Well-being means the integration of both physical and mental health that helps us in preventing ailments and promoting good health. A good environment is conducive to the well being of an individual; factors pertaining to social and physical environment contribute to well being. Well being suggests that a person is optimistic, calm, aware, has a purpose and is actively engaged in his/her overall development. Most people nowadays wouldn’t be able to tick the boxes that contribute to well-being. As sad as that seems, we cannot ignore the fact that most of the factors that are important for well being are not even present in our lives right now. That being said, we can start with the identification of those missing components, though we would be required to put in a little more effort.
Well being and how to practice it
Focus on your emotions
Good well being isn’t too hard to achieve if you keep a check on your emotions, if you start with being optimistic about things, you are already a step closer. We often think that being “positive” and “optimistic” means to be “happy.” You will be surprised to know that being merry is not the only positive emotion that we can work with. There’s interest, tranquility, determination to name a few. You in your best mood will only push you to do the best you can.
This means that you need to be in the moment, which means being present at any given moment, being fully aware of it. Mindfulness is a powerful weapon to have. It helps you appreciate things just a little bit more, feels a little bit more, empathizes more. You can be mindful by meditating, spending time with the people you love without worrying about other things, eating without feeling guilty, not holding yourself back from expressing what you think.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is a true saying. Once you start lazing around and stop taking care of your body, you are just giving more scope for your body to give up on you, you make your body a breeding ground for diseases which further weakens your mental well being. A simple jog in the morning, an occasional run could do wonders to your body and your mind. It is said that exercising helps release happy hormones such as serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine in your body.
One of the hardest things to do is to recover quickly from adversity. We need to accept that it is a part of life and stepping stones lead the way to beautiful destinations after all.