Looking after ourselves is often the one thing that we forget to do. Many of us are so busy caring about our work, caring for others or caring about running our households that we straight up forget to care about the most important thing in our lives—us!
Taking the time to care for our well-being is essential to living a happy healthy life, so we've put together a guide on caring for your well-being, including how using an emotional support animal can improve your life exponentially.
What is Well-Being?
Well-being is a broad term that includes all the aspects which contribute to our health—both in body and mind. Well-being refers to the state of being comfortable, happy and healthy. Many factors make up our general health and well-being. Some aspects considered to contribute to our state of well-being include our health, relationships, feeling of security, our sense of purpose, the strength of our community and the environment that we are in.
The Importance of Well-Being
Studies have shown that our well-being can impact significantly on our quality of life. In fact, many have contended that instead of focusing on achieving happiness in life, well-being is the holy grail to truly feeling fulfilled. If you neglect your well-being, it's quite probable that you'll begin to feel unhappy and unsatisfied with your life very quickly. We don't want that!
Making time to look after yourself takes some practice, especially when you have a hectic schedule. But after a while it becomes second nature, and you'll feel some much better for it! It's also good to know that the changes you make need not necessarily be difficult—they can be simple to integrate into your life to help to improve it.
Easy Ways to Improve Your Well-Being
In order to improve your well-being, there are tons of simple things that you can do. Of course, well-being is dynamic and can change rapidly, so don't beat yourself up if you're having an off day (we're all entitled to those).
Here are some easy ways that you can start to improve your well-being right now.
We've all got some degree of stress in our lives, but it's how we choose to manage it that counts. By actively working to lower stress, we can hugely impact our level of well-being. Saying no to extra responsibilities where you can, asking those close to you for help to manage things that are causing stress and finding an outlet (like boxing) for stress are all steps you can take on the way to becoming less stressed.
Build Positive Relationships
The quality of the relationships in our lives are paramount to our well-being. When we build healthy, positive relationships it boosts our well-being immensely. Take the time to keep in contact with friends, face-to-face, on the phone or by text. By putting effort into strengthening your relationships, your well-being will be bolstered.
Take Time For Yourself
With everything that we need to cram into one day in this modern era, it can be hard to carve out time for yourself. But it's so important to do! Whether it's taking 10 minutes each day to practice mindfulness, teaching yourself some new relaxation techniques or simply taking time out to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, ensure that you take time for yourself regularly, even if you feel like you don't have time.
Find a Relaxing Outlet That You Enjoy
Another excellent way to improve your well-being is to find a creative outlet that you're passionate about. Finding a way to express yourself can help to relieve stress and give your self-confidence a boost. Try practicing yoga, writing a blog or doing a craft you enjoy to improve your well-being.
Well-Being Hack: Get an ESA!
Okay—I'll let you in on a little secret. Animals do amazing things for our well-being. Not only are pets natural stress relievers, they can also improve other areas of our life in ways that are subtle but important to well-being. Emotional support animals (ESAs for short) are an excellent way to boost your well-being and help you to begin to feel more happy, comfortable and confident in many aspects of your life. Here's how ESAs can upgrade your well-being level.
They Encourage You to Exercise
Pets need exercise, stimulation and attention. That means that they encourage you to get moving and get the endorphins flowing. Exercise is a super way to improve your overall well-being, so having an ESA works to improve your mood, making you feel great. Other pets can encourage you to be more active too, whether it's playing games with a cat or teaching a hamster some new tricks.
Making New Friends with a Dog? Easy!
Have you ever tried to go on a walk with a pet and not talk to anyone? Impossible. Pets are great conversation starters and can help you to spark connections with others with similar interests to yourself. This can help you to forge new friendships, and fulfilling relationships are one of the most important aspects of our sense of well-being.
Dogs Are The Ultimate Extroverts
If you're thinking of getting a dog to be your ESA Dog—you've made an excellent choice! Dogs are totally the extroverts of the animal world, and can encourage you to join groups and try activities that you might never have thought of doing before.
Taking care of all aspects of your well-being is important to ensure you stay on a path to being a happy and healthy human. There are lots of ways that you can boost your well-being, including changing small things in your life to improve how you feel. There's also cute, fuzzy helpers that can help you on your way to feeling great too!