I tend to write a lot in different ways about the things that contribute to my wellbeing, primarily because I need to be emotionally strong, and ready to cope with my disability and whatever life throws at me. Although our lifestyles contribute to our wellbeing, they can also make us ill.
I find the following suggestions help me:
- Objectively identify the areas you’re not happy with and would like to improve on, and understand your reasons for wanting to improve them;
- When you have identified certain areas for improvement, decide what action you would like to take;
- Finally put into practice everything you’re happy to change and consistently work at.
Changes must be realistic and positive; that way we’re more likely to work at them. But first we must recognise the need for change. Not all of us will make the connections or understand our need for change, because we don’t always equate unhappiness with our lifestyles.
Any changes we make should be tailored to fit our needs, achievable, within reach and relevant. Timing should also be a consideration, because if the timing is out and we’re not emotionally ready or equipped to make changes, we’re less likely to implement them long-term.
Through my writing and my understanding of my experiences, I continue to work at changing my lifestyle. Although it has taken me years, I feel happier for it.