We all know people in our lives who seem to have it all together. They look great, have healthy bodies, are full of energy and always seem to maintain a healthy weight. Their achievements are remarkable, especially given the modern industrial food environment.
Their secret may lie in the fact that they understand conscious wellness. These people are mindful of what they eat, how they behave and what they think. Throughout their lives, they’ve become adept at monitoring the things that matter for their wellbeing and optimising. Primarily, they’ve gained the skill of wellness, and they are putting it into practice.
Here are some of the daily habits of people who are consistently in good health.
They Put Fruits And Vegetables At The Centre Of Their Meals
Trying to achieve wellness without fruits and vegetables is like trying to play the piano without ever practising. What we eat is the bedrock of both physical and mental health. Without a quality diet, you’re stuck in first gear.
People who understand conscious wellness always make fresh produce the centre of their meals. Even if they have busy lives, they make time for them. It might involve a little extra preparation, but the payoff is worth it. They have more internal resources to deal with other struggles in their lives.
They Practice Self-Soothing
Life can sometimes get a little stressful. And when it does, we can find ourselves doing things that we know are bad for us but provide some immediate light relief. Smoking is a good example. Drinking is another. So too is ordering take-out pizza.
The trick here isn’t to just power through and hope for the best. It’s to learn self-soothing skills - things you can use to make yourself feel better, even if you’re stressed out of your mind. These are essentially mental techniques you use to remind yourself that everything is going to be okay. Yes - clients might be screaming at you down the phone - but that’s all par for the course. Your health is more important.
They Don’t Strive For Work-Life Balance
Yes, you read that right: people who understand conscious wellness don’t strive for a work-life balance.
Here’s the fundamental issue with the concept of work-life balance - there’s no such thing. Very few people can have both high-flying careers and great family lives. It’s just not possible to achieve excellence in both arenas. You either have one or the other. Plus, worrying that you’re not achieving balance counteracts your wellness.
The trick is to adopt conscious wellness, regardless of your priorities. It sounds nice to have a great career and a wonderful family life. But that’s not how reality plays itself out. Often you have to choose and make peace with your decision.
They Prioritise Sleep
Our culture has a sceptical attitude towards sleep. People who spend hours and hours in the sack aren’t lazy, though: they’re smart.
Getting the right amount of sleep for your body is another bedrock of achieving lasting wellness. When you give your body time to rest, it has a chance to repair the damage done during the day and recharge your mental energy. Going to bed and waking up at the same times puts your body in a routine which eventually becomes habitual - you don’t even think about it.
People vary from one another in the amount of sleep that they need. Some only require six hours to function well, while others need nine. Only experimentation will tell you how much you need.
They Say No To Anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling that evolution gave us to avoid dangerous situations. Our ancestors, for instance, would have felt fear when approaching a dangerous wild animal, incentivising them to avoid it.
Today, though, it’s not as helpful. And thanks to our 24/7 culture, it can become chronic.
Those who understand wellness, therefore, take steps to combat anxiety every day. They use meditation, CBD oil or aromatherapy to give them the upper hand.
They Avoid Alcohol
Our culture celebrates alcohol, but people who practice conscious wellness know that they should avoid it like the plague. While it is fine having a drink on special occasions, consuming it regularly can disrupt the natural balance in the body and leave you feeling a little worse for wear. Alcohol, for instance, disrupts both sleep and metabolism. Over the long-term, it can lead to weight gain. And it damages delicate tissues in the body, such as the blood vessels under the skin. Ultimately, it saps your energy and leaves you feeling tired all the time, especially after the weekend.