When it comes to self care, there are plenty of magazines, books, websites, gurus, movements and courses to help guide you. Many of these do a lot of good for a lot of people, but while we may increase our wellness by being kinder and gentler to ourselves, we may also increase our stress levels by placing more expectations on ourselves.
If you're looking for ways to increase your wellness, we have three ways you can take some action and make that happen: taking more action in your life may be the key to the wellness that you’re looking for.
How To Increase Your Wellness By Taking More Action In Life
Confront The Things You've Been Putting Off For Too Long
“Wellness” is the state of being that stands in stark opposition to the perpetual low-level anxiety and stress that many of us find ourselves experiencing on a daily basis.
The thing is, there are many potential sources of that stress, and many things that we could productively do to reduce it in our lives.
One of the major sources of stress is having a dozen, if not a hundred, if not a thousand different things haunting us, that we know we should have dealt with but have been putting off for far too long.
An action-oriented approach to life can drive us to confront things we’ve been putting off for far too long, and can help us to start knocking down and destroying all the little dominoes and hurdles that are weighing us down emotionally and psychologically, because we’ve been delaying necessary action.
Take Responsibility For Your Own Actions
It can be difficult to have a well-developed sense of well-being, and “wellness” in general, when you always feel as if you’re completely at the mercy of external forces, and have little if any say in how your life turns out.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are prone to putting themselves in this position by adopting a “go with the flow” mindset, that essentially says that “Providence will sort things out.”
But the universe isn’t just a benevolent place – there’s plenty of good in it, and beauty, and all of that, but there is also misfortune, shortcoming, disease, and “bad stuff” in general.
Taking more action in your own life, puts you more in control of your own life. It allows you to begin moving the pieces on the gameboard of your life in the direction that you want. It allows you to stop looking for help from outside, and start finding it within.
If you want a satisfying, well-paid career, for instance, you’ve got to come up with a clear intention and vision, and then you’ve got to work hard for it.
By failing to take an action-oriented approach to your life, you essentially reduce the chances that you are going to live a life as satisfying as you would like, to just about zero.
Break The Cycle Of Rumination
Action is the perfect antidote to the endless cycle of rumination and negative thinking that so many of us are prone to falling into from time to time.
When times are tough, in particular, we are all susceptible to getting trapped in our own thought bubbles, and spending a lot of time wishing for things to be different, imagining the worst, scaring ourselves, psyching ourselves out, making ourselves feel disheartened about the past, and just generally doing ourselves no favours. These thought processes get us no where in life: do you really need us to tell you that negative thoughts get you nowhere in life?
When you start taking action, you start moving out of the realm of mental anguish and “what ifs.” Instead, you start affecting the shape of the way things will be in future.