You know that feeling when you just take those five extra minutes in the shower to exfoliate and shave every inch of your body to then cover it with coconut oil (or whatever cream/oil) and leave the house feeling like the Goddess of Softness? Or that feeling of freshness and achievement after hours of cleaning the house – while wearing a facemask – and everything, including your face, looks spic-and-span?
This, my dear friends, is the feeling of self-care wellness: wellness that we achieve thanks to self-care actions.
If you think this sounds complicated, wait for me to use the word instagramability, it will blow your mind.
The Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of California state on their webpage: “Wellness matters.” And it really does, but we need to stop thinking that we will only achieve it through self-care actions that require a great amount of Instagramability rather than actual care for ourselves. My favorite definition of wellness comes from The National Wellness Institute: “a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.”
Achieving wellness is an active process of becoming aware of what your body and your mind need to achieve a healthy fulfilling life. This, of course, includes making everyday choices and doing things that require a little bit more effort. Like choosing to eat a healthier lunch or sticking to a planned budget, getting rid of toxic people or quitting a horrible habit; but in the end, it all adds to having a more balanced sustained happiness. Let me tell you a little bit about The Virtuous Cycle, refer to the picture below. You start by having good goals, to achieve them you take good actions and plant good seeds. Finally, you collect good results. I will explain a little further each of the steps to the cycle, but this will come later in my next post. For now, it is important for me to explain to you (the reader), how good it feels and how important it is to achieve continuous wellness.
On the other hand, there are also simpler things that make us feel proud(ish) and good about ourselves, things that make us feel like we transformed into a better version of ourselves when in reality we only changed the color of our manicure. Get it? But do not underestimate it, wellness may often be seen as something we can only seek when we “deserve it”, when in reality the more we give importance to self-care and wellness, the more content and proud we will be about everything else we do in life.
So, either if it comes in the shape of a dreamy bath or in the shape of well-organized finances, the importance of detoxifying from stress and bad-habits and organizing yourself to be just a bit better every day, is the sole core of choosing to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. And it’s simple; you need to start with the conscious decision to shape a healthy living and keep at it EVERY – SINGLE – DAY.