The single person’s guide to wellness - The Smiling Heart

The single person’s guide to wellness

In a world where everyone seems to be coupled up and settled down, it can be difficult to be a long-term singleton. You may be perfectly happy with your single status, but when friends and family start to regularly question you about your love life, it can get a little wearing. Perhaps you aren’t happy being single, and you year for the day you can cuddle up and watch films with the person you love. Whether you are happy to be single, or finding the situation depressing, there are ways to ensure you live youe best life through wellness.

What is wellness?

The term wellness is more than being physically well and refers to the belief that you should look after yourself physically and mentally, in addition to experiencing your life to the fullest. When researching wellness, you may come across references to ‘growth’, and ‘change’. These terms reflect how wellness encourages you to develop as a person, be it through new social interactions, education, or via new and different experiences.

Food for thought

Growing up, you will most likely remember the times when you were feeling ill, and how a bowl of home-made, or even canned soup, made you feel heaps better. Food can assist in recovery as can the associations of certain foods, like soup, with memories of being cared for. Find the time to prepare food carefully, choosing fresh seasonal ingredients. Cooking for others may come naturally to many, but when you live alone, or you don’t have anyone to cook for, you can begin to neglect your own need for delicious foods. Treat yourself as you would a welcome guest and cook comforting foods like the home-made Campbell’s Tomato Soup Recipes found at Simple Family Preparedness.

Learn from experiences

Emotional wellbeing can be achieved by learning from one’s experiences, rather than dwelling on past mistakes. You may be single owing to a relationship ending badly, and could be reluctant to enter into another relationship. Use such experiences as ways to learn about yourself, and what you want and expect from relationships. Discover positive ways to combat the sadness you felt at the end of the relationship, such as attending counselling, and using daily affirmations.

Exercise

It can be difficult to be motivated when you are feeling negative about life, but even simple exercises can promote the release of endorphins. This chemical is a natural pain- reliever and is responsible for making us feel good. Exercising among nature is also a fantastic way to feel invigorated before the beginning of a productive day of work. Joining exercise classes can widen your social circle, allowing you to meet new, interesting people with similar interests.

Enjoy yourself

Many long-term singletons fall into the trap of thinking a relationship will solve everything. Being single doesn’t have to mean being lonely, and by maintaining friendships, and by looking after yourself physically and mentally you will learn to enjoy your single status. You deserve happiness, and to achieve this, you shouldn’t wait for somebody else to make it happen.