There are many things you can do to improve your wellbeing, however, it is difficult to start.
So what is well being?
Wellbeing is the state of being positive, happy, healthy and feeling empowered. It is more than experiencing moment-to-moment happiness and involves working towards longer-term goals.
Your health and well-being matters to keep you less anxious, stressed or depressed.
Tom Rath in his book the Wellbeing, The Five Essential Elements, highlights that Wellbeing is about the combination of our love for what we do each day, the quality of our relationships, the security of our finances, the vibrancy of our physical health, and the pride we take in what we have contributed to our communities. Most importantly, it’s about how these five elements interact.
In this article, I will give some interesting insights into how you can get started with well being.
How to get started with well being
1. Move More
Getting more active is essential for your overall wellbeing.
You may find reasons not to move such as being too busy or binge watching your favourite shows all day.
However, there is the need for you to reduce such sedentary behaviour to experience the benefits of being active.
What are the benefits of moving more?
Moving more will help relieve your stress, increase your balance, improve your mental health, sleep better, improve your concentration and become fit.
Although we all know that exercise is good for our overall wellbeing, we may still find it hard to perform this activity.
How can you be motivated to move more?
You may need some inspiration or motivation to move more. Below, I have listed some useful ways to stay motivated to move more.
- Try a home work out
- Get yourself a work out gear
- Stretch while the kettle is on
- Try implementing a walk and talk meeting
- Set an alarm to remind yourself to stretch
- While watching your favourite TV programme, put away the remote control.
- During TV advertisements or between programmes, get up and move around.
- Walk around the house when using your mobile phone
- Clean or walk while listening to a book on audible.
- Walk to the shops instead of driving.
- Put your dishes away as you dry them
- Walk to get a glass of water
2. Eat well and stay hydrated
Eating well and staying hydrated is vital to staying healthy and maintaining the functions of your brain, body and heart.
Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.
According to the National Academy of Medicine, women should get about 91 ounces of fluids each day; men, about 125 ounces.
Research shows that about one fifth of that typically comes from food, so aim for 9 to 12 cups of fluids.
Water is free of cost and calories, so make it your primary choice.
Try swapping some of your tea or coffee drinks for water or try a healthy snack swap to some hummus and carrot sticks.
Pay attention to how you nourish your body.
3. Keep in touch with friends and family
Staying in touch with friends and family can help improve your overall wellbeing.
Ensure that friends and family you surround yourself with have positive energy as this can help improve your mental wellbeing. BUT, it is better to end relationships that are toxic and damaging to your mental health and call it a day.
Why is it important to stay in touch with friends or family?
Having a thriving social network of friends and family makes you healthier because the support of other people reduces the harmful effects of stress.
Your self-worth increases and you feel positive about the future. It is worth putting in the effort in a relationship that makes you feel valued, loved and empowered.
Friends and family can help keep you active, keep you grounded, and help you solve practical problems.
How can you stay in touch with friends or family?
Catching up with friends and family by meeting face to face may be an option you can explore. They can offer alternative outlooks from whatever’s going on in your mind.
Schedule a call
Take the time to schedule in a call, whether this be a telephone call or a video call to connect with a family member or friend. Chances are they will appreciate the contact.
Organise a virtual meeting
You could take this a step further and organise an online or virtual meeting where you can have debates, catch up on news around the world, watch a TV show together, play games or have a virtual party.
4. Create new friendships
We all go through challenging times. When faced with challenges in life, we may gradually drift away from the people we grew up with (friends and family).
If you find yourself wandering off too far apart from your friends and family, then your support network is threatened.
You should attempt to rebuild these relationships, however, you can form new relationships with new people where you will feel supported and loved.
Join groups within your community (example local church) or Facebook groups. Attend conferences or sign up as a befriender to others who may be isolated in the community.
5. Practice self-love and self-care
Finding some down time each day may be a challenge, however, it is important to make the time to practice self-love and switch off to help improve your mental and physical health.
Try something relaxing every day and focus on ‘you’.
This may be a short timeout where you will focus on your breathing, meditation, visualising, dreaming, reading or gratitude journaling.
Self-love is not selfish, and it is important to give back to yourself.
6. Try something new
I must confess. This is my favourite! I have tried cooking new dishes and most days they turn out tasty.
When you feel that you are not challenged, feel too comfortable, unhappy or feel low, it is time to reset your creativity.
Trying something new will help you learn. Learning is a great way to improve your overall wellbeing. When you feel you are idle, try something new! Learn about yourself.
Learning something new challenges our brains and bodies. It changes our perspective and allows us to see things from a fresh perspective and opens our minds to alternative possibilities.
You could try stepping outside your comfort zone! Trying new things, especially things that we once were afraid of trying, helps us step outside our comfort zone.
Once outside our comfort zone we can feel, see, and recognise opportunities. You learn to be more open to change, alternative possibilities and to new experiences.
Before You Go
The state of your well being directly affects the way your body feels and functions. Put it first!
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So what is “something new” you will try to get started with your wellbeing?
6 WAYS TO GET STARTED WITH WELLBEING
- Move more
- Eat well and stay hydrated
- Keep in touch with friends and family
- Create new friendships
- Practice self-love and self-care
- Try something new
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