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Tips to Improve Your Well-Being

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I was featured today on Slowly Speaking in an article by blog author Serena discussing “Your Well-Being, What’s the Big Deal?”

Here are some of my responses to the questions asked, you can review the full article here.

What does well-being mean to you?
I consider well-being as when a person is in a state of comfort and happiness within themselves.
This is a person feels safe to express themselves in an honest manner, and free to live their lives on their terms.
How can a person improve their well-being? How do you personally improve your well-being? (Activities etc)

These are my recommendations/ strategies for improving general well-being:

Removal of Toxic Situations/ People

There is honestly no way to move forward into a state of well-being if our environment is not healthy. The places and the people we spend our time with are two of the greatest indicators of general well being. In order to be happy, we have to let go of the things that are causing us pain and holding us back. This one can be tough. Sometimes toxic people can be our family or people we have known for a long time; toxic situations can be a job that we have worked at for many years. Living authentically can be terrifying, because when we start to do this people and situations that have been around for a long time fall away. Sometimes we prefer the uncomfortable to the unfamiliar. however, it has to be done in order to reach a positive state.Body Care
It is hard to feel good when your body is not in a state of good health. Eating nutritious food (Fruits and vegetables) and taking healthy supplements such as probiotics make a big difference in overall health. Also spending time in nature and moving your body in any way you like (dancing, walking, running, exercise classes) all contribute to a general state of wellness.

Cultivating Intuition
We have a little voice inside of us that tells us what is right and wrong for us specifically, even though it may be different from what society deems appropriate. Each of us is here to have our own unique set of experiences. There are many situations that arise in life where there is no right or wrong answer. Learning to actively cultivate intuition and follow it blindly, and be true to yourself even if it doesn’t make sense at first is one of the best things we can do for our overall well-being.
Stress Reduction
We all know that too much stress can be a killer. Finding ways to reduce stress is critical if one is to achieve a state of well-bring. Listening to guided meditations, turning off social media/ technology, spending time in nature and laughing with friends and family are all great stress-reduction techniques.Doing work you are passionate about
We spend the majority of our lives working. It is very difficult to be happy and healthy when you are stuck in a job you hate. Taking steps to discover your passion in life and finding ways to turn that into a revenue source is one of the greatest actions you can take to improve your well-being. It is a wonderful feeling to be earning money doing work that you would do for free because you love it so much. If you are transitioning, have a plan and a strategy to make sure your bills are taken care of, but make those steps towards doing work that you love.

Gratitude
Starting each day thinking about all the things you are thankful for is a great way to develop a general state of well-being. When we focus on what we don’t have this causes a lot of stress, anxiety and depression. There is always something to be grateful for, and if we focus on the good things in life we tend to get a lot more of them.

Why do you think so many people neglect their well-being? 
We are taught everything under the sun except how to love and take care ourselves and when we don’t know how to do this, it makes it easy for us to fall into negative mental and physical habits. It took me a long time to realize that I need to put myself first.
I used to be a chronic people-pleaser, constantly putting others needs before my own and this eventually resulted in a major strain on my mental state and overall well-being. Through a lot of self-work, I have recognized I am able to give and help others a lot more than when I feel overwhelmed and run down.I think a lot of people don’t know how to take care of themselves or because of their life experiences may not feel worthy enough to practice self-care. A lot of the work I do is targeted at empowering others to see their worth and put themselves first, because I did not know my own worth for such a long time.

Thought you guys may find the information shared useful.

– The Curvy Trini

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