Well-being is a complex combination of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social health. Well-being is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction, to quality of life. In short, how you feel about yourself and your life.
Every facet of your life influences well-being. Researchers have found many factors enhance a person’s well-being, such as close, intimate relationships; diet, exercise and sufficient sleep; self-esteem and a positive outlook; a career you enjoy; having sufficient money; spiritual beliefs and a sense of purpose and belonging; time for leisure pursuits; and setting realistic goals while being adaptable to change.
There are many approaches and modalities available for improving any one of these facets. A good place to start is to determine where you feel you need improvement, and look for tools and/or people to assist you in addressing those areas. If you feel you have more than one, (and most of us do!), don’t try to tackle them together—work with one at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself. Focusing on one facet will allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment.
If you aren’t sure where to start, try a mindfulness meditation—an ancient practice of paying attention to the moment. By sitting quietly with your attention focused on what is present for you right now without judgment, you may let go of both the past and future. Focus on your breath with your awareness on the air moving in and out of your body. Feel the rise and fall of your chest and belly. Notice that you do not have to “do” anything; the body breathes by itself, allowing you to be an observer.
As thoughts arise, don’t try to suppress them. Simply notice them. If you find yourself carried away by these thoughts—or caught in any of the emotion they may engender—return your focus to your breath. When you feel your time is at an end, open your eyes and pay attention to your physical surroundings.
Another idea is to be in a place of gratitude. An article in the peer-reviewed journal, Psychiatry MMC states, “…experiencing gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation tends to foster positive feelings, which in turn, contribute to one’s overall sense of well-being.” Remember, there is always something to be grateful for.
There are many Hemi-Sync® exercises offering a variety of tools and techniques for enhanced well-being. Whatever facet— physical, mental, emotional or spiritual well-being —you choose, we wish you success in your pursuit of happiness, health and wholeness.
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