one person may look and feel completely different for another based on preferences and life season.
Well-being is a unique combination of things including but not limited to the physical, emotional, social, and economic, all wrapped up in positive potential for self-ownership.
A good place to start your well-being journey is by asking yourself a question.
Something like, “What is one thing I can do for myself and my well-being today that is likely and realistic?” Find a quiet place to ask and reflect and really listen to what comes up. Use self-compassion as you wait for your answer.
Here are five well-being tips to inspire and guide busy women:
- Spend Time Daily in Silence
While this seems counterintuitive it is actually a potent antidote to countering a busy life. Find a time that will truly work for you whether early morning, midday, or at the end of your day. Being still and quiet gives your brain and body a chance to rest, reset, and de-stress. Using intentional daily silence can ward off stress-related health issues while offering clarity and possible solutions. How much time in silence? As little as five quiet minutes can have a lasting impact. Mediation is another form of silence that can be combined with your breathing or using a guided recording from one of many wonderful smartphone apps!
- Add “Do Nothing” to Your Schedule at Least Once per Week
Downtime like silence is crucial for well-being both physically and emotionally. You are not “being lazy” when you do nothing. In fact, you are opening the door for a time to think and create which gives you the ability to find solutions and see things more clearly. If you are an active doer reframe your mindset to see unscheduled time as productive rebuilding time for body and soul.
- Practice Weekly or Daily Gratitude
It is easy in our packed and media-exposed lifestyles to focus on all that isn’t going well in our cities, nation, and the world. This adds a layer of ever-present stress. Notice one or more good things and bring them to light by taking a moment in sincere appreciation. Nothing is too small for gratitude. Practicing gratitude is a small but impactful way to bring emotional well-being into your life.
- Schedule Annual Physical Exams
Yes, this includes gynecological. Get up-to-date with your doctor(s) and dentist. If you don’t know your numbers, lipid panel, blood sugar, blood pressure, thyroid levels, and the overall state of your health how can you be in charge of your well-being? Living in ignorance may give you a false sense that “it’s all good” or “what I don’t know won’t hurt me,” only to find out that had you made time for an exam more proactive and preventative measures could have taken place versus treating what may now become a serious issue.
- Find Your “Diet” Balance by Eating More Whole Foods
Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Don’t forget to limit processed, sugary, and fried foods. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water daily. Give yourself a margin so you enjoy vacation eating and eating out socially knowing that you are in control of getting back to your healthier plan. If you travel for work, make the best of what is available and look for healthier food choices on the menu or from catered meals without getting derailed and then giving up.
Your well-being is a lifestyle journey
Take your time as you create these healthier habits. Give yourself room to learn by trying different things. Knowing how to best show up on your behalf is effortless and no longer another “job to do.”
What is one thing you are going to do starting now for your well-being? Please share your ideas with us in the comments section below.
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*Originally published on September 8, 2018.
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