How to achieve a more balanced life?

The importance of reconnecting with yourself.

It is more than ever essential to take time for yourself and disconnect from your busy life.

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of wellbeing in a society where slowing down has become a struggle for most of us.

In a world where we live a life at full speed, it can be a struggle to connect with yourself, the community and nature. The coronavirus crisis has forced us to pause and slow down which has been very destabilising for the majority of us. It can be very fearful and uncomfortable to face yourself especially when you are not use to spend time with yourself.

It is time to adopt a more balanced life and spend time to look after yourself and your wellbeing.


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Why put wellbeing first?

Wellbeing has become more prevalent over the past few years and the corporate world is also taking this matter very seriously. With more people working from home and having less physical interaction, wellbeing is at the centre of our preoccupations.

In fact, wellbeing has become so important that there is a worldwide celebration of wellbeing in the last week of June every year. As reported by Awareness Day, this celebration aims to “promote an overall awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing.” The World Wellbeing Week has been celebrated for the past 3 years and originated in Jersey, Channel Islands in 2019.

This notion of “wellbeing” is used everywhere so it can be confusing to understand what it does actually cover.


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So, let’s start by defining it.

Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy”.

However, this notion is much broader than that and, according to The Mental Health Foundation, “While it does include happiness, it also includes other things, such as how satisfied people are with their life a whole, their sense of purpose, and how in control they feel.”

Generally speaking, wellbeing is a very subjective subject which will defer from one individual to another. Something which will fulfil you won’t necessarily have the same effect on somebody else that’s why it is very important to be focused on the “self”, understand yourself, your emotion and to find what exactly is right for you and make you feel good.


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So, how to start your wellbeing journey for a more balanced life

The answer is very simple, you need to reconnect with yourself. You need to take time for yourself, organise some day time with yourself and explore your inner self.

The change can only come from you and you need to confront yourself. It can be painful to face yourself in a mirror, face your emotions however it is necessary for you to go through this journey and (re)discover yourself.

 

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Meditation is a great way to reconnect with yourself and explore your inner energy. Ten minutes of meditation every day can make a big difference in your life.

Yoga can also help you to bring more harmony between your body and soul. In fact, Yoga is an ancient practice, harnessing the breath and strengthening the body to boost physical health and mental wellbeing.

There are plenty of activities which can help you to be more relax and focus on yourself ranging from art and craft, reading, writing, and so on.


 

The most important is for you to find what is right, will fulfil and help you to be with yourself. You don’t necessarily need to be doing something, staying still is also a good way to be with yourself and have some “me” time.

If you work from home, it is vital that you separate your work and personal life by adopting a good routine where you integrate some relaxing time and set some specific working hours. The following video provides you 10 tips for wellbeing while working from home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MOR5nE4VVc

It is time to take actions to reconnect with yourself, the community and nature.


 

Sources:

The Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/what-wellbeing-how-can-we-measure-it-and-how-can-we-support-people-improve-it

Awareness Day: https://bit.ly/3ecPDGG

NHS - 7 simple tips to tackle working from home https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/7-simple-tips-to-tackle-working-from-home/

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