ACTIVELY Participate in Your Own Well-Being (Part 2 of 3)
How will being an Active Participant in my Own Well-Being Impact my Life?
Welcome to Part 2 of this blog series. As therapists who think holistically and specialize in helping people tend to their well-being, this topic is one that is near and dear to our hearts. Before we lean into the question, “how will being an active participant in my own well-being impact my life?” we encourage you to read Part 1 of this 3-part series here.
As you’ve contemplated Part 1’s questions: What does my own well-being mean to me? What does my well-being look like? And, how can I actively participate in my own holistic well-being? - what has come up for you?
For most people, its easier to identify answers that connect to your physical health, since this is the area of life we most often hear talked about. It may be tougher to consider what your well-being means to you and looks like in all different parts of your life. When you ask and answer the question that connects to your active participation that’s when the rubber meets the road.
Does your well-being require that you learn to say “no” and think carefully before saying “yes”? For most of us there are behaviors that we need to make that require discipline to change and maintain and it can be wise to secure help with this. For others, there may be choices you need to make (for your own well-being) that might not be well received by the people in your life.
What you discover in this contemplative state naturally leads to the next steps and the tough questions:
What will I need to do differently?
What will I need to do more of?
What will I need to stop doing?
How will this affect me and the people that I love and value?
In theory, everyone benefits over the long haul when we attend to our own well-being, but this doesn’t mean that the changes we need to make are easy.
Self-care is an act of self-love. Your well-being is important and worth your time and focus.
PRACTICING SELF-CARE: Move, Meditate, Create: On Tuesday, July 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Jessica Smigels will lead a group into a meaningful exploration of how you personally can practice the art of self-care. Join online or in-person (6 in person max). Cost is $25 for this 2 hour group. Register here.