A life of vitality
A life that is full of happiness, vibrancy, and vitality is something we all hope for and strive to achieve. But what does a life of vitality actually entail?
Vitality is defined as the state of being strong and active, being full of life and energy. It is the exuberance of physical, mental, and emotional strength. It is about the feeling of aliveness- living life to the fullest and finding zest in every situation.
Chartered Accountants Ireland’s dedicated wellbeing hub, Thrive, shares its tips for living a life full of vitality.
Our vitality for life is of critical importance and is something that correlates with good wellbeing and is a contributor to our overall happiness and wellness. Increased vitality can help boost our productivity, help build better coping skills and enhance our ability to manage and navigate our emotions.
Self-care for improved vitality
Self-care may seem like a trendy term these days, but when you invest in and make time for yourself, it can translate into feeling better about yourself. Self-care is often misunderstood but it essentially means checking in with yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Self-care looks different to everyone. It is important to focus and identify what activities are fulfilling to you and make you feel good. It can also help ignite a spark and passion to take care of other aspects of our lives. This time for reflection and self-care can increase your propensity for a life of vitality.
The need for self-compassion
Self-compassion is an essential part of a lifestyle of vitality.
In its most basic sense, self-compassion is being nice to yourself. The core elements of self-compassion are kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. Self-compassionate individuals tend to care for and nurture themselves and others – making their world a better place to live. By taming your own inner critic, you can improve your relationships, wellbeing and lust for life. Being kind and compassionate can increase resilience and exuberance and strengthen the connection with yourself and others which greatly benefits us mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Mind & body nourishment
Lifestyle factors such as physical activity, healthy and balanced nutrition, and good quality sleep are valuable components to good overall wellbeing but can also help us build the energy reserves needed to live with vitality.
Contrary to belief, exercise actually increases our energy levels. Nurturing our bodies with the nutrients and vitamins it needs, getting proper rest and relaxation and moving our bodies allows us to experience a healthier, more positive life and allows us to perform to our best ability.
Finding the positive
A positive outlook or mindset is key to living with vitality. Having an optimistic outlook on life enables you to see yourself and the world from a positive, uplifting, and encouraging viewpoint.
Appreciating the small moments, the beauty in life, and positive thinking are powerful ways to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. However, it can be a struggle to maintain optimism in our day-to-day.
Mediating, practicing gratitude, being present, immersing yourself in nature, and spending meaningful time with loved ones are some techniques that can help instill and engrain positivity into our lives. This in turn helps us improve our overall vitality and zest for life.
Vitality is all about creating more energy and positivity in our lives. When we are energised and positive, our health improves, we feel happier and therefore lead a life that is thriving and full of vitality.
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