People often think about wellness in terms of physical health, nutrition, exercise, and weight management only. But wellness is a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, fueling your body, engaging your mind, and nurturing your spirit. And in achieving wellness certain things should be incorporated into your daily life activities.
Self-regulation is central to effective human functioning. It is the ability to direct our behavior and control our impulses so that we meet certain standards or achieve certain goals. It allows us to act in our short- and long-term best interests and be consistent with our deepest values.
Habits are more powerful than we think. With about 40% of our everyday behavior repeated in the form of habits, they shape our very existence, and ultimately, our future. Habit is a key to wellness. It can also influence health, well-being, and quality of life. If you are striving to improve these, you need to think about habits, because if you change your habits for the better, you change your life for the better.
Change becomes much more achievable if you are aware of who you are and constantly take advantage of your strengths, tendencies, and aptitudes. With self-awareness, you can cultivate the habits that would work for you thereby living a life of wellness.
Change also becomes more achievable if you choose strategies that enhance your chance for success. Such strategies include monitoring; scheduling, accountability, abstaining, planning safeguards; using distractions, rewards, and treats. Most successful habit change requires the coordination of multiple strategies to establish a single new behavior and new habits, on average it takes 66 days to form a new habit or behavior, so the more strategies used, the higher the chances of effective change.
Lastly, Embrace Change
Sometimes change takes a long time. Sometimes it requires repeated experiments and failures. But for ongoing betterment, the attempts are unarguably worthwhile and one success often leads to another. When thinking about habits, wellness, health, well-being, and quality of life to which you aspire, consider the following: “Are you going to accept yourself or expect more from yourself?” “Are you going to embrace the present or consider the future?” and “Are you going to care about yourself or overlook yourself?” Finally “are you going to be open to change?”
Written by Uchechukwu for EM