NUESTRA VOZ - Sentirnos bien con las cosas simples

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Posted 7 December, 2023

Desde mi llegada a “Kiwilandia” he atravesado por torbellinos emocionales, desde la euforia al descubrir un país nuevo hasta la tristeza por sentirme distante de mis metas y seres queridos. En la búsqueda de la armonía, he descubierto una guía valiosa en los “Cinco Caminos para el Bienestar”.

Basado en un reporte de la New Economics Fundation (NEF) en Reino Unido, se ha comprobado que la aplicación de estas acciones diarias, entrega enormes beneficios para la salud mental.

Conectar: Las interacciones humanas positivas son esenciales. Establecer relaciones significativas con la familia, amigos, vecinos, colegas y la comunidad en general es importante para tener una vida de bienestar. Compartir experiencias nos hace ver que no estamos solos y conectar con personas que nos valoran nos brinda un sentido de pertenencia invaluable.

Sigue Aprendiendo: La curiosidad es la clave. Desafiarse a uno mismo y ponerse nuevas metas, nos mantiene en constante crecimiento. En mi caso, aquí aprendí a hacer descenso en bicicleta, a andar en skate (no, no llego al nivel de Tony Hawk aún) y un intento de tocar guitarra. Cosas simples que sin duda me han hecho entender que soy capaz de mucho más de lo que pensaba. Y tú ¿ya aprendiste algo nuevo, tomaste ese curso que siempre quisiste o aprendiste a cocinar cuando se te quemaba hasta la ensalada? ¡Qué esperas! Aquí no hay errores.

Presta Atención: Eckhart Tolle resalta en su libro "El Poder del Ahora" la importancia de estar presentes. Practicar la atención plena nos permite apreciar las pequeñas maravillas que nos rodean. Detenernos, respirar y observar nuestro entorno nos conecta con la gratitud y el sentido de la vida. Sé consciente de tus pensamientos, sentimientos y emociones. La meditación es una gran técnica, al igual que escribir un diario. Siempre nos enfocamos en lo que nos falta y no en lo que ya tenemos.

Entrega: Cualquier acto de bondad ya sea o grande o pequeño, nos trae alegría, nutre nuestra autoestima y nos brinda un sentido de propósito. Por eso, haz algo lindo por un amigo, participa de un voluntariado, di gracias al vendedor o entrega una sonrisa o un cumplido a un desconocido en la calle, algo que ciertamente querida comunidad latina, aquí sí podemos hacer.

Sé Activo: La actividad física mejora nuestra salud, reduce el estrés y la ansiedad. Júntate con amigos a hacer alguna caminata, anda en bicicleta, haz yoga en el parque, únete a algún grupo deportivo comunitario, entra al gimnasio, baila, nada en el lago (It’s cold AF, I know) o en alguna piscina pública. El movimiento es vital para el bienestar físico y mental, y Queenstown nos entrega mucho espacio para este propósito.

Como ven, las prácticas de estos principios no requieren una inversión significativa, sólo la voluntad de aplicarlas a nuestra vida diaria. Y en cada uno de estos pasos que nos llevan al bienestar, podemos descubrir la gran riqueza que yace en lo simple y cotidiano.

 

 

English Translation:

 

Finding Wellbeing in Life's Simplicity

Since my arrival in New Zealand, I've gone through emotional whirlwinds, from the exhilaration of discovering a new country to the sadness of feeling distant from my goals and loved ones. In pursuit of harmony, I've stumbled upon a valuable guide: the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing.'

Based on a report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in the UK, it's been proven that applying these daily actions offers enormous benefits for mental health.

Connect: Positive human interactions are crucial. Establishing meaningful relationships with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and the community at large is essential for a life of well-being. Sharing experiences reminds us that we're not alone, and connecting with people who value us provides an invaluable sense of belonging.

Keep Learning: Curiosity is the key. Challenging ourselves and setting new goals keeps us in constant growth. Here, I learned downhill biking, tried skateboarding (no, I'm not at Tony Hawk's level yet), and made an attempt at playing the guitar. Simple things that have certainly shown me I'm capable of much more than I thought. How about you? Have you learned something new, taken that course you always wanted, or mastered cooking even when you burnt the salad? Don't wait! There are no mistakes here.

Pay Attention: Eckhart Tolle emphasizes in his book 'The Power of Now' the importance of being present. Practicing mindfulness allows us to appreciate the small wonders around us. Pausing, breathing, and observing our surroundings connect us with gratitude and the sense of life. Be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Meditation is a great technique, as is keeping a journal. We often focus on what we lack instead of what we already have.

Give: Any act of kindness, big or small, brings us joy, nurtures our self-esteem, and gives us a sense of purpose. So, do something nice for a friend, participate in volunteering, thank the vendor, or give a smile or a compliment to a stranger on the street—something that, dear Latin community, we can certainly do here.

Be Active: Physical activity improves our health, reduces stress, and anxiety. Join friends for a hike, ride a bike, practice yoga in the park, join a community sports group, hit the gym, dance, swim in the lake (It’s cold AF, I know), or in a public pool. Movement is vital for physical and mental well-being, and Queenstown provides ample space for this purpose.


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