Wellness is important to me.

Heck, it’s important in general, it’s important for everyone.

Wellness is important simply because it boils down to how we function: are we well or not? Are we thriving or surviving? Are we living or barely making it?

This new year gives us a new opportunity to focus on wellness, to take our mental, physical and emotional health seriously.

Here are 8 steps to take toward wellness today:

  1. Rest. It seems so elementary, but rest is important — physical and spiritual. Take a nap. Sleep in. Pray. Meditate. Be still.
  2. Pray. I pray to Jesus Man but you may pray to another god. You may pray to your inner being. This is a subset of spiritual rest, but I think important enough to stand alone.
  3. Exercise often.If you cannot afford a gym membership, consider buying a few weights or a yoga mat to use at home. I always recommend workout videos, they can be highly effective!
  4. Find a therapist. This can be hard for some to admit they need, but therapy has given me peace and validated a lot of brokenness I’ve drowned through for years.
  5. Build healthy relationships. With those around you: ones that build you up, not tear you down, ones that make you better, not worse. Identify your A-team and stick with them!
  6. Create space. Between yourself and your to-do list, yourself and your harmful relationships. Give yourself time to breathe and grieve and rest and be if you need it.
  7. Eat healthy. I had some health issues this fall because of my diet, dairy simply hates me and I simply love it. Cutting it out has made all of the difference.
  8. Live in the present. As cheesy as it sounds, present-minded living rids you of dwelling in past failures or mistakes, and becoming anxious of future milestones. It liberates you to savor each moment: the good, the bad, the in-between.

I still work on these daily.

Many of them aren’t natural and do take effort and care and deliberation. Yet each and every one has changed my life radically to create a happier, healthier, better me.

What are your steps to wellness? Share them in the comments below!

Posted by:Maelyn Schramm

Adopted from China, I hail from Dallas and spent a few years studying in Waco at Baylor University. As a young-adult, I'm learning how to get by with little money and lots of friends. My new blog, Call Me Mae Be, focuses on the intersection of faith, daily living, travel and wellness. Join me on this life journey!

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