If you’re feeling bewildered, stretched to the limit or just plain out of balance, here’s my list of simple but meaningful ways to promote wellness for yourself.
We do have a Global Wellness Day, challenging us to change one aspect of our lives for one day — but why not say “yes” every day?
Global Wellness Day originated in 2012 when Turkish entrepreneur Belgin Aksoy realized “everything that is precious to us has been honored with a special day,” so why not honor “the only thing which is really valuable to all of us, that is, living well?” Her #SayYes movement spread to at least 52 countries in just three years.
I'm all for a day when our "whole being" gets to be special — it came perfectly timed for my travel-weary bones — but it got me thinking about ways we can promote our own wellness every day.
Even just one restorative act can align the forces of goodness and wellbeing in your favor — in your personal and your business life:
Harvard Business Review is in on the power of ritual, too: "Each time we pause, notice, and offer respect for an activity, it reminds us to appreciate and focus on what we’re about to do. And by elevating each activity, we’ll take it more seriously. We’ll get more pleasure from it. The people with whom we work will feel more respected. And we’ll feel more self-respect — which means we’ll work better with each other. And produce better results."
Say 'Yes' to wellness with one of these 10 easy acts:
- Drink more water
- Take a walk and be mindful of the sights, sounds and smells
- Support your local farmers’ market and create a family dinner
- Do a good deed—it’s scientifically proven to be good for us
- Take time to watch the sun rise and set
- Visit an art museum
- Create something beautiful
- Have a good laugh
- Moisturize! Make contact with yourself with a nourishing oil or lotion
- Go to bed early
What will you say "yes" to today?
Photo by Eu2Be Founder and CEO Charla Jones on a trip sourcing ingredients in Brazil.