7 tips on personal wellbeing
Updated: Apr 19, 2020
Here are 7 tips for your personal wellbeing:
The research on sleep and wellbeing is staggering. One of the highlights for me was reading that a high school student would be better off getting to bed two hours early to get extra sleep than staying up two extra hours cramming for study.
I wish I'd known this when I was in high school! Sleep is that beneficial. You wouldn't go to work drunk, but sleep deprivation is in the ballpark in how it affects us.
2. Clear role descriptions
Steven Furtick explains frustration as the gap between expectations and experience.
If you're frustrated at work, it may be due to a gap between the expectations of your role and the experience of your role. Clarify your role description to help narrow the gap, reduce your frustration and improve your wellbeing.
3. Diet and exercise
Sleep was number one and diet and exercise are number three. I can't help but put these so high because it's easy to feel frustrated in life and look for complex answers without first stopping and asking, "How healthy is my diet? How regularly am I exercising?"
Like sleep, diet and exercise are proven to have a massive impact on our wellbeing from our mental health to how well we do our jobs. If you're concerned with your wellbeing, one of the easiest things for you to do would be to invest in your diet and exercise as a starting point.
4. Invest in counselling for you and your family
Mental health is one of the pillars of personal wellbeing. So is the relationships we have with our family and friends. If we're not going well mentally, it's like a woman with a broken leg trying to run a marathon. Ludicrous! Our advice would be, "Get to a hospital and get that leg fixed before you even consider running a marathon."
For me, counselling is that obvious. If you haven't ever had counselling for you or your family, then get it. You won't regret it. Just invest the time and money to find a great counsellor who's a fit for you. Approach it with the same rigour you'd use to find a heart surgeon.
5. Prioritise your family and friends
I mentioned relationships with family and friends above but it deserves its own mention. How are your relationships with your family? Who are your closest friends? There will be some people you give out to invest in and there will be close people who pour into you.
Jesus had three tight mates as part of his wider group of 12. Who are your three? Who are your 12? Your family and friends are crucial for your wellbeing. God didn't create us to do life alone, so prioritise and invest in the relationships with your family and friends. They're the ones who you'll be thinking about on your death bed one day.
6. Find your calling
If you hate your job or you've felt unfulfilled for a long time, then consider investigating your calling. God has a unique call for your life and the more you understand that the more you'll be able to see the meaning in the mundane.
Sometimes this also helps us to naturally see where we need to make a right or left turn to go after what God's created us to do and who He's created us to be.
7. Work for an organisation with excellent leadership
Okay, this one is last because it's easy to say, "I'm not well cause I work for a terrible boss or company!" Most of the time there's heaps we can do to invest in our personal wellbeing that's in our own hands. But, at some point, it's worth noting that excellent leaders prioritise the wellbeing of their people.
So, if you're really struggling at the moment and you're working for an organisation that doesn't prioritise your wellbeing, maybe it's time to look for a new job.
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