As we set ourselves up for a successful new year and assess our priorities in life, consider your total well-being and how it can be improved. Well-being is not just about your health, being sick or having a medical condition. It’s about a balance of all things, an overall feeling that your life is going well.
Well-being comes from your thoughts, actions, and experiences which we mostly have control over. Therefore, it is possible to improve your well-being. Start with figuring out what parts of well-being are most important to you.
4 Major Types of Well-Being and Tips for Improving
Emotional : Manage stress by practicing deep breathing or meditation. Focus on the positives in life. Build the skill of mindfulness by living in the moment, not worrying about the past or dwelling on the future.
Physical: Create a good exercise routine. Make it a habit to get your body moving every day. Choose foods that are nutrient-dense that will provide energy, vitamins, and minerals the body needs to be well. Try to sleep and wake at consistent times.
Social: Join a club to meet others with your same interests. Volunteer at a local organization. Foster a culture of compassion, fairness, and kindness to all you encounter each day.
Occupational: Build professional skills and knowledge to advance more quickly in your career. Maintaining a work-life balance will allow you to enjoy your work more. Create relationships with your co-workers.
It takes time and effort to improve your well-being. Be realistic about how much you can accomplish. Small actions over time will add up to big improvements in the future.