Friday,22 September, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1324, (15 - 21 December 2016)
Friday,22 September, 2017
Issue 1324, (15 - 21 December 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Starting your wellness journey

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

What matters most in life is often viewed as marginal to the things that we usually focus on. Passion takes a backseat to production, wellness to working, and balance to busyness.

Therefore, when celebrating birthdays, don’t just count the years, make the years count. Stop focusing on your age and start meditating on your life at this moment and how you can make it better. Discover what matters most to you and make your daily life a true reflection of those beliefs and attitudes. 

Luckily, it’s never too late to begin your journey into wellness. Here are some tips you can take to start your wellness programme today:

- Write out your goals based on your wellness vision. Goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, action-based, realistic and time-oriented.

 - Make a list of the obstacles that can get in the way of living a life of wellness. Then determine which ones are true problems to work around or find solutions to.
 
- Lay out a plan for accomplishing your goals, as well as solutions for overcoming any hurdles.

- Begin your journey where you’re standing. Accept where you are and where you need to be and begin the steps necessary to bridge that gap. If, however, you find that old issues keep popping up, preventing you from reaching your goals, you may need to seek counselling. Sometimes the only way to move forward is to go backwards first.

- Take one step at a time. In life, you must take certain steps in order to reach a place of well-being and make it fit your lifestyle.
- Learn from your setbacks. Making mistakes and experiencing failure is all part of being human. Rather than being down on yourself, take that setback and turn it into something positive you can use to reach your goals.

- Create a list of your activities and decide which ones aren’t contributing to your overall purpose in life. De-fluff that schedule and concentrate on those activities that bring meaning to your life and ultimately also to others.

- Stop comparing yourself to a fantasy and just be the best you that you can be. Those images of perfect bodies that bombard us every day are the results of computer imagery, great lighting, professional make-up artists, self-starvation, plastic surgery and really good genes.

- Reward yourself for your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. A meal at your favourite restaurant, going to the movies, a new outfit, a bubble bath… whatever you wouldn’t normally take the time to do, as long as it contributes to your well-being, is a great reward.

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