Recipe: Wellness Pie of Life
1 cup of each
This doesn’t mean working your dream job, but rather gaining enjoyment and enrichment from your occupation. This may not necessarily be paid work, it may be raising children, or volunteer work; whatever it is, it is important to either enjoy it, or make a change.
- The majority of the week is spent working
- Gaining fulfilment from your job is a pretty big piece of the wellness pie
- Understanding how you feel
- Coping with life’s challenges is integral to wellness.
- Practicing mindfulness
- Being in tune with your emotions will allow you to respond to personal needs and reduce stress.
Not everyone has the same beliefs system but having one is important. Whether it be God, The Universe, Source, Spirit or anything that is bigger then oneself. Believing in something bigger then you will bring a sense of peace knowing you are not alone.
- Having a strong sense of purpose and meaning for life is enriching.
- Live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs
- Strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world.
- Being in harmony with your environment.
- Work, home and natural environments that are pleasant, mutually respected and stimulating, will help you thrive.
- Keep your surroundings clean and organised
- Enjoying time outside in nature will do wonders for your mental health
- Stay grounded by throwing your shoes off and walking barefoot on the sand or on the grass
- Indoor plants will bring your home to life
Like occupational, this doesn’t mean landing your dream job and becoming a millionaire – unfortunately money doesn’t always bring happiness. This section is about:
- Managing your finances efficiently and being satisfied
- Reducing stress and anxiety that financial turmoil brings.
- Being content with your earnings and living within means
This one sounds pretty simple, but life’s schedule and temptations can make it very hard to keep on track. Setting small daily goals will help you form habits to a more healthy lifestyle. Things to remember:
- You are what you eat – Aim for whole foods, organic and hormone free, grass fed, plenty of greens and 2L of water daily
- Sleep is the pillar of health – Your body heals while you sleep, try to get at least 6-8 hours
- Exercise is medicine – Daily movement, whether it be high intensity, low impact or a brisk walk. Anything is better than nothing!
People naturally crave connectivity and building a strong sense of belonging and social support network helps this cause.
- Social connections, such as friendships, relationships with family members and closeness to community, are so closely related to well-being and personal happiness the two can practically be equated.
- Joining a community such as a gym, dance class, walking group, book club or volunteer group can make socialising much easier if you do not have friends and family around you.
- Intellectual wellness encourages learning and growing.
- Engage in creative and mentally-stimulating activities
- Join in on activities that expand your knowledge and skills while allowing you to share your knowledge and skills with others
- Pick up a hobby. Hobbies are great ways to increase your skill set. They can also be fun!
- Travel. The best way to gain knowledge as well as an appreciation for another culture is to experience it yourself.
- The idea is to assess these parts of yourself or your life to see if there are important things you’ve been neglecting, or things you’ve been giving too much of yourself to.
- Identify what you need to do when life is out of balance.
- Focus on the things you are neglecting and work on those aspects