Waking up to taking care of your health
I always tell my clients that they only have one health and they should look after it and not take it for granted. Taking care of our mental and physical health and wellbeing takes time and effort. Often, it is only after receiving some kind of health-related wake-up call that we are alerted into recognising that our health and wellbeing are important and shouldn’t be neglected. #Health#Health #WellBeing#WellBeing
To deal with any health issues as well as the pressures that life throws at us, it is extremely important to build our resilience. Invoking our inner strength to handle stress demonstrates resourcefulness. Drawing on our resilience equips us with the ability to maintain a stable and positive mindset when facing adversity. Having cast-iron resilience will help us to adapt to difficult situations. #Resilience#Resilience
Path to Resilience
Below are 5 ways to build resilience:
1. Find a better work/life balance:
a. Try to manage your time better.
b. Prioritise what is important to you.
c. Work less and prioritise your workload.
d. Avoid presenteeism at work.
e. Take more breaks.
f. Pursue the things you love: Go out more with friends; go to the gym; run; do yoga; make time for your hobbies.
g. Practise mindfulness and meditation.
2. Be kinder to yourself:
a. Reflect on your achievements and acknowledge your strengths.
b. Reward yourself for doing good work: give yourself a pat on the back and hug yourself regularly.
c. Take time out from your day to meditate or take a walk, even for 10 minutes.
d. Go away for a few days.
e. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and allow yourself to learn from them rather than beating yourself up for them.
f. Let go of your inner critic: you wouldn’t speak to others the way you speak to yourself.
g. Say no: resist taking on additional work or doing something you don’t want to do.
a. Seek out someone to share your challenges with who can support you when you are at your most anxious. This support network could be in the form of a friend, peer, family member, line manager, or a coach.
b. Don’t hesitate to discuss an issue at work with your line manager or HR. All organisations regard their employees’ mental health as a serious matter.
c. Seek out a peer support network, perhaps in the form of a Lean In circle or supportive Meetup.
4. Pay attention to your physical and mental wellbeing:
a. Take a look at your diet and make improvements where you can.
b. Ditch all devices at least a couple of hours before bed to ensure restful sleep.
c. Try checking out mentally for a while by practising meditation, mindfulness and yoga regularly.
d. Experiment with exercise: go to the gym, go for a run, and walk more.
5. Check in with your self-esteem:
a. Be kind and generous towards yourself. Being kinder to yourself is the antidote to low self-esteem.
b. Let go of self-judgement and be less critical of yourself.
c. Try not to care what others think of you.
d. Let go of comparing yourself to other people.
e. Be bold in your decision making.
f. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. It may feel scary, but you will feel so good afterwards.
g. Experience self-compassion.
h. Acknowledge that you deserve happiness and fulfilment.
Maintain Your Own Health
Above all else, respecting yourself, being kinder to yourself, and getting to know yourself better allows you to live your one life with positivity and resilience, maintaining your ‘one health’.
Author: Alisa Salamon, Life Coach at InsideOut
Date: 13th September 2019