There are so many options of things that may improve wellbeing. There’s: relaxation techniques, body work, talking therapies, energy alignment, soul cleansing, etc.
What seems “woo woo” or cliché to one person, is completely in line with another’s world view. A logical and scientific standpoint would hold the idea of stilling your mind and allowing time for self-awareness as beneficial both physically and mentally. While benefits can also be drawn from viewing this kind of practice in a spiritual light. In fact, there is an increasing overlap between the scientific and spiritual positions.
However, this blog is not about this overlap.
Having so many wellbeing options can definitely be a good thing. Choice is nice and and surely with so much variety, there’s something for everyone.
The problem lies in the reality, that is, that there’s a steady increase in the number of people in the UK with various wellbeing complaints (be it mental, physical and/or financial wellbeing). A lot of people are struggling a great deal with their wellbeing.
It’s the usual paradox (outlined in the paradox of our times); we have so much of the supposed answer to our problems, yet the issue persists.
Of course there are people who are enjoying sustainable wellbeing. Those who either have an innate management for their wellness or those who have found and enjoy the benefits of their preferred wellbeing option. So, what can be learnt from them?
These people generally aren’t distracted by new and alternative wellness options. They may dip their toe in fads and quick fixes but they largely recognise that this is a recreational activity, a sensory experience and not the cornerstone to their sustained wellbeing.
Whether it’s meditation, or weekly coaching that forms the foundation that they give credit to for their sustained wellbeing; of equal importance is that it is incorporated into their daily life. It’s not ad hoc, a holiday activity, or only for when they “find time”. Be it a habit, and/or lifestyle, those with a sustainable wellbeing practice generally make time and they’re not waiting to start someday in the future, they’re doing it right now and experiencing the benefits of improved wellbeing, today.
Random uptake of wellness options often equals fleeting benefits. I think that this is where the short-term fix, or the sensory experience can be enjoyed. Repetition, though; however unattractive it sounds (in comparison to quick fixes); is what we generally need for sustained wellbeing.
This idea isn’t revolutionary. It’s widely known that short term fixes become fads. Long-term positive practices pay-off.
If you want to find an excuse, there can be a “but” (an excuse), finding one is a personal choice, or habit. So, if you want to find one, I’ll leave that bit up to you.
What I can say with confidence is that although there is no one size that fits all, there is something for everyone!
I’m sharing this as an introduction of more to come from Leask Coaching surrounding sustainable wellbeing. If you’re interested in finding out more, the follow-up blog will be on what wellbeing option suits you best.
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