Self Care...It's More Important Than We Think [Guest Post]

Personal Growth Starts with Self-Care

Hey Gorgeous!  This month we have a special guest post sent in by Brad Krause, a life coach and founder of selfcaring.info.  I hope you find this just as helpful as I did, and I hope that you start thinking about the 7 Dimensions of Wellness Brad talks about and how you can improve every single one as you move through this journey.  Figuring out the whole food thing is just the beginning :) Xx Laura

 

If you feel stuck and stagnant, it’s time to pay attention to how you treat yourself. Whether in the form of a new job, marriage, education or other life change, growth starts with making small changes to your day that will give you the energy and encouragement to take the first steps toward reaching your goals.

Mental health matters

Planning a major life change can be stressful if you haven’t taken steps to mitigate negative thoughts and feelings. Before you make any big decisions, take a self-evaluation to see if you’re doing everything you can to boost your mental well-being. If you find you have room for improvement, start looking for ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to quash stress by simply changing your outlook. Yoga and meditation, along with mindfulness exercises and deep breathing, can help. These actions give you a moment to pause and consider your situation before reacting negatively, which only exacerbates stress.

Change is hard

Even when you’re on a quest to be your best, making drastic lifestyle changes can be a shock to the system. Take, for example, going back to school. There’s no doubt that earning an added degree can boost your salary, but it also cost money. Instead of thinking about the dollar amount of its value, consider the doors that an education will open. CNN explains that obtaining a new degree can enhance your professional network, which will give you the keys to find new opportunities down the road. Changing jobs can be stressful, too, but likewise comes with benefits that may not be felt immediately upon a title change. U.S. News & World Report offers more details on the best time to switch jobs.

Other life changes include getting married, having a baby and exploring your religion. While all of these are positive, keep in mind that there will be bumps along the way and that’s OK. Without them, there would be no room for self-improvement.

Seven dimensions of wellness

Your physical and mental health are not the only things to consider when thinking about making a change. The University of California Riverside asserts that there are seven dimensions of wellness. These are social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical.

  • Social wellness is how you connect to the people around you. It includes your relationships with friends and family.

  • Emotional wellness is how you feel joy, love, hope, and negative emotions such as stress, fear, and anger.

  • Your spiritual wellness, whether you believe in a higher power or not, helps you achieve harmony.

  • Environmental wellness is the quality of your home and living situation.

  • Occupational health refers to the sense of personal fulfillment you get from your chosen career. Intellectual wellness is your desire to learn and to improve your skill set.

  • Physical wellness is what helps you maintain a quality of life that allows you focus on the other six aspects of yourself as a whole.

Your biggest enemy when it comes to personal growth is simply fear. But, by focusing on your self-care routine and learning to understand the entirety of your health and wellness spectrum, you can overcome fear and embrace change with an open and eager heart.

More About The Author

Hi! I’m Brad, and I welcome you to SelfCaring! It is my goal to help you be the best you that you can be.

After spending far too long neglecting my own self-care, I became a full-time life coach. I spend just about every waking hour helping people find ways to put their wellness above all else. I hope SelfCaring will help you do the same!

Find Brad at selfcaring.info