How can we describe Wellness? And how do we go about becoming more mindful of our own state of well-being?
These are very broad topics but simply put: Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. As defined by the World Health Organization it is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Or as I like to put it, being “Wonderfully Energetic and Loving Life!”
SO, HOW DO YOU BECOME MORE MINDFUL?
And, what role does mindfulness play in affecting our health & well-being?
To start with, we need to be able to assess where we are right now, to establish a baseline from which to grow. There are many tools one can use to do this. A popular tool for measuring one’s balance in life as well as happiness and fulfilment is the Wheel of Life assessment tool.
This tool can help you to evaluate your life in order to determine which areas are taking up too much time (e.g. work), too little time (e.g. family/personal growth and care), and also to determine your level of satisfaction and fulfilment within each sphere of your life. Are they energy drains, destructive relationships, or do they energize and revitalize you?
From there, the point of being consciously and mindfully aware of how things really are, we can ask ourselves how we would like them to be instead? Which areas would you like to spend more time on? Less time on? And if an area of your life is not providing the satisfaction and fulfilment we desire – i.e. allowing us to feel Wonderfully Energetic and Loving Life (WELL) what can we do to change this? What are our options? Resources? Obstacles? Alternatives?
Working with a Coach on this is extremely valuable as they will guide you on how to access viewpoints and ideas which you may not have been aware of from the ‘problem’ space.
HOW CAN A COACH ASSIST?
Incorporating mindfulness becomes useful herein that when we can calm the monkey mind, racing thoughts and emotions of fear, anxiety etc… this puts us in a more resourceful state where we are able to access talents, abilities and energy which were previously unavailable to us.
One way to do this is to practice the MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) STOP Method as described below: From this point of peace and clarity, our mind becomes open to new ideas and limiting beliefs disappear!
As Tony Robbins said, “There are no unresourceful people only unresourceful states.”
if you would like to explore a more mindful life filled with healthy wellness, contact Robyn today, our resident Wellness, Recovery and Family Coach.