Take care of yourselves with these wellbeing activities.....
Many of us are rushing around all the time leading busy lives that the idea of "me time" seems beyond our reach. Here are some ideas that can easily be worked into our daily routines that won't cost you the earth What is wellbeing? Wellbeing is the state of being happy, healthy and at peace with ourselves. People who have a high level of wellbeing are generally calmer, healthier and have a high level of life satisfaction and purpose. Why is it important? A state of wellbeing helps us to deal more effectively with stress and uncomfortable situations while promoting physical and mental wellness. It prevents us from becoming exhausted and feeling overwhelmed There are five areas of wellbeing that should be addressed and they are: 1)Physical 2) Emotional 3) Spiritual 4) Social 5) Intellectual Things such as happy relationships, good social networks, getting enough sleep and having fun things to do all have a positive effect on our wellbeing. There are many names across the globe for wellbeing such as the Danish word hygge but they all mean the same thing...taking care of you. Does it cost a lot? It doesn't have to, simple mindful activities can be found all around us for very little cost or even free. Here are just a few: Walking - Walking is completely free and benefits our physical health by reducing blood pressure and strengthening bones. It also improves our mental health as it provides us with an escape from the hustle and bustle and is proven to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. If you really enjoy it, you can even join a group. https://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/facts-and-stats-about-walking/health-benefits-of-walking.aspx Spending time with people- Loneliness can be very damaging to our mental and physical health so joining a group with like minded people can help boost our feelings of community and being connected. Sharing a quick coffee or a leisurely meal with friends can raise our mood and improve our overall sense of wellbeing. Taking a bath - Sinking into a fabulously warm bath full of beautiful smelling oils or bubbles can do wonders for our wellbeing. Our natural affinity with water soothes our very core. Bathing has been shown to balance hormones, reduce stress and benefit bones, joints and muscles. https://www.lifehack.org/381960/10-scientifically-proven-health-benefits-taking-bath Lighting candles and playing some calming music can make the experience even more restorative. Colouring - Colouring ignites our creativity and allows our brain and body to rest while we are mindfully absorbed in an activity. It improves our motor skills and can also improve our focus and sleeping patterns. Colouring books are readily available and are reasonably priced or you can download colouring sheets for free from here. https://www.justcolor.net/ Reading- Immersing ourselves in a good book gives us the opportunity to escape from reality for a while and lose ourselves in the story. Books can be borrowed for free from the local library or you could support local business by buying from a local book shop. Chatting to the library staff or to the book shop team also provides an opportunity for company and helps us to feel involved in our local community. As well as reducing stress, reading regularly can aid memory function and social capital. https://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/reading-for-pleasure-builds-empathy-and-improves-wellbeing-research-from-the-reading-agency-finds.html Spending time in nature - Time spent in nature can improve our wellbeing. Many plants and trees give off chemicals called phytoncides which help promote health in humans. Being outside reduces feelings of stress and depression, boosts our creativity, enables us to connect with Mother earth and can even help to manage pain. Best of all, it's free!! Gratitude - Taking a few moments each day to think of the things that we are grateful for can actually help to rewire the brain. When we think of what we don't have and can't do our energy drops and we tend to live with the lower emotions such as sadness, anger and fear. Adopting an "attitude of gratitude" enables us to raise our energy so that we experience love, happiness and a sense of calm more often. It also helps us to put things in perspective when we feel that things aren't going well or that life is unfair. Meditating- Focusing on one thing to the exclusion of all else enables our brains and bodies to heal. Our heart health improves as does our ability to concentrate, sleep and cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. Any activity can be used as a meditation. You can attend groups or workshops https://www.simplybe.org.uk/ or find guided relaxations to download. Eating well - Every mouthful that we consume provides us with an opportunity to nurture our bodies or to poison them. I'm a great believer in a little of what you fancy does you good but balance is the key here. Our physical and mental health is greatly affected by the food and drink that we consume,so making the right choices can have a massive impact on our wellbeing. Let it go - If it no longer serves us, no longer makes us happy or pleases our eyes then we should remove it from our life. Putting up with things, people or thoughts that do not improve our experience of life can only lower our energy, self esteem and wellbeing so feel free to ditch them! Taking care of ourselves is the best gift that we can give those around us as a healthy me makes for a healthy you. What are your favourite wellbeing activities? Please share the in the comments below.
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