Find the time to love who you are & cre­ate mo­ments to self-care.

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Sarah God­frey

AS a psy­chol­o­gist and coach, the most com­mon ques­tion asked is, ‘How can I be happy?’ Hap­pi­ness is a state of mind. It is an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence cre­ated from what we do, how we in­vest out time, thoughts, dreams and love. Some­times it is an elu­sive ideal; other times it abun­dantly falls at our feet. Hap­pi­ness ebbs and flows, dis­ap­pears and reap­pears through­out our lives. The skill of be­ing happy is know­ing what in­creases the fre­quency and longevity of our joy­ful mo­ments. We need to in­vest in these skills, learn how we look for and master them, lead­ing to self-care and hap­pi­ness. Like any­thing built to last, hap­pi­ness re­quires strong and sus­tain­able foun­da­tions. Those foun­da­tions are a sim­ple puz­zle made from achiev­ing five pieces of self-de­vel­op­ment. Self-care and hap­pi­ness are pieces of that puz­zle to cre­ate our hap­pi­ness sta­bil­ity. Self-care is in­trin­si­cally at­tached to wor­thi­ness. It’s made up of health, emo­tions, in­tel­lect and spir­i­tu­al­ity. How we care for our­selves, nur­ture our minds and main­tain our en­vi­ron­ment, is vi­tal to lead­ing a healthy and happy life. Where we choose to ig­nore our phys­i­cal self, we are harm­ing the ves­sel that keeps us mov­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in our lives. If we ne­glect our emo­tional self, we un­der­mine our re­silience and men­tal abil­ity, strug­gling to build self-worth, es­teem and con­fi­dence. When we stop look­ing af­ter our in­tel­lect by not ex­pand­ing our in­ter­ests and un­der­stand­ing of the world, we limit our knowl­edge and wis­dom.

Find the time to love who you are.

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