Hello and welcome to the second post in my A-Z of Wellbeing. Today we’re going to focus on the letter B (sounding a bit Sesame Street there). There are many, many things wellbeing I could have chosen, and I’ve only picked a handful to discuss here. If you have any you would like to share, please do.
Beautiful – this can relate to many things. Nature is beautiful, look outside, spot the trees, look at the birds, the sky, the lochs, streams, plants, flowers, the list goes on. We often take for granted what is right in front of us as we forget these natural beautiful things have evolved over millions of years to become what they are. That in itself is truly beautiful. Everything in nature has it’s own beauty, even if you think it looks ugly or scary.
Now moving to you, when you look in the mirror, look and admire your beauty, you are one of a kind, you have your own special DNA that makes you unique. We all have days when we look at our reflection and feel a bit blugh. But uniqueness is beauty – we don’t want to live in a world where we are all cardboard cutouts of one another. So embrace who you are and love you.
Look inside you, what is it that makes you beautiful there. Are you a kind person? Do you help your friends and family? Are you always looking to do something to support others? These are all qualities of being a beautiful person.
Beginning – you’ve got to start somewhere. Wherever you start is the beginning of your journey. Starting is often the challenge. We often wonder how to get going with something. If you don’t know where to begin, then just start. Take that first step to achieving your goal, whether it’s buying a pair of shorts on the way to running your first marathon or applying to university to change career. We can feel overwhelmed when we begin a journey, so take it slow and you will find your feet.
Remember endings are beginnings too. When something comes to a close, what is the next chapter for you? Your story isn’t over so turn the page and awaken the next adventure.
Being – Just be. Exist, live. Being you is important. We are often too busy comparing ourselves to others, when, quite frankly, we don’t need to be. We are awesome. Be you and not someone else. Think about your friends, if they started acting like someone else, you would notice. By being the wonderful you, allows you to open up, drop any facade and relax. It’s hard work trying to be someone you are not.
Being in the moment, take the time to enjoy what’s right in front of you, let go of always looking ahead to the next thing. if you are walking, then look around you, take it all in. Let your mind enjoy the here and now and not be thinking of dinner or how much work to do.
Believe – believe in you. You can do anything. There is very little you can’t do if you set out to do something. It may take an hour or it may take a lifetime but believing in yourself is quite often the battle that is the hardest to overcome. What is it that is stopping you? If a friend asked you for advice about setting up a business and you knew they could succeed, what advice would you give them? Why not record yourself saying it to them and then play it back for yourself. Heed your own advice. You can do it! Stick post it notes around your house so you see these words. Write in the steamed mirror ‘I can do this’. If you still don’t believe you can, what is making you think like this? Ask yourself why and then ask again.
Breathe – you need to breathe to live, So you could say it is important! But we tend to shallow breathe in the top of our chest, rather than take a large slow breath in filling our lungs. So for the next minute, slowly take a breath in and feel it in your lungs, feel your chest expand and your belly grow. Then slowly breathe out. Empty it all from your lungs and then pause before you slowly breathe in. Take your time but you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable. You’ll soon get into a natural rhythm. Pop some relaxing music on or some natural sounds and you can close your eyes and begin to meditate. Build up from one minute and aim for five.
If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or just need a moment. Find a quiet place, it could be the toilets at work, or at home, and take a few slow deep breaths. Focus only on your breathing. Start by noticing your natural rhythm, then aim to lengthen and deepen it. Notice how you feel afterwards, are you feeling calmer?
Above are just a few B words associated with Wellbeing. There are so many to choose from. The key is to look after you. Take care of yourself. Give things a go and find what works best for you.
Take care, have a beautifully brilliant week.
Love Emma xxx