How Do You Assess Your Well-Being?
By Sara Butler
You try to live the healthiest life you can. You eat right, you see the chiropractor regularly, you work out at the gym several days a week, and you fill your plate with foods that are healthy and filling. In other words, you’re living the healthiest lifestyle you can -- but how’s your well-being? If you don’t take stock of certain things in life to assess how your wellness journey is going, then you need to start. Here are a few ways you can keep your well-being in check as you try to live a healthier life.
Your Energy Level
Each and every day, you should ask yourself how energized you feel. Are you ready to take on the day and tackle each challenge head-on, or do you feel like you can barely get out of bed and face the day ahead of you? Rate your energy on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest; then think about what may be causing you to feel good – or not so good.
Factors that play an important role in energy is how stressed you feel, how good your quality of sleep is at night, whether or not you’re working exercise and movement into your routine, and the quality of the foods you eat. If you notice a long-term trend toward tiredness and you aren’t sure why, then have a chat with a trusted healthcare professional about the possible cause.
Your Stress Level
It’s important to take stock of your stress levels each day. If you feel like you’re about to rip off someone's head (figuratively, of course) then that’s probably a 5. If you’re making like a duck and letting things roll off your back, then you’re probably at a 1.
Stress can have a big impact on your quality of life. It contributes to illness, such as high blood pressure and obesity, and just plain makes you feel bad. You can reduce stress with exercise, meditation, or breathing exercises – even listening to your favorite songs on the way home from work can help. Make sure to actively think of things you can do to reduce stress.
Your Quality of Sleep
Sleep is important, so each morning make a mental note of how well you slept the night before. If it was good, think about what you can do to recreate it. If it was bad, then think about what may have caused your tossing and turning all night. You need to get your eight hours of quality sleep each night, so do what you can to get it.
Your well-being is an important component of health. So make sure to stay on top of how you're feeling.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Mill, S.C.