Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence. It is a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life, continually stretch your boundaries, and make your life, and the lives of those you touch, truly exceptional.
Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges. Ultimately, wellness is a hands-on, get-down-to-business approach to being the best you can possibly be.
To enjoy spiritual wellness is to possess a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to your life and your work. Spiritual wellness includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe. This includes learning how to experience love, joy, peace and fulfillment and knowing how to help yourself and others achieve their full potential.
Try these actions:
- Dedicate a day to spend time with elders (aging friends, parents, grandparents) or a young person
- Attend a religious or spiritual event or reflect upon your beliefs, values, and goals for one hour.
- Talk to friends or family about values and goals and life perspectives.
- Express only positive comments for a whole day.
- Thank someone for a kindness they have done for you.
- Perform a random act of kindness for a colleague, friend, family member or stranger
- Create a personal mission statement.
- Practice gratitude. Write down 3 things that you are grateful for.
- Tell someone you love them.
- Look through old photographs and display some that are meaningful to you.
- Think of the word “fun” and write down everything that comes to mind. After 10 minutes of writing, review your list for activities that you can enjoy.
- Pick a “fun” activity from the list you just created and do it.
- Take a few moments to let your heart fill with gratitude as you review the people, experiences, and things that bring you comfort, peace and joy.
For more information about resilience and personal development the following resources may be helpful.
- Building Resilience. HealthLinkBC. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/abk9962
- The Road to Resilience. American Psychological Society. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx
- How To Build Your Resilience. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/how-be-yourself/201709/how-build-your-resilience
- Resilience in Children: Strategies to Strengthen Your Kids. Psycom. https://www.psycom.net/build-resilience-children
- Building Resilience. Psych Central. https://psychcentral.com/lib/building-resilience/
- Overcoming adversity by building resilience. TED Talks (Carol Taylor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nag7az4-vEo
- Eight Secrets of Success. TED Talks (Richard St. John). https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success_success)