When you were a young child, and you were imagining how you would like the future to play out, were you daydreaming about a mundane and unfulfilling everyday routine filled with a vague sense of boredom?
If you were, you are certainly the exception to the rule.
The vast majority of kids imagine great, exciting, bold, and interesting futures for themselves. But as we reach adulthood, it is all too common that the specific frustrations and preoccupations of day-to-day life end up driving us off track and causing us to overlook the exciting and ambitious visions that we had once created for ourselves.
If you feel as though your life isn’t exactly as interesting and fulfilling as you would like it to be, there’s no need to feel despondent. It’s normal for everyone to end up slipping into a bit of a rut from time to time – the important thing is just that you are able to recognise that fact, and take some positive steps to start transforming your life for the better.
Personal transformation should never feel like a chore, it should always feel like an adventure that allows you to journey towards a better and more uplifting future.
So, here are a few personal wellness tips you can explore, that might help you to start transforming your life.
Take Steps To Address Any Health And Cosmetic Issues That You’ve Been Overlooking
It goes without saying that your mood, energy levels, personal wellness, and overall quality of life, will tend to be significantly dampened if you have chronic health or cosmetic issues that really bother you, but that you’ve been overlooking for one reason or another, for a prolonged period of time.
Unfortunately, this is quite a common state of affairs – and it usually arises because of a sense of fear or apathy that in and of themselves can be connected to other personal life issues.
Whether you’ve had chronic pain for a while that you haven’t had investigated, or whether your eyesight has deteriorated and you haven’t taken steps to investigate and address that, taking care of yourself in this most fundamental way can really make a positive impact across many different dimensions of your life.
At the very least, you will see yourself better if you know that you are actively taking steps to look out for your best interests.
Set Yourself Some Fitness Goals And Begin A Sustainable Workout Routine
Exercise is a profoundly powerful thing. According to research, regular exercise is one of the only things known to stimulate the growth of new brain tissue, and it simultaneously improves your heart health, your joint stability and bone density, enhances your mood through the release of endorphins, and many other things besides.
If there was a pill that you could take that would benefit you in all the ways that regular exercise does, it would likely be the most sought after drug on the face of the earth.
Often, when people are taking active steps to turn their lives around and improve their personal wellness, they will dabble with different workout routines. The only issue is that they will commonly go for workout routines that are overly intense or convoluted at the outset, and will then burn out and give up quite quickly.
A good exercise routine, however, should be viewed as a lifelong practice and investment in your overall wellbeing, health, and efficacy in life. So, make sure that you pick a workout routine that is sustainable and that you actually enjoy. As you become fitter and more used to the routine, you can always add extra elements, or up the intensity level.
There are many different ways to get fit and to train your body – the key is that you do something physically active on a more or less daily basis.
Start Doing Daily Stretching And Breathing Exercises
In addition to exercise in general, there are immense specific benefits to doing a daily stretching routine in combination with breathing exercises.
As the psychologist Belisa Vranich notes in her book “Breathe,” many features of modern life – including the fact that we so commonly spend the majority of our waking hours sitting down these days – have resulted in most people adopting chronically negative breathing patterns.
What’s more, these negative breathing patterns are often more or less “baked in” due to the chronic stiffness of various muscles and ligaments in the body, which makes it difficult for the diaphragm to activate properly as it should.
Among other things, the consequences of this include a chronic lack of energy, digestive issues, insomnia, and an overactive fight or flight response.
By doing a daily stretching routine such as a yoga practice, you will be vitalising the body and removing a lot of aches and pains that you might not even have noticed. And by adding in breathing exercises, you will be going a step further in optimising your vitality.
Focus On Eating More Home-Cooked Meals And Be Sure That You’re Eating Enough
Although food is plentiful today in the developed world, many people nonetheless have a chronically unhealthy relationship to nutrition – and alternate between constant yo-yo dieting and a diet that contains far too much in the way of nutritionally devoid processed foods.
According to the famous Minnesota Starvation Experiment conducted in the 1930s, the side effects of chronic calorie restriction include things like extreme mental and physical fatigue, irritability, brain fog, and more. What’s more, recovery after a chronic undereating phase can take quite a long time.
Today, yo-yo dieting is thought to be a major factor in ongoing metabolic dysfunction among large numbers of the general public, in addition to things like chronically low mood.
Of course, even if you are eating a very calorie dense diet and gaining weight as a result of it, there’s a good chance that you will be deficient in some essential micronutrients such as vitamin D or magnesium, that can affect everything from your energy levels, to the clarity of your thoughts, to your ability to sleep peacefully at night.
For the benefit of your personal wellness, focus on eating more home-cooked meals, be sure that you’re eating enough to feel satisfied (unless you are specifically following a carefully calculated diet plan,) and be sure that you’re getting all the right vitamins and minerals that you need.
Set Yourself Some Inspirational Life Goals Using The SMART Goal Approach
It’s always easier to motivate yourself to take powerful and productive actions in your everyday life, if you have some goals that you genuinely care about.
In addition to setting yourself some worthwhile goals, however, you should also ensure that those goals are actionable and that they have an associated “timeline.”
If you know that you want to achieve something specific, by a certain date, the odds are much greater that you will actually be motivated to take consistent steps forward, rather than just treating your goals as “a nice daydream.”
If you find yourself stuck at home a lot, make a point of getting out on a regular basis. Since the global COVID-19 pandemic struck, huge numbers of people around the world have been stuck at home on a more or less continual basis, for the better part of 2020. Of course, if you are stuck indoors by yourself for prolonged stretches of time, it’s natural that your sense of perspective and your connection to the outside world will suffer, along with your energy levels, your motivation, and your social confidence.
Although you might not currently be in a position to go out and attend large gatherings, you should nonetheless make a point of at least going for a stroll outdoors every day if you get the chance. Simply leaving the house more often can be a very positive and powerful thing to do and will help your personal wellness.