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The Key Wellness Pillars and Habits I am Prioritizing in My Life This Yr | Wit & Delight


A woman looks into the camera while out for a winter walk, wearing a beige beanie hat, olive green sherpa coat, and gray quarter-zip sweatshirtA woman looks into the camera while out for a winter walk, wearing a beige beanie hat, olive green sherpa coat, and gray quarter-zip sweatshirt

In final week’s submit, I outlined the baseline for my total bodily, emotional, and psychological well being: a day by day routine. It’s a tough schedule propped up round how my power tends to movement. This power is straight associated to my bodily and psychological well being. I’ve been tweaking it since final fall and it’s change into stable and constant sufficient to face up to the curse of boredom—which is once I normally give in to the urge to strive one thing new or throw away the routine fully. The novelty of newness will at all times be my siren music. 

Anyway. 

In the present day I need to focus on my wellness habits in additional element—with flexibility on the forefront. Once more, none of that is new, none of that is groundbreaking. What’s new and groundbreaking (for me) is the explanation why I prioritize these habits over others.

Why I Prioritize Wellness Habits

The rationale these wellness habits have caught is that I’m not doing them to realize a selected aim (like checking containers day by day). I’m doing them as a result of they make me really feel higher. Some days I can concentrate on one or two of those habits. Some days I do all of them. More often than not, I’m at 70%. It’s not in regards to the time spent or the depth—it’s about staying constant. 

I don’t prioritize every wellness pillar equally. One is normally extra dominant than the others on any given week, and this scale can tip in a distinct route each time I want it to. Most days have lots of selection. The pillars make it simpler to make sure I can pursue life in my distinctive means and shield myself from the cycle I do know so properly: melancholy and burnout. 

It’s not in regards to the time spent or the depth—it’s about staying constant. 

A Wellness Blueprint Distinctive to You

A observe earlier than we get into it: What makes me really feel good may not be what makes you are feeling good. My definition of excellent may be completely different than yours. I extremely suggest asking your self what “feeling good” means to you and constructing your routine and pillars of wellness round that. There could be rather a lot much less confusion round well being and wellness if we prioritized listening to our inside instinct and physique cues over another person’s routine. Your physique, your alternative. 

With that mentioned: These are my 4 pillars of wellness and examples of how they present up in my life.

My Private Wellness Pillars in 2024

1. Sleep and Relaxation

This pillar is primary for a purpose. With out it, I’m toast. I like to think about relaxation as an exercise as an alternative of considering of it as not doing something. Prioritizing relaxation is a present to me! For me, this pillar isn’t restricted solely to the act of resting my physique; it pertains to any behavior that helps with overwhelm. Under is an inventory of what I do to replenish my cup.

Wellness Habits Associated to Sleep and Relaxation

  • I sleep no less than seven hours an evening. 
  • I attempt to wait no less than an hour within the morning earlier than having espresso. (It’s arduous and I fail typically!)
  • I restrict caffeine in the course of the day, which helps me sleep higher at evening.
  • I follow mindfulness when overwhelmed.
  • I work in twenty-five-minute sprints with five-minute breaks in between. (It’s referred to as the Pomodoro Approach! Extra data right here.)
  • I write issues down versus making an attempt to carry all of it in my head. 
  • I don’t drink exterior of social events. 
  • I preserve a calendar and pocket book beside my mattress to seize something I’d want to recollect tomorrow. 
  • I don’t use my telephone earlier than mattress (or earlier than breakfast most days).
  • I hardly ever watch TV earlier than mattress. 

2. Gas 

This pillar contains consuming meals that really feel good in my physique and in addition the issues I’m feeding my thoughts: what I’m studying, motion pictures I’m watching, and leisure that fills me up. I’ve discovered I get essentially the most from my “gasoline” actions if I’m alone or with my household (a real introvert). It contains actions that typically overlap with work, however the crucial distinction is these actions depart me feeling energized and fulfilled—not drained and depleted. The checklist under is a bingo card of issues that give me power. For me, gasoline may appear to be any of the next.

Wellness Habits That Gas and Energize Me

  • Cooking a nourishing meal
  • Being exterior
  • Prioritizing wholesome fat, protein, leafy greens, fruits, and veggies in my meal plans
  • Consuming darkish chocolate
  • Studying cookbooks
  • Listening to music
  • Studying a guide in my favourite chair
  • Watching a film on my “watch” checklist
  • Flipping via AD magazines and espresso desk books
  • Taking a MasterClass
  • Organizing my areas
  • Decluttering my dwelling
  • Cuddling with my children and Joe
  • Meditating
A woman stands in front of her kitchen sink in the early morning hours, wearing a pink tank top and leggingsA woman stands in front of her kitchen sink in the early morning hours, wearing a pink tank top and leggings

3. Exercise

The subsequent pillar is in regards to the actions I prioritize. Many of those examples construct confidence and resilience as a result of I’m not “comfy” in the course of the course of. I do them to problem myself and,  nearly at all times, I really feel higher because of this. These are my “simply do it” actions—ones I don’t at all times need to do however by no means remorse afterward. 

Wellness Habits That Prioritize Exercise

  • Doing Pilates, whether or not at a reformer class or at dwelling
  • Happening a future or stroll
  • Taking part in tennis
  • Engaged on enterprise plans
  • Posting on social media
  • Rising private finance acumen
  • Writing
  • Designing
  • Gardening
  • Studying a ability that doesn’t come naturally to me (e.g., talking French, enjoying guitar)
  • Socializing with a big group of buddies
  • Internet hosting massive dinner events
  • Taking the youngsters on an journey
  • Having a sport evening with my household
  • Cooking with the youngsters
  • Planning journeys and touring

I attempt to juggle these three pillars, understanding there’ll by no means be a “excellent” steadiness. There are seasons the place sleep and relaxation are the next precedence and others once I’m in a movement state and work later or extra typically than common. There are seasons when it’s crucial to push myself previous discomfort. The pillars are right here (like my day by day routine) to function a information and help my power. 

A observe: Throughout a protracted interval of over-prioritizing self-care, I discovered that the sensation of difficult myself was as vital to my psychological well being as sleep and relaxation. This may not be the identical for you. However it’s value contemplating if you end up caught in a state of apathy. 

And talking of power, the final pillar is…

4. Boundaries

Boundaries don’t come naturally to me. I need to say sure to all of the issues. I really like a full plate. Feeling like what I do issues to another person fulfills me. I really like my family and friends and need to give all I can to attach with them. However we can’t do all the issues, particularly not . Due to that, I at all times come again to contemplating my power—what fills my cup and what depletes it. 

This pillar is the place I’m studying essentially the most nowadays. It’s uncomfortable to set arduous boundaries when a part of me desires to go to that present or tackle that additional challenge I do know I can’t absolutely decide to. What has helped is making an inventory of what depletes me. Then, if I can see a connection between what I need to decide to and the way I do know I’ll really feel afterward, it’s a straightforward “no.” 

Issues That Deplete Me

  • Ambiguous tasks with ambiguous deadlines
  • Unpaid labor
  • Gossip
  • Common negativity and helplessness
  • Being round individuals who catastrophize
  • Black-and-white considering
  • Multitasking
  • Remark sections on social media
  • Doomscrolling
  • Advantage signaling
  • Rumination and fear
  • Self-help as a way to repair oneself

I hope studying via my wellness habits and pillars was on the very least intriguing, even when yours look a lot completely different than mine. Subsequent week, I’m going to be writing in regards to the adjustments I’ve made to my journaling and private progress habits. It’s the world of my life that has modified essentially the most to this point in 2024. 



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