Practical Ways To Be Well And Happy
In our busy lives, scuttling here and there, trying to balance this, that, and the other, we forget to cherish our fleeting life. Although each moment is precious and complete, we often rush off in pursuit of some imagined future reward. One simple way to restore our relationship with ourselves, with our own precious life, is to return to feeling well and happy. Happiness is not an event, a fortuitous or intentional outcome; instead, it is a choice, a choice to be well. Although the idea of thriving may seem like a pipe dream, it's possible to take small, practical steps to feel far more fulfilled. Let's look at some other ways that you can enhance your wellness.
Set Wellness Goals
Admittedly, it's hard to feel well if you're coping with stress, suffering from pain, or feeling scared and confused about what's going on in your life. Still, although you can't control many things that are happening in your life, you do have control of some important things that will improve your results. You can control many aspects of your life by making better choices. For example...
By deciding to eat healthier and exercise more often, you're choosing to live longer and feel better.
By reading good books, you're choosing to know more about reality to help you make better life decisions.
By trying to be kinder, gentler, and more patient, you're choosing to have better relationships with everyone.
What all these intentions have in common is that they are wellness goals. By making new choices, you're choosing a different direction in life, a more harmonious and wholesome direction. Why not take some time right now to choose some wellness goals for yourself?
Purify Your Body
A cleanse diet will make you feel healthier. We're surrounded by pollutants-in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods that we eat. Often, we're not even aware of the buildup of toxins in our bodies until we get ill. By going on a cleanse, eating recommended detoxifying foods and drinking energizing smoothies, you can detox your liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, skin, and lymphatic system. Cleansing is detoxifying your bloodstream.
By fueling your body with the right nutrients, you'll improve the circulation of the blood in organs that work hard to filter out toxins but often get overwhelmed. Improved blood circulation in organs that filter out impurities will stimulate them to eliminate toxins.
Calm Your Mind
While there are many ways to calm your mind, meditation is probably one of the most effective. Meditation will improve your overall health. When you meditate, you sit upright, close your eyes, and focus your attention on one thing. In Vipassana meditation, for example, a meditator pays attention to the breath coming in and out of their nostrils. This focus slows down looping, distracted, and scattered thinking. Eventually, after many weeks or months of meditating, you will reach a point where the volume of your thoughts diminishes. When you reach this point, your mind will become calmer and more focused.
Harvard researchers have shown that the simple practice of slowing down your thoughts and reducing incessant mental chatter has many health benefits:
Meditation can improve the quality of your sleep.
Meditation can reduce your blood pressure.
Meditation can lift your mood.
Meditation can strengthen your immune system.
Feeling well is a choice. Making better life choices, purifying your body, and calming your mind is a good way to start. Wellness is health. Complete health. According to the World Health Organization, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Happiness shows up spontaneously when you feel well.