The Key Wellness Pillars and Habits I am Prioritizing in My Life This 12 months | Wit & Delight


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In final week’s publish, I outlined the baseline for my general bodily, emotional, and psychological well being: a day by day routine. It’s a tough schedule propped up round how my vitality tends to circulation. This vitality is straight associated to my bodily and psychological well being. I’ve been tweaking it since final fall and it’s grow to be strong and constant sufficient to face up to the curse of boredom—which is once I normally give in to the urge to attempt one thing new or throw away the routine solely. The novelty of newness will all the time be my siren tune. 


Right now I wish to talk about my wellness habits in additional element—with flexibility on the forefront. Once more, none of that is new, none of that is groundbreaking. What’s new and groundbreaking (for me) is the explanation why I prioritize these habits over others.

Why I Prioritize Wellness Habits

The explanation these wellness habits have caught is that I’m not doing them to attain a particular purpose (like checking containers daily). I’m doing them as a result of they make me really feel higher. Some days I can give attention to one or two of those habits. Some days I do all of them. More often than not, I’m at 70%. It’s not concerning the time spent or the depth—it’s about staying constant. 

I don’t prioritize every wellness pillar equally. One is normally extra dominant than the others on any given week, and this scale can tip in a unique route every time I want it to. Most days have lots of selection. The pillars make it simpler to make sure I can pursue life in my distinctive approach and defend myself from the cycle I do know so properly: melancholy and burnout. 

It’s not concerning the time spent or the depth—it’s about staying constant. 

A Wellness Blueprint Distinctive to You

A be aware earlier than we get into it: What makes me really feel good may not be what makes you’re feeling good. My definition of excellent could be completely different than yours. I extremely advocate asking your self what “feeling good” means to you and constructing your routine and pillars of wellness round that. There could be loads much less confusion round well being and wellness if we prioritized listening to our interior instinct and physique cues over another person’s routine. Your physique, your alternative. 

With that mentioned: These are my 4 pillars of wellness and examples of how they present up in my life.

My Private Wellness Pillars in 2024

1. Sleep and Relaxation

This pillar is primary for a motive. With out it, I’m toast. I like to consider relaxation as an exercise as an alternative of pondering of it as not doing something. Prioritizing relaxation is a present to me! For me, this pillar isn’t restricted solely to the act of resting my physique; it pertains to any behavior that helps with overwhelm. Beneath is a listing of what I do to refill my cup.

Wellness Habits Associated to Sleep and Relaxation

  • I sleep at the least seven hours an evening. 
  • I attempt to wait at the least an hour within the morning earlier than having espresso. (It’s arduous and I fail usually!)
  • I restrict caffeine in the course of the day, which helps me sleep higher at night time.
  • I follow mindfulness when overwhelmed.
  • I work in twenty-five-minute sprints with five-minute breaks in between. (It’s known as the Pomodoro Approach! Extra information right here.)
  • I write issues down versus attempting to carry all of it in my head. 
  • I don’t drink exterior of social events. 
  • I hold a calendar and pocket book beside my mattress to seize something I’d want to recollect tomorrow. 
  • I don’t use my telephone earlier than mattress (or earlier than breakfast most days).
  • I hardly ever watch TV earlier than mattress. 

2. Gasoline 

This pillar contains consuming meals that really feel good in my physique and in addition the issues I’m feeding my thoughts: what I’m studying, motion pictures I’m watching, and leisure that fills me up. I’ve discovered I get probably the most from my “gasoline” actions if I’m alone or with my household (a real introvert). It contains actions that generally overlap with work, however the crucial distinction is these actions depart me feeling energized and fulfilled—not drained and depleted. The record under is a bingo card of issues that give me vitality. For me, gasoline would possibly appear to be any of the next.

Wellness Habits That Gasoline and Energize Me

  • Cooking a nourishing meal
  • Being exterior
  • Prioritizing wholesome fat, protein, leafy greens, fruits, and veggies in my meal plans
  • Consuming darkish chocolate
  • Studying cookbooks
  • Listening to music
  • Studying a e-book in my favourite chair
  • Watching a film on my “watch” record
  • Flipping via AD magazines and occasional desk books
  • Taking a MasterClass
  • Organizing my areas
  • Decluttering my dwelling
  • Cuddling with my youngsters and Joe
  • Meditating
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3. Exercise

The subsequent pillar is concerning the actions I prioritize. Many of those examples construct confidence and resilience as a result of I’m not “comfy” in the course of the course of. I do them to problem myself and,  virtually all the time, I really feel higher because of this. These are my “simply do it” actions—ones I don’t all the time wish to do however by no means remorse afterward. 

Wellness Habits That Prioritize Exercise

  • Doing Pilates, whether or not at a reformer class or at dwelling
  • Occurring a long term or stroll
  • Enjoying tennis
  • Engaged on enterprise plans
  • Posting on social media
  • Rising private finance acumen
  • Writing
  • Designing
  • Gardening
  • Studying a ability that doesn’t come naturally to me (e.g., talking French, taking part in guitar)
  • Socializing with a big group of buddies
  • Internet hosting giant dinner events
  • Taking the children on an journey
  • Having a sport night time with my household
  • Cooking with the children
  • Planning journeys and touring

I attempt to juggle these three pillars, realizing there’ll by no means be a “excellent” steadiness. There are seasons the place sleep and relaxation are a better precedence and others once I’m in a circulation state and work later or extra usually than typical. There are seasons when it’s crucial to push myself previous discomfort. The pillars are right here (like my day by day routine) to function a information and assist my vitality. 

A be aware: Throughout a protracted interval of over-prioritizing self-care, I discovered that the sensation of difficult myself was as necessary to my psychological well being as sleep and relaxation. This may not be the identical for you. However it’s price contemplating if you end up caught in a state of apathy. 

And talking of vitality, the final pillar is…

4. Boundaries

Boundaries don’t come naturally to me. I wish to say sure to all of the issues. I really like a full plate. Feeling like what I do issues to another person fulfills me. I really like my family and friends and wish to give all I can to attach with them. However we can’t do all the issues, particularly not . Due to that, I all the time come again to contemplating my vitality—what fills my cup and what depletes it. 

This pillar is the place I’m studying probably the most nowadays. It’s uncomfortable to set arduous boundaries when a part of me desires to go to that present or tackle that additional challenge I do know I can’t totally decide to. What has helped is making a listing of what depletes me. Then, if I can see a connection between what I wish to decide to and the way I do know I’ll really feel afterward, it’s a simple “no.” 

Issues That Deplete Me

  • Ambiguous initiatives with ambiguous deadlines
  • Unpaid labor
  • Gossip
  • Common negativity and helplessness
  • Being round individuals who catastrophize
  • Black-and-white pondering
  • Multitasking
  • Remark sections on social media
  • Doomscrolling
  • Advantage signaling
  • Rumination and fear
  • Self-help as a way to repair oneself

I hope studying via my wellness habits and pillars was on the very least intriguing, even when yours look a lot completely different than mine. Subsequent week, I’m going to be writing concerning the modifications I’ve made to my journaling and private development habits. It’s the realm of my life that has modified probably the most thus far in 2024. 

Kate is the founding father of Wit & Delight. She is presently studying tips on how to play tennis and is ceaselessly testing the boundaries of her artistic muscle. Observe her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.

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