When we think of wanting more happiness, we don't always think more wellness. It might actually be the last place most people look - I know I was one of those people! But did you know the two essentially go hand in hand?
Here's why. More often than not, being happier promotes a healthier lifestyle. Some researchers also say that living in more happiness helps reduce stress, boosts your immune system, reduces pain and might even increase our life expectancy.
Now, let's define wellness. To keep it simple, here's a definition of wellness from UCDavis:
"Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth."
Like many other things in our lives, such as happiness, committing to wellness is a choice.
When I first started on my journey to living a more inspired, purposeful life in 2018, I was so focused on happiness as the end destination. What I didn't realize was that my overall physical, mental and spiritual wellness played a massive role in shaping my life.
When we take time to connect with ourselves, and truly live in the moment of each day, that's when true happiness and joy collide. It's not about how happiness happens, it's about living with the intent and belief that it will.
This also means living more mindfully in terms of the words we use, the things we say, the thoughts we have and the place within us that our messages are coming from. You see, how we interact with the world comes from deep within us - it's ingrained in our beliefs, our upbringing, our desires, our wishes for our lives and what we do and say every day.
So, if you're looking for more happiness, it's possible - just know that it's not the end goal or the end destination. Finding happiness is about finding the joy and gratitude in every moment. It's about enjoying the ride to the goal you have set. It's about finding meaning in the current moment.
How does this tie to wellness? Well, when we feel good, we do good, and how else can we feel good than making our mind, bodies and souls a priority?
Here are my 4 tips for achieving more wellness:
Meditate. If there's any tip I would give anyone looking for more peace, purpose, freedom or kindness in their lives, I would recommend meditation 100% and 100 times over. Meditation is proven to reduce stress, enhance self-awareness, create more gratitude and kindness, and improve sleep.
Spend time alone. I'm sure you've heard of 'me-time'. It's a real thing and is SO important. Get comfortable being with yourself and spending the time doing what you love. You'll learn to trust yourself more and be able to tune into what feels good for you.
Drink more water. I'm so guilty of not doing this, but drinking enough water does so much good for your body. It keeps things nice and hydrated, keeps your mind clear and moving along nicely - what's not to love?
Exercise. Find an exercise or activity that works for you, and plan for it on a regular basis. If you want more wellness in your life, moving your body is so important. It can be any activity you love, it's just important that you start, because our bodies are meant to move and meant to be a priority.
What tip would you add to this list?
Make today count,