An Aspect of Aging Well?
How is your sense of wellbeing? I’d say mine needs a booster shot.
I "restacked" this post Janice and in truth don't know if I've done it correctly so I'm adding my comment back here as well.
Thank you Janice for your thoughtful and insightful approaches to all who are walking this path with “us” for I know there are many. I love your consideration of those two words: wellness and well-being. Please remember to be gentle with yourself. My own experience of “trusting” my mantra of “Perfectly on Time” continues to provide me with that option to pause, reflect and understand that those moments of despair do come and go.
Beautiful! Well being, the art of being well. Acceptance of Truths that govern all. We can work with this law. We can agree on how the nature of the mind works. How our body works, and take necessary steps for achieving its optimal state. I'm “ok” after training hard. It is different for different people. What is best is to know what is “ok” for you and to always strive for the highest possibility for yourself without feeling bad about your current situation. If you ask me, as soon as you wake up, you won.
Lunch is always a good idea.
Thanks for this beautiful writing
Sharron, I love it!!!
I’ve had my mother living with me, just the two of us, for three years now. She is 88, I am 66. Most days I have a few hours in the middle of the day that I can get away and safely leave her alone. Taking myself out to lunch is one of my favorite treats. I also have a favorite library that I like to go to and sit in the calm quite to read. These things help w my well-being. I’ve read that caretaking for an older parent can be a toll on one’s life expectancy. I imagine the interaction of wellness and wellbeing have something to do with that.
Our wellness and wellbeing can be boosted by lifting our spirit. When confronted by any of life's big downers, that can be challenging. I have developed paths and bridges back to my sense of humor and the things I love to regain balance. This can seem undoable initially, but like any recovery one starts with small steps and stays the course with a little growth at a time, day by day. Until one day, you have moved on and are in a new place. Those little steps can include reading a favorite author, watching a favorite tv show or movie or writing to a friend or relative or sitting in a park. Don't let writing down positive thoughts seem too easy. Just taking the time to think of them can help!
Here is something a friend sent me to lift my spirits after losing a much-loved cat.
'One cannot stop the birds of sorrow from flying over one's head but one
can stop them from building a nest in one's hair.'
This image helped me still love my sweet cat while resetting my relationship to the sorrow. I hope these thoughts will help you, too.
Really found this idea of looking at wellness and well-being separately to assess how I am doing. With a good deal of work I have constructed a life where my well-being (my contentedness) is quite good, even when my wellness is not tip-top. But this is a reminder of how these two elements are interdependent and well, and that I have to work on both. So, I struggle with making sure that my efforts to work on my well-being (walks, healthy eating, etc don't get in the way of well-being. For example, if I push the exercise too much, which can increase pain, which can interfere with sleep, it is hard to get the writing done which contributes so much to my well-being. So, I really can sympathize with how that pulled muscle caused problems in your well-being. Hope both body and soul heal smoothly.
I never thought before about the distinction between wellness and well-being. Thanks.