Wellness is the buzz word on everyone’s lips for 2017. No longer the catchphrase for only the affluent or super health-conscious, more people are realizing a need to make decisions that make a long-term positive impact on their diet, worldview, and life. Wellness is a word that calls to action a need to cherish the spirit, feed the soul and the body, to live a life of determined purpose and achieving balance within and without.
For freelancers and independent workers, wellness is something we must keep at the forefront of what we do and how we work. The need to recognize and care for our mental health, in addition to our physical health, this is necessary for optimum productivity and quality within our chosen discipline. It is important to take personal time out to recharge our batteries, step away from the computer and cell phone, unplug from social networks for a moment, and stop and take a breath. Try drinking a fresh juice or eating lighter healthier fare, vs. fast food when in a pinch for time working on an assignment. Take time to do a yoga pose, stretch your limbs, or just take a walk around the block. Taking a moment to pause our actions brings us into a state of awareness of the present moment, which gives us the ultimate ability to refresh ourselves. When we return to our work, we can come back to it with a renewed vigor and insight that we might not have had previously. So, don’t burn out!
Tunnel Vision is something that I was first introduced to by my Grandfather. He let me know the importance of figuring out that one specific goal you have in mind, staying focused on your goal with utmost determination, and not letting anything or anyone stand in your way of achieving it. With “tunnel vision” there must be patience as well, which is a virtue that in this fast paced world of instant results, many of us seem to forget is necessary and beneficial. So for 2017, I hope you have a year full of productivity, keep your focus, maintain your tunnel vision, and above all achieve balance and wellness!