What does living well mean? According to healthycrush.com, "living well means having the energy and discipline to show up in reality for the things you set out to do in your mind". When you live well you are dedicated to meeting personal expectations and personal commitments. And if you can't achieve what you aspire to do, living well also means accepting those things and not feeling guilty about it.
How important is living well to you? Living well should be important to everyone. You should actually deserve to live well. Making yourself a priority is necessary because if you can't live well, how will you be able to take care of others. This is especially important if you struggle with a disability, chronic disease, or mental illness. Living well helps (physically, spiritually, mentally) you to be the person you want to be.
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give".
There is so much to gain when you start living well. You gain:
A better hold mentally. This can be achieved with regular exercise. Even the smallest form, walking outdoors or dancing to your favorite tunes, can lift your mood and help you feel better. When you are in good spirits, you don't have time to focus on things that bring you down.
Better eating habits. Taking control of your eating, eliminating junk foods and choosing healthy items provides your body with the nutrients it needs to repair, rejuvenate, and get stronger. A strong body carries a strong mind.
The elimination of bad habits. If you are a smoker or use drugs (this includes recreational use as well), take the necessary steps to stop. As you already know, cigarettes and drugs are a legal (and illegal) control substance. When you become a user or smoker, you no longer in control. Your addictive mind does it for you. Letting something as small as a cigarette control your life is equivalent to letting a negative person make your life decisions. Free the grip and regain control.
A release of sugary drinks and/or alcohol. Not only are these items unhealthy weight gain (which is not good for living well), but they can also become an expensive habit. If you sat down and figure out how much you spend on drinks each time you go out with friends each month or on a 12-pack of soda at the supermarket, do you realize how much extra money you could have in the bank? Cha-Ching. Not that is definitely living well.
The secret to living well is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure". - Tibetan Proverb
Once you get a hold of the things you need to change it is time to start implementing those changes. It can be difficult to change old habits, but as with all changes, you need to go slow, taking baby steps along the way. You want to make these changes slow and steady so they will become a daily part of you living well.
As you continue making small changes you will start noticing changes in your mental status and body. Your outlook on life will start becoming positive and you may start seeing some differences in your body. Just keep in mind, being healthy does not mean being skinny. I'm not saying your days will start resembling a Disney movie, but your days will seem a bit brighter. It is amazing how small tweaks can make a world of difference.
Stay the course. Once you get the ball rolling don't quit. Living well is like wearing your favorite outfit every day. It will make you feel confident and beautiful.