Love your life, every day, by doing this

well-being

Perfection, when it comes, just seems to sort of happen.

But what if we could actively create it?

Sometimes, you look around realize that life is just right: the weather is gorgeous, your relationships are strong and your heart is at peace.

“I’m completely content in this moment,” I messaged my friend Sunday afternoon. “Days like this are few, so I’m just going to savor this for a moment.”

I don’t want to leave contentment to happenstance, however. I want to make it happen.

So I spent some time Sunday identifying the source of my contentment and deciding how I … and you .. could experience it more every day. Then I outlined this easy plan to use our morning routines to do just that.

A contented life every day? Yes, please!

Here’s what I realized led to my joyful Sunday: Over the previous 48 hours, I had done something to nurture every aspect of my well-being. (There are a lot of ways to dissect well-being, but I like this one: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and Spiritual.)

PHYSICAL — The health of our bodies

MENTAL — The health of our minds

EMOTIONAL — The health of our emotional state

SOCIAL — The health of our relationships

SPIRITUAL — The health of our spirit (no matter our religious beliefs)

Some examples from my weekend:

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At my son’s very windy soccer game

My husband and I began a 30-day exercise challenge together (PHYSICAL and SOCIAL), and planned and created healthy meals for the week (PHYSICAL and MENTAL and SOCIAL); I spent time with all of my kids and had dinner with a friend (EMOTIONAL and SOCIAL); I washed and dried all the laundry and then my family and I put it away together (MENTAL and EMOTIONAL); and we went to church where the topic of the day was physical health (ALL FIVE!).

It’s little wonder, then, that with all aspects of my spiritual health served, I was feeling pretty great Sunday afternoon.

The trick is to take that principle and carry it into Monday morning, and every day after.

The plan for daily well-being

Incorporate a “wellness workout” at the start of every day, devoting 10 minutes to each area of our overall well-being.

You can do that whichever way works for you. You can stick with a routine, or mix it up.

This is how it looked for me today:

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Healthy and yummy breakfast!

PHYSICAL — Ten-minute walk around the neighborhood and a healthy breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, strawberries, whole wheat English muffin and caffeinated flavored water. (Probably should have been plain water, but I’m no saint.)

MENTAL — I actually read the article about today’s Google Doodle guy, and perused the local and national newspapers. (I recommend this article.)

EMOTIONAL — I made sure to wake each of my children with “Good morning! I love you!” Missed my husband on that one, though. Whoops.

SOCIAL — I checked in with a couple of friends who are struggling or going through some big changes in their lives. Made an exercise date with my husband.

SPIRITUAL — I began the day with a devotional, which I rarely do. And I even read the Bible chapter that went along with it. (Which is even more infrequent for me.) I also made my morning walk a prayer walk, saying silent prayers for the people I passed along the way. (BONUS social well-being for the quick chat I got to have with my neighbor as a result.)

That whole process took less than an hour, and mostly incorporated stuff I was doing anyway. I like morning walks. I was already eating breakfast, so might as well make it healthy. “Good morning! I love you!” literally takes two seconds.

The only thing I really gave up was mindlessly browsing the Internet. In exchange for that, I checked in on family and friends. And I feel better for it.

Now, am I having a perfect morning? Nope. Am I still tired? Yep.

But …

I’m feeling more grounded.

I have a plan for the day (that includes exercise, healthy food, valuable work and time with my family).

And I’ve already had two valuable conversations this morning with people I love.

It’s 10 a.m. Monday, and I feel pretty darn good about life.

I can’t wait to see what Tuesday will bring.

(Interested in trying this approach to create a life brimming with contentment? Try it any day and comment below!)

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