How to be successful – Make your well-being a priority

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by James Murphy

If you want to achieve success, you must make your well-being a priority. It needs consistency and commitment and must become an essential part of your daily routine.

Lost in a to-do list

Too many people get lost in their ‘to do’ lists or the so-called daily grind and forget to take care of themselves.

If you keep making demands on yourself but don’t give back to yourself in the form of rest, good food, activity, or social time – you’ll deplete yourself.

Instead of reaching your goal you’ll reach burnout. And then you’ll need a lot more care than you did when you began your goal.

Make your well-being a priority

Many experts agree that people should make well-being a priority. And extensive research suggest that there are five key elements to well-being:

Stimulate your body, not just your mind

Be active. Physical activity is good for your body and mind. It is usually one of the first ways people make well-being a priority. Benefits include having a healthy heart and improving your joints and bones. Physical activity is also beneficial for your mental health and well-being because it helps release feel-good chemicals in the brain

Thirty minutes of physical activity will:

  • reduce your risk of a heart attack
  • manage your weight better
  • have a lower blood cholesterol level
  • lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • have lower blood pressure
  • have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
  • lower your risk of falls
  • recover better from periods of hospitalisation or bed rest
  • feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.

Be social!

It can be easy to focus solely on work, especially if you’re really into what you’re doing or are an entrepreneur excited about your venture. However, we lose out on engaging with other people and the social world around us.

Connecting with others gives us a sense of belonging and appreciation. Not only that, social connections improve physical health and psychological well-being. Incredibly, strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity.

Always keep learning

Keep learning. Step out of the comfort zone and reignite the curiosity you had as a child. You’ll enjoy it and will learn things that both inspire and challenge you.

Mind how you go

Taking notice or mindfulness means actively bringing your mind’s attention and interest to your inner world and the world around you.

originated with the spiritual practice of meditation and prayer. But if you’re
not religious you can still enjoy its benefits. Mindfulness is about being
present in the moment. All you need to be mindfulness is: Stop. Breathe. Think
about your thinking or that internal chatter in your mind, and acknowledge your

Stay calm and focused during the day by using this simple mindfulness technique. Remember, you don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.

Give to receive

Can you freely part with something and offer it to someone or a group? It can feel strange at first, but once practiced it brings its definite good feelings. As the saying goes: “Give to receive”.

Give time to others

Volunteering is another form of giving and receiving. Giving your time helps others, and in turn you receive in the form of reducing feelings of stress, anger, and anxiety.

Give to yourself

I read recently that your value is determined by what you can make of yourself. Make well-being a priority and give to yourself in the way I’ve outlined above. This means that you can make the best of yourself, reach your goals, and be successful.

Make well-being a priority

When you decide to make well-being a priority, you must realize that it takes time. You’re doing things for the first time and for them to become habits, it takes consistency and commitment.

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