10 Tips To Launch Your Wellness Journey This New Year

What is Wellness Journey?

A wellness journey is about pursuing health both mentally and physically. It is a journey to create a healthy, happy, and well-balanced life. It doesn’t matter where you are or how old you are. If you are reading this article, what matters is that you are READY to get serious and make some much-needed positive changes to live your best life. 

There are eight dimensions of wellness: 

  • Emotional
  • Ecological
  • Financial
  • Intellectual
  • Occupational
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Spiritual

All dimensions of wellness need your attention to flourish truly. These dimensions are interconnected. They are building on one another.  However, there is no right or wrong way to do wellness. There is no perfect balance among all.  Everyone will have a unique adventure of their own. The goal is to find a personal harmony that is the most authentic to you while counterbalancing the dimensions. 

Related article: The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Create A Wellness Journey That Makes You Feel Good

Your wellness journey is not a one-size-fits-all quick-fix solution. Keep in mind that consistency is the key. Wellness is a journey, not a destination! It is your life, so make sure you are enjoying the process. 

According to research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. On average, it takes about 66 days to form a new habit. The beginning of your wellness journey may feel like a chore. Be patient and give yourself time to try out the new routines that work for you. Set your goals, and be open about the methods you are trying. Observe the changes within you, and if you need to adjust the details and routine, by all means, yes! Starting all over again is totally OK. 

Remember not to get so caught up in your journey that you forget to have fun and live your life!


1. Start your day with a positive mind and attitude

Starting your day with a positive and calm mind can be implemented with a few simple strategies.

Try to prepare things in advance the night before a busy day. Such as laying out clothes, packing your bags, or having your coffee/tea pot washed and ready to use. These simple actions are within your control and can help you to get off the bed more calmly.

In the morning, try to avoid grabbing your phone right away. Give yourself enough time to wake up. While waking up, you can think about one positive thing that has happened to you in the last 24 hours. Think of another thing that you are grateful for. The trick is to immerse yourself in the feeling of gratitude for a couple of minutes. Close your eyes and be completely present in the experience.

Practicing this daily can put you on the positive side of a calm and focused mind.

Related article: Nurturing Well-being: The Power of Gratitude Journal for Single Parent

Wellness journey start with something you like

2. Start Your Day With Something You Like

Some people jump off the bed and rush out immediately, while others dread waking up. Engaging in something pleasurable first thing in the morning can motivate you to kick off a busy day. 

I’ll have a cup of coffee before preparing breakfast and waking the kids up for school. When kids wake up, I hug them and say, “I love you.” 

Some people may enjoy doing gentle stretches, meditation, yoga flow, or breathing exercises. 

wellness journey mindful living

3. Mindful Living

Where is your mind? Are you focusing on what you are doing? 

Mindfulness practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions and manage stress and anxiety. Since I started practicing mindful living, it has changed my life and grown me more confident as an individual and a single mom. Mindful living allows me to speak to myself without judgment and make more accurate decisions. This process can also avoid hurting others and myself. 

4. Sleep well. 

Sleep is everything. During sleep, your body supports healthy brain and body functions.  About one in seven adults has insomnia. Symptoms range from falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early in the morning. According to Healthline, sleep deprivation can lower sex drive, weaken the immune system, can’t function with a focused mind, and cause weight gain. Chronic insomnia may increase our risk of certain cancers, diabetes, and other diseases. Mayo Clinic shares tips on how to help you sleep better. 

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wellness journey exercise regularly

5. Exercise Regularly.

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, painful, or all-consuming. Develop a balance exercise plan that fits you. If you are unsure which workout programs to implement, maybe you can be creative. Your activities can alternate between walking, bicycling, running, and swimming. Perhaps taking your family on a weekend hike can make your exercise routine more enjoyable. 

Start low and progress slowly. You don’t have to do all the exercises at one time. Listen to your body and be flexible. If you feel pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness. Please take a break because you may be pushing yourself too hard. 

6. Eat Well, Eat Enough, and Eat Mindfully

The secret to a delicious meal that can nourish our mind and body is to stop the wandering mind.

Nowadays, many people are running from one task to another with a never-ending to-do list. We often eat too fast or too much with too little time. Eventually,  humans become so isolated from the present moment. In addition, we also eat foods that damage the planet and our health. 

Eating well doesn’t require fancy cooking, premium restaurants, or expensive ingredients. Mindful eating is a practice of putting your worried thoughts and busy schedules away and bringing your mind to the present moment. We shall eat with care and be the “caretaker” of our bodies rather than the “owner.”

Related article: Mindful Eating: The Secret to a Delicious & Healthy Meal

7. Declutter your physical and mental space.

There’s no secret decluttering your physical and mental space can change your lifestyle and overall welling. It can help to improve mood, ease anxiety, and increase productivity. In other words, give yourself more room to breathe. 

Decluttering your physical space can help you recreate a space where you can surround yourself with the things you love (and want to see).

Decluttering relationships is a process of building your identity through adjustment, setting boundaries to make yourself clear, and slowly withdrawing your dependency on the people or things that don’t serve you anymore. Oversee the judgemental comments and mindfully focus on your overall well-being.  Surround yourself with the right people. 

8. Practice Kindness 

Being kind is giving, and it is pleasurable. It feels good to help. Not only it creates happiness for others, it also brings us great satisfaction. When given a choice between being right and being kind. CHOOSE KIND. 

Kindness can be settled. Before you speak, let your word pass through three gates. 

  1. Is it true?
  2. Is it necessary?
  3. Is it kind?

You don’t need to prove you are right to diminish someone else feeling.

Other examples of a simple random act of kindness you can do every day:

  • Plant a tree or a plant
  • Do not gossip about anyone 
  • Donate books, clothes, or others
  • Take the time to listen to someone attentively
  • Give someone a ride in your car
  • Giving up your seat on the bus or metro
  • Hold the door open for someone

Related: 100 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

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