August is National Wellness Month. It is also my birth month (just want to put that out there).
I was in my early 30s when I first realized that my wellness was my responsibility. I was a new mom to a beautiful baby girl and, like most new mothers, I desperately wanted to get everything right. I’m almost ashamed to admit that until I became pregnant with my first child, I took my well-being for granted. Becoming responsible for someone else’s well-being changed all that. To properly take care of her, I had to take care of myself.
What is wellness?
Wellness doesn’t just refer to one’s physical health. Wellness refers to one’s overall well-being.
“Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”The World Health Organization
The History of National Wellness Month
Begin Improving Your Wellness Right Now
While wellness is not a new concept, it is often overlooked by many people who have dedicated their lives to overseeing the well-being of others. The need for self-care doesn’t become apparent until one becomes ill, overwhelmed by stress, or otherwise incapacitated. It is imperative that we—parents, caregivers, and the like—grab hold of this vital truth: we can’t properly take care of the ones we love without first taking care of ourselves.
There are many ways for someone to increase their wellness. Here are 10 suggestions that I have implemented or am implementing as I become more attentive to my well-being.
1. Read more books.
2. Keep a daily journal.
3. Create a wellness playlist.
4. Establish a morning and night routine.
“Morning and evening routines prime you for success. They help you achieve more, think clearly, and do work that actually matters. They keep you from stumbling through your day and make sure you get the most important things done.”Stephen Altrogge, 12 Morning and Evening Routines That Will Set Up Each Day for Success, Zapier.com
5. Improve your sleep hygiene.
The American Sleep Association (ASA) definites sleep hygiene as “behaviors that one can do to help promote good sleep using behavioral interventions.” In addition to establishing an evening routine, some of the suggestions offered by the ASA for improving one’s sleep hygiene include avoiding daytime naps, limiting caffeinated beverages, and not watching TV, using a computer, or reading in bed.
6. Take your vitamins.
Certain vitamin deficiencies have been linked to depression, mood swings, dementia, paranoia, insomnia, irritability, mania, and other mental health issues. B vitamins are especially essential for mental health. A great source of B vitamins is sea moss gel.
7. Eat well and increase your water intake.
8. Create and maintain a budget.
It’s no secret that financial worries are a sure way to increase one’s stress levels. This can disrupt your sleep, negatively impact your self-esteem, create tension with loved ones, and increase your risk for symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, keeping tabs on your money can positively impact your mental and emotional health by decreasing your risk of these symptoms.
Earlier this year, I took some courses on proper financial management that profoundly affected how I see my finances. I feel a lot more secure when I know where my money is going and what it’s doing.
9. Join a cause that you care about.
As an autism parent who lives with bipolar II disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (and I’m beginning to suspect ADHD), autism and mental health awareness are extremely important to me. I actively seek opportunities to contribute to these causes.
This September, I will be participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 15th Annual St. Louis Out of the Darkness Walk with some family and friends. Please visit the Resilience Everyday team page if you’d like to help us raise funds for the AFSP’s campaign to prevent suicide.
10. Take a course or class on something that interests you or that affects your life.
Is there something that has affected your life that you’d like to learn more about? What skills or hobbies would you like to develop? Consider finding and taking a course in one of those areas.
Personalize Your Wellness
So, there you have it. These are just a few suggestions for increasing your well-being. They’ve definitely improved my day-to-day. The most important thing is that you develop your own definition of what wellness looks like to you and begin pursuing it today!
Happy Wellness Month to you and yours!
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