Our health and wellness are internal "pillars" that hold us up, keep us strong, and help us to achieve our highest potential. These pillars include nutrition, exercise, sleep, goals, interpersonal relationships, and a spiritual connection to something.
Add these internal pillars to the roles we play, (such as worker, parent, partner, friend, sibling, volunteer) and we have made up our person. Unfortunately in today's world, we spent most of our energy (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) on our roles and very little focus on our pillars and our own well-being.
According to Martin Seligman, a founder of positive psychology, our well-being is based on a combination of five elements: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment (PERMA). Since most of our energy is spent on our various life roles, we must be mindful and make conscious choices in these roles towards the five elements.
If we lose our pillar strength or our out of well-being balance, we can spiral downward. We are constantly bombarded with images and sounds of not being enough, not having enough, or what we should be or should do. These create unrealistic expectations about ourselves, our lives, and others and we lose more focus on our pillar strength and personal well-being.
We rush through our days, focusing mostly on work and diversion activities to help us slow down (like TV or our smart phones), with minimal time spent on any of the pillars that keep us strong and healthy.
Keeping our health, work, relationships, and future in balance can be tough job. Keeping in balance and being true to yourself might even seem impossible. It is possible and you do not have to find the balance alone. Listen to yourself, trust what you hear and feel, and when you need a little help, motivation, or direction, Becky is here for you.