6 Easy Ways to Deal with Wellbeing Overload

Because too much of a good thing isn’t all rainbows and unicorns

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.
Natur Wunderland on Unsplash
Natur Wunderland on Unsplash

A few years ago, after a period of grieving, I decided to take control of my wellbeing, and plunged into the world of alternative therapies. I met some weird and wonderful practitioners, from a fantastic doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine, to a lovely man in Los Angeles who claimed to have expanded my aura.

Each practitioner bestowed their wisdom, ensuring me that if I just took 5, or 10 or 30 minutes a day following their advice, that my life would be drastically improved. 5 minutes of stretching, 20 minutes journaling and gratitude, 15 minutes of meditation, 5 minutes of inversions, 15 minutes to wind down the mind, 30 minutes of brisk walking – ‘try a new route on your way to work!’ and, ‘go to bed earlier, and wake up an hour earlier.’

It felt like each had a tip to bring me closer to heaven, – just ten minutes of spine twists a day, to everlasting peace. The problem was, it was completely unrealistic – if I followed all the advice, I’d never get any work done – I might be super limber with a strong and healthy spine (not to mention chakras,) but there wouldn’t be much time for anything else.

Clients often report the same problem – and I know how it feels when you just don’t have time for wellbeing – like it’s not a priority at that moment, and that other parts of life (work, friends, family) are more important. It’s all to easy to sign up to meditation apps, only to find a kind of guilt as the money comes out of your account, reminding you that you haven’t tuned in (or out as the case may be.) In spite of good intentions, it can be super difficult to put health first…to reach for the green juice instead of the pizza, to follow that early morning exercise regime – coupled with a glass of hot water with lemon and matcha tea.

So, I started to put together a list of doable gentle health hacks as a baseline to move in the right direction. Let me know if you have any of your own!

  1. Order an extra side of vegetables when eating out, and prioritize eating them. French fries don’t count.
  2. Do some form of movement every day – walking to work, taking the stairs, going to a class, stretching to Tim Senesi home yoga.
  3. No coffee after lunch
  4. Something that makes you laugh, or at least smile every day, even if that means secretly watching clips of the singing bush from the Three Amigos movie.
  5. Do more of what you love that’s also good for you, in my case, reformer pilates, attempting to surf, and horse riding.
  6. If I have an attractive glass decanter and glass next to me when I work, I’m more likely to drink more water.

I do more when I can, and also try and buy organic, non-processed food at home -and still love to try the odd beardy weirdy therapy occasionally! And generally, I feel more balanced and happy and calm and strong – even if I’m still not pooping rainbows.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


How I Thrive: “Get to know people and understand what their aspirations are…not everyone is looking to climb the corporate ladder”, with Ming Zhao & Denise Broady

by Ming S. Zhao

Don’t Confuse Being Busy with Being Productive

by Marc Reklau
Photo by Fabian Moller on Unsplash

3 simple ways to establish a daily meditation habit

by Monique Shaw

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.