I was recently reading a magazine and it had A-Z tips for well-being so I was inspired to come up with my own list. Let me know what you think!
A- Awareness. Get to know yourself and learn what your normal is. That way if something is off you will be more likely to notice.
B- Breathe. Take a big breath in for 4 counts, hold it for 4 counts and exhale for 4 counts. Do this 4 times to slow your thinking and redirect racing thoughts.
C- Cry. Crying is a natural human emotional response. Don’t be afraid to let it out.
D- Dance. Not only is this great exercise, but it is really hard to be in a negative headspace when you are having a dance party.
E- Exercise. This is nature’s antidepressant. Find ways to incorporate physical activity into your life that you enjoy and will stick with.
F- Fruits. Eat them.
G- Goofy. Joke around, have fun, life doesn’t always have to be so serious.
H- Help others. Sometimes doing something for others is the best way to give ourselves a boost.
I- Independence. Practice doing things on your own, learn to enjoy your own company.
J-Journal. Give it a try. It’s amazing what a release it can be to write down our thoughts and feelings.
K- Kindness. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
L- Laugh. Don’t take life too seriously. There is so much about life that is uncertain, so why not have some fun while we are here.
M- Mindfulness. Practice living life in the moment. Focus on what your 5 senses are experiencing to help ground you in the here and now.
N- Nap. Who really gets enough sleep? If you can sneak in a quick power nap, heck yes do it!
O- Oommm. Meditate. If that doesn’t fit with you, give yourself a few minutes of quiet just to sit and gather your thought. Life doesn’t always have to be so busy.
P- Play. Play a game, play a sport. Just play. Once we grow up we often lose a lot of our creativity and fun. Bring out some of your inner child.
Q- Quiet time. Down time is a good thing. Learn to recognize within yourself when you are getting stressed out and need some time to just be.
R- Reflect. Are you where you want to be in your life? What are your morals and values? Are you being the person you want to be? How are you treating those around you? It’s always a good idea to check in and reflect from time to time to see where you are at.
S- Self-care. This will look different for everyone. Learn to focus on yourself and what helps soothe you after a stressful day, week or even month. Once you know what self-care looks like for you, practice it. Often.
T- Talk it out. Connect with friends and family. Share with people when you are having a bad day. Use your social supports and be there for your loved ones.
U- Unplug. The world will not stop if you do not immediately answer a call, text or email.
V-Veggies. Eat them.
W- Water. We are made mostly of water and need a lot of water intake for us to function at our best. Carry a water bottle or visit the water cooler every hour to stay hydrated.
X- XXX. Connect physically with your partner (see the last couple of blog posts). This doesn’t just mean sex, but any physical touch. We all need physical comfort and contact.
Y- Yes. Say yes to something that scares you. We all have a comfort box, but we don’t grow unless we step out of the box. Push yourself.
Z- Zzzz’s. Most of us are not getting enough sleep. In order to function at our best, most adults need at least 7 hours. Everything seems worse, we are more easily irritated and stressed out when we have not had enough sleep to meet the demands of daily life.