I can’t name a single person who goes about their week without feeling stressed or tired at some point. It’s just part of the world we live in today. But it’s how we handle our time, energy, and resources that makes the difference in our overall wellbeing — in spite of whatever stress or fatigue may come our way. Wellbeing is a balance of elements in our life: career, social, physical, financial, and community. If you haven’t read Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath, definitely check it out!
There have been a lot of changes in my life recently, and I’ve come up with a method for making sure that I never feel out of whack — having touchpoints. It really comes down to being intentional. I make sure that I do something every day to contribute, or “touch on” each area of wellness. They’re often simple things that may only take a few minutes of intention. Spending time with friends and family, doing something nice for someone else, eating a healthy meal, exercising, meditating or praying, keeping a tidy space, doing something that contributes to my career or strengthens a skill set, learning something new, only making purchases that add value to my life and are within my budget. If I’ve done something to better each area of my life by the end of the day, no matter how big or small, I feel balanced and complete, and the day was a success.
I’ve found that over time, these small that these small changes or contributions have actually made a big impact on my life.
I think sometimes we make a big to-do about things that shouldn’t be hard. Investing in friendships doesn’t mean going on a girls trip (although when it does, YAY!). Maybe it means having wine night or genuinely checking in with a friend you haven’t talked to in a while or haven’t had time to see this week because you’ve been slammed with work. Contributing to your health doesn’t mean going on a crazy diet and hitting the gym two hours a day. It might mean swapping out coffee for green juice and taking a yoga class. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t give yourself monstrous and unrealistic expectations. Start small. Wellbeing teaches you that it really is about the little things.
I’ve found that over time, these small that these small changes or contributions have actually made a big impact on my life. I’ve deepened my closest friendships, made huge strides in my health and physical wellbeing, developed new skills, and learned a thing or two about money along the way.
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What are some touchpoints that you’d like to be more intentional with?