Finding Peace, Clarity & Happiness - Well-being

Psychological well-being consists of positive relationships with others, personal mastery, autonomy, a feeling of purpose and meaning in life. Achieving Overall Personal development.

But how do you maintain a healthy well-being?

My Pinterest board aptly named Well-being contains 5 sub categories: Ayurveda, Nutrition, Self-care, Meditation & Yoga. Personally these are how I maintain my overall well-being. Now, well-being might mean something completely different to you and that’s ok! Nobody’s outlook will look exactly the same, in fact, mine might even change in the next few months, years and so on. But, right now these are my 5 so let’s dive into.....

My top 5 well-being practices for Finding peace, clarity & happiness

Ayurveda 

Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems.

Without going into too much detail (I have a blog post coming soon) The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are 1) the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and 2) nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. Ayurveda is a personalised approach to health, and knowing your mind-body type allows you to make optimal choices about diet, exercise, supplements, and all other aspects of your lifestyle

Nutrition

I can’t stress this enough with the nutrition category - This has nothing to do with dieting & restriction it’s giving your body the nutrients you need to thrive.

I am a firm believer that your diet affects your mental well-being & That our bodies are designed to eat with the seasons.

How exactly does our food affect our mental well-being?

Foods trіggеrs an emotional response, whether it be negative or positive. Our body sends signals to our brain that acknowledges if we are feeling “better” and associates that food with comfort & happiness. Some foods in turn make us feel energetic whilst others lethargic. Last year I decided to eliminate all animal produce & go vegan. As a result, I feel more emotionally resilient and less vulnerable to the impact of stress and drama on my mood.

Here’s some Foods I eat

  • Dark leafy greens - vitamins A, C, E, K, minerals, & phytochemicals.

  • Walnuts - Omega 3

  • Avocado - Vitamin K, B9, B6, B5 C & E12

  • Berries - Antioxidants

  • Mushrooms - Lower blog sugar & promote healthy gut

  • Onions - Allium

  • Tomatoes - Folic acid

  • Beans - Mood stabilising fibre

  • Seeds - Omega 3

  • Apples - Antioxidants & Fibre

How & Why we should eat with the seasons?

Many of the foods that grow during each season are there to support us as our environment changes. Our supermarkets reflect this (more independent whole-food markets rather than chain supermarkets) You might have never notified that Large chain supermarkets Fruit & veg stays pretty much the same all year round. This is because it’s imported from across the word. Occasionally, it’s a new season and you might spot strange looking vegetables you’ve never seen before. These are locally sourced from farms for that season. Meaning it’s fresher, tastier & sustainable.

Foods in season Now

  • Apples

  • Artichoke

  • Butternut squash

  • Chillies

  • Cranberries

  • Leeks

  • Parsnips

  • Pears

  • Pomegranate

  • Pumpkin

  • Shallots

  • Swede

Self-care / Mindfulness

Self-care is an umbrella term which covers all aspects of your life

Spiritual

Emotional

Financial

Environmental

Social

Physical

Intellectual

For this blog post I’m focusing on the Emotional, specifically on the mindfulness aspect. Some people argue mindfulness is more a spiritual practice as it relates to or affects the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. I agree however, I think it has a huge impact on your emotional well-being more.

How I’m being (& you can too) more mindful

  • Observing your thoughts

  • Being mindful in activities

  • Connecting with nature

  • Breathing

  • Focusing

  • Eating mindfully

  • Unplug digitally

Meditation

Meditation has been an integral part of eastern spirituality for roughly 4,000 years.

Meditation helps me to stay more in the moment and as somebody who is easily distracted by background chatter meditating helps me stay focused in what I’m doing.

Yoga

As a beginner I’m practising Hatha yoga it’s focus being on physical & mental strength. It’s designed to stimulate the mind-body connection through combing poses with breathing. I can 100% say since practising I am more calm & focused. Hopefully soon I can move on Kundalini Yoga which is one of the more spiritual styles focuses on the root chakra.

Before I really prioritised well-being I was the “New year new me” poster girl but as soon as I adopted new year same me, my mental well-being drastically changed.

 

this blog post was written in response to Elizabeth Dhokia’s Blog every day November - Day 4 Health.