Whole being wellness. The opposite of what I think of when I think of the rat race; “an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. The phrase equates humans to rats attempting to earn a reward such as cheese, in vain” (Wikipedia, 2021). We live in a world where it is so easy to get wrapped up in this way of living. We are constantly being hit with others’ advice, suggestions, opinions, ways they would do things, etc. Always told that we have to work hard, save money, do things a certain way, and pretty much get everything right. Eventually, this leads some people to burn out. Losing themselves because they create their success on the “always working, must be perfect” mentality but don’t believe in or know what they are working toward. This was absolutely the case for me.
Many people find themselves asking “what am I doing this for?” and have thoughts like “this isn’t what I want to be doing?”. But then never pursue their dreams because they are so wrapped up in the busy work with a heavy dose of fear of failure and the unknown.
But here’s the thing: what would happen if you took a chance? You only have one life. Why not do what you want to do? The easiest way to start making strides toward this change is through small steps toward whole being wellness.
1. What is whole being wellness
Whole Being Wellness is the idea of taking care of all aspects of yourself to feel accomplished with your life. The four major components are sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. Taking care of all these things will help you find success in whatever path you are trying to walk down.
When you’re exhausted, it is so much harder to accomplish any task. You can’t focus, you’re tired, and the simplest tasks seem impossible when you lack sleep. Many studies have been done on how productive we are when we get a good night’s rest. It has been proven that getting a good amount of sleep makes us more successful in our daily lives. (Fletcher, 2019).
Your body is the vessel that you are using to live this life. If you aren’t filling it with the right things, how can you expect it to run properly?
c. Physical activity
Getting your heart rate up will not only improve your physical health but also your mental health (Huzar, 2020). Your mind needs some time to decompress after a long day’s work so being active is the perfect way to do this. It releases stress, is good for the mind, and brings you back down to Earth.
d. Mental Health
Lastly, your mental state has everything to do with how you feel about yourself. If you are constantly stressed out or feeling negative, it will be hard for you to feel accomplished with anything. There are clinical studies that say those who pay attention to their mental health are more successful because they feel better about themselves and generally have a higher sense of self-worth (Vanbuskirk, 2021).
Have you ever had such a rough day where everything goes wrong? You just want to crawl into bed depressed or have a rewarding bottle of wine the evening before it’s time to go to work again. But what happens the next day?
You wake up with more anxiety and stress than you had before. But by focusing on whole-being wellness, we can help ourselves bounce back from our days easier.
That’s because humans are, by nature, resilient creatures. We always find a way to bounce back, even if it takes some time, commitment, and practice for us to do it.
2. How can we commit to whole being wellness in 2022
With this idea in mind, the year 2022 will mark the beginning of a new you. It’s about starting small and taking baby steps to get there. It’s about being patient and accepting of where you are in the moment.
Having a growth mindset and focusing on progress, not perfection. Learning to love yourself for who you are and making your life the way that you want it to be, not trying to fit into a box.
3. How can this commitment change our lives for the better
Committing is easy! It’s simply about deciding that you are going to be more mindful of what you do daily. You aren’t committing to anything new, just deciding to pay attention to the details.
Start by taking some time each day for self-care. This can include exercising, meditating, journaling affirmations, and anything else that makes you feel good about yourself.
After a few weeks of this, you will start to notice things in your daily life. You may even see some changes for the better! Stopping to take care of yourself is worth it and so rewarding because if we don’t do it, who will? Make sure to commit to Whole Being Wellness and live the best life you can!
4. Committing to a wellness plan and creating holistic health goals
The benefits of committing to a holistic wellness plan include having higher energy levels, more confidence in oneself, and improved mental health.
Contrary to what many people think, the commitment to Whole Being Wellness does not come that easy. We do have to take the time and work for it to stay consistent and see results. Download our free commitment contract to get started!
Whole-being wellness starts with a small commitment at first such as making your bed or even getting out of bed. If you are someone who is constantly rushing, slowing down for 5 minutes each day and taking note of what you are doing can make all the difference as a reset to your mood.
Even if it takes more energy than a small commitment (which it most likely will), the benefits are worth it. When you begin focusing on the process of your commitment and how it is making you feel as you accomplish your goals, you start feeling healthier and happier about yourself.
5. Examples of people whose whole-being lifestyle has become an inspiration for others
Courtney Love is a famous musician who has been in the public eye for decades. For many years she struggled with substance abuse and addiction, but after becoming sober, Courtney has been found sharing everything from tips for self-care to workout routines on Instagram so that others can find inspiration from her story.
Kate Hudson is a popular actress and mom of two. When she started her lifestyle blog, now turned book called “Pretty Happy,” she wanted to share with the world how to have a balanced lifestyle. She did this by giving tips on how to diet, take care of your mental health, and many other things that contribute to a happy life.
If you’re looking for a way to uplevel your lifestyle, Whole Being Wellness could be the answer. As we know one answer isn’t the answer for all, this is an amazing stepping stone to guiding individuals to healthy living. Investing in your sleep, nutrition, mental health, and physical wellbeing will help ensure that you have higher energy levels, better self-confidence, and improved well-being. By committing to this type of holistic wellness plan now, you can create goals of improving how you feel today which leads to positive changes in the future.
Download our free commitment contract to get started today! Sign up as a free member to get access to a deep dive into 14 pages of goal-setting. Take your commitment to the next level by identifying small steps and action items within your goals in six of the wellness categories. Committing pen to paper to work toward a healthier lifestyle.
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