3 More Questions to a Better You!

3 More Questions to a Better You!

What would it take to be a better you? As I continue to talk to women about wellbeing, I know how hard it is to put new habits into place.  One friend I was talking to realized she could give herself more energy management.  After a busy weekend of speaking and traveling, she allowed herself a day of down time.  Before, she would have kept plowing through, to the detriment of her health.  What are you beginning to notice?

We talked last week about social, physical and career/purpose wellbeing.  This week, let’s look at  financial, community and spiritual wellbeing. Let the following questions guide your vision of a healthier you!

Financial Wellbeing- ­­How content are you as you spend your money?

Interestingly enough, money doesn’t buy wellbeing although it is needed to have enough for food, shelter, transportation- the basics. Without those basics, finances can be stressful.  After basics are met, the positives of money come from being able to spend it on others.  Studies show that spending it on experiences and creating memories also have a lasting effect on your well-being, rather than on material things.

What is your financial outlook?  Where are you on the financial scale,1-10 (with 10 being easy-peasy to give away) of spending money on others?  What about on experiences?  What visions and intentions do you want to foster for your financial wellbeing?

Community Wellbeing- How well do you like and are involved in your community?

Community has to do with where you live and play.  Do you feel safe in your community?  How active are you in your community?  Attachments to a community are first based on security, then personality, family, interests and personal pursuits.  For my husband and I, we chose the Madison, WI area because of the university, availability of work, the beauty and the friendly Midwest culture. What made you choose the community you now live in?

After living in the city for 26 years, we ended moving to a beautiful, oak grove outside of Madison.  I was suffering from daily headaches at the time and needed the quiet.  The older I got, the louder the interstate traffic got near our home in the city.  We made an intentional choice for our well-being. What a difference the beauty and the quiet have made for both of us! What community changes may you need or want to make for your well-being?

Spiritual Wellbeing – What spiritual practices can connect you to better health?

According to research being done at the University of Minnesota, there is a growing body of evidence that indicates spiritual practices are associated with better health and wellbeing.

One of the major ways to spiritual wellbeing considered are contemplative practices, those practices that guide you to a specific focus, often an inward-looking reflection or concept.  These contemplative practices are shown to increase compassion, empathy, and attention as well as quiet the mind.

Some of these contemplative practices include:

  • Mindful meditation, in which you take time to focus on your breathing has shown to induce feelings of calm and clear-headedness as well as improve concentration and attention.
  • Prayer, a belief that there is a higher power that has a level of influence over your life, can provide a relaxation response as well as feelings of hope, gratitude and compassion. People who believed God was at work in their health and wellbeing responded to better to treatment more than those who did not.
  • Journaling, considered a contemplative practice in that it helps you become more aware of your inner life and get connected to the thoughts swirling in your head. By placing your thoughts on paper, you have the opportunity to make meaning out of what is going on in your life.

For me, this has been my greatest area of growth for my health.  By taking the time to pray, reflect and quiet my mind daily, I have been restored to hope, joy and contentment.  I have a more healthy mind, released from the anxiety and depression I experienced early and I am grateful.

What is your vision of wellbeing?

From these last two blogs, how do you begin to envision and create your own pathway to a life of better wellbeing?

Social – Who do you spend time with every day?

Physical – What choices do you make every day?

Career/Purpose- Do you like what you do each day?

Finances – How content are you with how you spend your money?

Community – How well do you like your community and how involved are you?

Spiritual – What spiritual practices are connecting you to better health?

A vision board helps you visualize a preferred future in each of these areas.  Scientific studies reveal that when you visualize an action, you stimulate the same brain regions as when you actually perform that action.

One athletic study proved that visualization enabled nationally ranked gymnasts to execute several complex tricks for the first time. Visualization has also been shown to improve high jumpers clearing the bar!

In other words, your brain can be trained to create outcomes you most want.

