Updated: Nov 22, 2019
To improve your self-wellness you need to think about all the areas of wellness that affect your quality of life. The most common areas of wellness are Physical, Occupational, Spiritual, Environmental, Financial, Social, Intellectual, and Emotional wellness. When we struggle with addressing one area, the other areas are affected as well. For example, if you are having financial problems your physical wellness may be suffering due to the potential inability to seek proper medical attention for illnesses. Sadly, most of the time we are our worst enemies. Here’s the good news – usually there is a solution inside of us. Keep reading to learn the 8 reasons your self-wellness routine is not what it could be.
You Expect Too Much of Yourself
Don’t get me wrong, it is great to hold yourself to a high standard, but you should avoid unrealistic expectations. You should always forecast good things coming your way, but you cannot expect to get the results you want all the time. This is especially true when you try to control things out of your reach, such as expecting someone to act a certain way. Remember you have no control over someone else actions. You will feel unfulfilled if you expect to get everything every single time.
Zero Appreciation and Gratitude
Take the time to appreciate the small things. Show gratitude more often. We focus way too much on thinking about the big picture (your new car, house, job, ‘the end-game’ etc.) that we let the pursuit of these things blur our vision. When this happens, we become overwhelmed, stressed, and unbalanced. Enjoy the simple little things in life, such as a cup of coffee, a walk in the park, the weather, and be mindful of all the small things you do and achieve every single day. Try answering the question: When was the last time I took the time to appreciate my life?
You Suffer from Paralysis Analysis
Overthinking, grandiose hypothetical catastrophes (this even sounds overwhelming and stressful), living within the ‘what ifs’.. Stop it – stop it now! You are going around in circles and making assumptions that are not true. You are paralyzed with fear over situations that have not even occurred yet and possibilities that do not exist. The best solution for this is to trust your instincts. You can make a list of pros and cons before making a big decision, but don’t let your mind fill in blank spaces with false assumptions.
You Never Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone
Whew! This is a tough one! Taking an easier approach to some things can prove to be beneficial, but chronically staying within your comfort zone does not allow any room for growth. We do our best when we breach our comfort zone and face the challenges that come with taking risks to achieve something.
You Are Making False Presumptions
Sometimes our brain fills in our gaps in knowledge by forming answers that are not necessarily true. By doing this we become defensive and angry. One way to combat this is to become mindful of our presumptions and think before we act upon them.
Henry Ford once said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t - you’re right” to emphasize the importance of self-confidence. If you are constantly doubting yourself, you will not progress and you may be unwilling to do something due to version of fear. Many times, we are our own worst critic and can often never find satisfaction or be happy with ourselves. Give yourself a break! We are human, imperfect, and make mistakes. Making mistakes is a great way to learn. You are more powerful than you think!
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