It is so important to do WELL in life, and in my opinion, this is not as easy to accomplish as everyone makes it out to seem! The majority of my introductions throughout the day typically follow this pattern:
Me - "Hey man, how are you doing?"
Friend/Co-worker - "Doing well! How about you?"
Me - "Also, doing well! Hey, want to get lunch?"
After repeating this conversation starter day in and day out though, it began to weigh on me that I might not be doing as well as I had been telling everyone. There are so many areas of life that need to be in balance for us to be WELL, and I have decided to focus on 7 of them. I call these "The 7 Wellness Factors."
1. Family life
2. Relational/social/love life
3. Physical Health
4. Mental Health
5. Financial Health
6. Spiritual Health
7. Work Life
As you will notice, there is more than just a "work-life balance" tone to this model. When all of these are equally in harmony, you have mastered the key to life: wellness. You might be thinking to yourself, "Is it impossible to manage ALL of these, when I go to work, come home, eat food, go to bed, and repeat?" I used to get depressed thinking the same thing. Then I DECIDED ONE DAY THAT IT WASN'T IMPOSSIBLE, and created Renner's High to prove it and share it. The important thing to realize about this is that it is not impossible, but it also isn't easy. If you decide that you want to do well in life, there are things that need to be given up: addictions. Addictions exist in different sizes (macro and micro) , and it is important to know the difference between a "macro-addiction" and a "micro-addiction."
Macro-Addiction: anything that can cause a physical withdrawal when there is an absence of this substance or thing. *
Micro-Addiction: anything that can cause a mental trigger that convinces you to perform an action or take a substance that decreases your wellness in life.*
Both of these are crucial wellness killers. Some of us have macro-addictions, and are truly addicted to substances such as alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, that consume our lives and our actions. However, most of us have micro-addictions, and this is what I would like to focus on for this article.
"Renner, I am not addicted to anything, yet I still don't feel well.. why?" you might ask. This is where the distinction between a macro and micro addictions comes in. Maybe you aren't addicted to hard drugs, but do you ever find yourself buying a handful of candy every day at the same time to curb your craving of sugar? Instead of waking up and planning your day, do you find yourself checking Facebook, then Instagram, then Facebook again just in case you missed a notification? These are micro-addictions. They are decreasing your wellness in life. Don't worry, I'm not here to point fingers. I'm speaking from real issues that I noticed were distracting myself from DOING WELL. In today's age of technology, it is so easy to form micro-addictions from things that cause our brains to experience micro-stimulants.
Ever since I decided to focus on this topic of micro-addictions, I have noticed that so many of my daily habits either contribute to or distract from, my wellness. For now, I just want to put an emphasis on recognizing all of the micro-addictions that are causing you to miss out on a well-balanced life. Next week, I will write part 2, which will focus on ways to defeat your addictions! I hope that this article has helped you learn to experience a better, more naturally high, lifestyle.
*Keep in mind, no scientific proof, just my honest observation on the topic!
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