We tend to fall back on exercise and nutrition as the things we need to change. Although they are important components they are not the only factors in our overall wellness and happiness. There are seven dimensions of wellness. We can not hope to overdo few and negate the others and achieve true health in our last years.
How well do you balance your seven dimensions of wellness during each week? Chances are in the physical dimension you'll have much more to include with sleep, exercise, and nutrition.
The bigger question is how do you do in the other areas of your wellness? As we age, evidence is mounting, for instance, that spirituality or “a purpose” and social connections are as important as food choices and exercise.
In the emotional dimension you could change your mood with laughter at a sitcom, funny book or movie. Social connections can be strengthened with a phone call, girls night out, round of golf with friends or a a date. Enhance your spiritual wellness with a lazy Sunday morning the way you like to spend it, attending a church service, walking in nature, or meditation. You start your intellectual wellness by reading a book, attending a webinar. Take care of your environmental wellness by recycling, repurposing things you no longer need or use, gardening, or supporting local farmer's markets. For your professional or financial dimension you may spend time prioritizing, organizing to be more productive, and carrying out your productivity plan.
Are you short on time? Find yourself wondering how you'll fit it all in? The answer might lie in what you need to stop doing. Below is a list. These are all actions, except for number 10 which may be the most important.
What To Stop Doing
1. Social Media, Email and surfing the 'net. Admit it, you fall down rabbit holes and end up wasting an hour easily.
2. Running “errands.” Either schedule a time, hire it done, or make it convenient by doing everything at the grocery store and combine your stops.
3. Watching television. Is that really productive? Without it's with a purpose and serves a dimension of wellness, eliminate it.
4. Running to the grocery store for one or two things. Plan ahead, make a list, make a trip and make due.
5. Cooking just one meal. Make doubles or triples. Eat now, refrigerate leftovers and freeze portions.
6. Interruptions. Disconnect. Turn your email browser off when you're in the middle of something important. Do not carry your phone to exercise.
7. Doing laundry randomly. Make it a time when you can focus on it and get it done. Answer your emails between loads. Necessary but not priority.
8. Wasting time in the car. Books on tape, soothing music, or record yourself taking notes for ideas for work or the grocery list.
9. Saying “yes” when it means “no” to your taking care of yourself. Respect your time and your needs.
10. Feeling guilty about taking care of you before you give away your time and energy to someone else.
You can create a simple weekly chart with space to add your activities for each dimension of wellness. If you prefer, put yourself to the test with this chart.
Finding time for exercise and for you, means stop doing what robs you of time. As you become more productive you'll easily find time for the things that matter to you.