Saturday, 3 May 2014

Wellbeing // What does wellbeing mean to you?


This second addition to the series "what does wellbeing mean to you?", has been answered by Dana. She gives a wonderful insight in to how your perception of wellbeing grows and change, as you adapt and seek change in life. Enjoy!

Wellbeing, for me, changes as we grow and adapts to the life that we live. For example, when I was younger, it was about getting better (after being very ill), going to college and proving to myself that I was well enough to achieve, just like everybody else.

Throughout my twenties, it was about proving that I could hold down a job and I constantly worked a ridiculous number of hours, beyond what my body could manage. I always gave to other people without receiving, and my pride got in the way of being holistically happy. I felt that self-care was essentially selfish. I learned that this wasn't a good plan. If you give and give, but never receive, you will eventually strip yourself bare until you have nothing left to give anymore.

  "If you give and give, but never receive, you will eventually strip yourself bare until you have nothing left to give anymore"


After having my little girl, life changed. I couldn't be all those things to all people, work silly hours, deal with thyroid disease and look after my daughter. There just wasn't enough hours in the day, or enough energy in my life-force, and eventually, my body gave up on me. The saying, 'you don't see the woods for the trees' is so true, but then again, hindsight is a wonderful thing. 

Wellbeing, for me, is currently about being holistically happy, and keeping my energy levels balanced. I don't feel that I have to prove myself to anyone anymore. Self care isn't a selfish thing, and I'm not talking about going shopping or painting my nails. I'm talking about standing up for my rights and what I believe in, accepting what my body can cope with, not pushing my limits, learning to say no (but also learning to say yes to the right things), and spending time with people that make me laugh.

 "wellbeing, for me, is currently about being holistically happy, and keeping my energy levels balanced"

When I'm tired or stressed, it has a knock on effect on those around me. It makes it harder to deal with family life and  work. The more tired I am, the more tired I become, and enter vicious circle.

Good food, good sleep + a few hearty laughs during the day = happy me. Simple as that!

 You can find Dana over at heartyhabits.com and you can tweet her here .Hearty Habits is where Dana discusses topics such as wellbeing, holistic health care and living a non toxic lifestyle. Make sure you check her out.

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