So, begin to gather those visions in each area.  Join me and other women April 1st for a day long retreat in the Stoughton, WI area and invest in a day for yourself to create your well-being vision.  Check out the details on my facebook page and contact me for more details.  Now is the time to set your vision and intentions to move forward on your wellbeing.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

5 Questions to Check on Your Own Wellbeing

With the end of summer approaching, it is a good time to reflect on your own state of health and well-being.  Fall tends to bring its own busyness and the end of summer can be a time to take a little reflection time to check in with your mind, body and soul to determine what is the state of my wellbeing?

Much research and print these days is dedicated to your happiness and health.  Wellbeing isn’t just about being happy, or wealthy or physically fit. In the research that Gallup has done, they have researched people across 150 countries and found five interconnected elements that shape our lives: Career Wellbeing, Sociall Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, and Community Wellbeing.  In the book, Wellbeing, The Five Essential Elements, Tom Rath and Jim Harter give you insights behind the research and ways to incorporate the research into your daily life.  As a life coach focused on self-care, I am intensely interested in your wellbeing.   How can we work together to identify your own thriving wellbeing?

Career Wellbeing  – Do you like what you do each day?

In thinking about your work or career, the basic question is, Do you like what you do each day?   We spend the majority of our waking hours at what we consider our job, work or career.  In Jeff Goins, The Art of Work, he envisions work as more of a “passion-fueled calling that makes each day an exciting adventure.”   How are using your strengths on a daily basis?  Where are you on a scale of 1-10 with ten being madly in love with what you do?  Your career greatly impacts your health, your thinking, your emotions and your outlook on life.

Social Wellbeing- Who do you spend time with?

Research shows that our social networks matter.  Family, friends, community associations and co-workers have a big impact on whether we have a good day or a bad day.  Positive social interaction increases our positive emotions of love, peace, joy and interests.  Data suggests we need six hours of positive interaction a day!  This can be on the phone, with co-workers, emailing and other communications.  Even three hours of positive interaction reduces the odds of a bad day to 10%.  How do you choose your social network, finding friends and time with family?  Rate your social network on a scale of 1-10.  Think about ways you can strengthen your social network, such as people around your friendship table.

Financial Wellbeing- ­­How do you spend your money?

Interestingly enough, money doesn’t buy wellbeing although it is needed to have enough for basics of food, shelter, transportation, etc.  After basics are met, the positives of money came from being able to spend it on others as well as being able to spend it on experiences and creating memories, rather than on things.  What about you?  Where are you on the financial scale – 1-10 of spending money on others?  What about on experiences?   Take some time to ponder these ideas.  What differences might they make in your financial wellbeing?

Physical Wellbeing- What choices do you make every day?

Regardless of your physical health, each day you make a choice.  You are either getting healthier by the choices you make, or less healthy.  For example, I need to be exercising outdoors on a daily basis as it would help my mood.  Am I?  No, for some reason, getting out the door is challenging.  The day gets away from me before I know it.  I know what I need to be doing to be thriving, I haven’t got it in my daily habits yet.  The list goes on – eating, exercising, rest,…(I do well with rest.)  What about you?  How would you rate your physical wellbeing and self-care?  What do you need to do to get more things involved as habits?

Community Wellbeing-How well do you like and are involved in your community?

This area has a lot to do with where you live and play.  Do you feel safe in your community?  How active are you in your community?  What about your church, your volunteer organizations, your civic groups?  Security is the top attachment to a community, then people report attachments according to their personality, family, interests and personal pursuits.  I know for me and my family, we chose where we live because of the proximity to a university, the beauty of the area, the change of seasons (ha! – we live in WI) and the culture of the Midwest.  What about you?  How are you feeling connected to your community?

How did you score on your wellbeing (rate each area on a scale of 1-10)?  Top score would be 50 if you are off the charts in every area.  You will probably find you are lower in some scales than others.  How surprising was this to you?  You can make changes in your wellbeing.  What will be your next steps?  For me, it was working with a coach because I was very low in physical wellbeing and career wellbeing.  Another client I worked with changed communities.

I would love to work with you.  Your wellbeing depends on having the support you need to make changes.  Contact me for your introductory session and join me for comments at NancyBoothCoaching Facebook.  I would love us to have a discussion there!

Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach.  She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope.  She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you!  You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress.  It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.

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