It’s National Wellness Month, a month that focuses on self care, managing stress and promotes healthy routines.
Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being or doing well in life; happy, healthy, or prosperous condition; moral or physical welfare (of a person or community)”, but it’s important to realise that wellbeing is a much broader concept than moment-to-moment happiness.
How to Improve Wellbeing and Health
So how can we boost our wellbeing? Take it away from the moment to moment and make it more of a way of life?
Here’s ten ways to improve your wellbeing...
Sufficient sleep regulates the hormones that are related to our mood and emotions. Getting enough sleep, and more importantly, the right type of sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing. This is because while you sleep, your body works to support healthy brain functions and maintain your physical health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel tired, and you may find it hard to concentrate and remember things, perhaps even get a little angry. Lack of sleep can also affect your judgement and impact your physical coordination, so a good amount of sleep and the right kind of sleep is vital to your wellbeing.
Eat a balanced diet
The food you consume determines how healthy your inner system is. Eating a variety of foods in the right proportions is an important part of maintaining good health. Plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains and lean proteins are the right kinds of food to eat to make you feel your best. And of course, iInclude healthy protein-rich shake / bar supplements – such as Bodyhero (where needed!)
Enjoy the sunlight
Sunlight causes the release of endorphins that are responsible for brain productivity. During sun exposure we produce Vitamin D, which is good for healthy bones and teeth and can protect from diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes and reduce the risk of flu.
Note the causes, find ways to react to, and manage your stress. Stress hormones trigger the body’s fight or flight response, when this is triggered, our blood pressure can increase, our heart rate can beat faster, our breathing can become shorter and sharper, and stress can have a very negative physical impact on your body. Chronic stress in fact can transform into chronic fatigue, pain and illness.
When you remain physically active, your blood flow improves in your entire body. The NHS recommends that you aim to be physically active every day, do strengthening exercises for the muscles, and at least 150 minutes of intensive physical activity a week. Exercise releases endorphins, the feel good hormones that make you feel happy.
It might sound obvious, but it’s always worth pointing out that smoking, alcohol, drugs and even social media can be addictive, and all can have a very negative impact on your health. Verywellmind has some great advice on how to stop an addiction, if you’re worried however, you should always speak to someone about it.
Isolation and lack of communication are the two biggest reasons for depression. Author Johann Hari says “the opposite of addiction is connection” and that being social, and being part of a community is one of the ways we can bring ourselves out of depression, and into a happier way of life.
Find new hobbies
When you have interests, you take healthy steps to improve your emotional wellbeing. People with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression, because activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed - they keep you active, and they are social.
Live in the present
The biggest reason for experiencing depression is when a person remains stuck in past events. Stay in the present, take stock of how you feel today and take each day one at a time.
Laugh and enjoy!
Don’t take life too seriously.
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We believe anything is possible when you believe in yourself.