Many of us know what it takes to live healthily and well, even if we’re not always so good at disciplining ourselves in that direction. Type ‘how do I get healthy?’ into Google and you’ll come across millions of articles telling you to eat nutritionally dense and healthy food, sleep regularly and for enough hours, and to get exercise. Moreover, thankfully, mental health is coming into the equation more and more.
In fact, these are what I focused on when I made the decision to live healthier. I started working with a mindset and personal development coach, I got a business coach, and I hired a personal trainer.
These are all good things. But we often leave other elements of health out, elements that we need to live good, full and fruitful lives. For instance, taking the time to visit a sexual health clinic if necessary, or making sure that we curate gratitude from time to time are both essential components of health for different reasons.
In this post, I’m sharing three areas worth adding to your wellness routine, without making you feel bogged down in tasks in order to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Let’s get started:
Social health is very important to consider because the quality and degree of our social connections can truly influence how we feel on a given day. If your friends are rarely supportive, for instance, that can be a troubling feeling and you may find yourself shifting who you are to please them. On the other hand, friends that never seem to moderate your behavior can’t always be trusted, and so a healthy balance is needed, as is a give and take.
We are often the combined personality of our five closest friends alongside our own intuitions, so don’t pretend that a bad friendship could improve, or that you’re undeserving of loving people around you.
Boundaries & Confidence
No matter how healthy we are, if we feel totally invalidated every step of the way, or if we feel as though we don’t have boundaries or the confidence to enforce them, that can be a problem. For instance, learning to say ‘no’ can be the best thing you do for your health and mental wellbeing, even if that means turning down overtime or making sure that your friends stop bothering you to come out when you need to work on your studies. Having boundaries helps you curate your self-respect, which enables you to more readily value yourself.
Being unapologetically you is essential. For instance, perhaps you’re tired of running as a form of fitness, and want to get into powerlifting. But thanks to your past of dancing in ballet, others may see it contrary to your usual personality.
What does that matter? Sometimes, being healthy and being internally confident means giving ourselves the room to explore and never tying ourselves down to just ‘one thing’ that we need to focus on. An approach like that can truly aid us in feeling more confident and competent, and in general, inspiring others to live their truth, too.
Are you considering these areas of health and wellness? If you haven’t been nurturing these areas, now is a good time to start!