It is again this time of the year - full of hopes and energy for change for the better. That is why, it is the prefect time to set new habits and what could be better than improving our wellbeing and live a happier and more fulfilling life. Some, however, will say 'easier said than done'. And if you also wonder how to make that happen and where to start, here you are a few very simple and useful tips.
Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you're thriving. But to understand how it actually works and why it really matters, it's important to understand how it's linked to health.
Several key areas of your lifestyle are interconnected and considered the constituent of our overall wellness. They include: social connectedness, exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness. By making simple and healthy choices on a daily basis, you will be well on your way towards reducing stress, having positive social interactions and achieving optimal wellness.
Social Connectedness Connecting with friends or loved ones is a great way to help improve your physical and mental health. Take 10 minutes out of your day to call someone you’ve been thinking about. This is a great way to connect and catch up with the people that matter the most to you.
Exercise Even 20 or 30 minutes of daily exercise can have a positive impact on your overall sense of well-being and help improve your mood. Don’t know where to start? Try a brisk walk on your lunch break or opt for the stairs instead of the elevator when you can.
Nutrition By adding wholesome ingredients to your plate, you’ll be taking steps towards becoming a healthier you. Some food for thought: pack an apple and some raw veggies in your bag to keep as a handy snack. This may help you avoid vending machines or fast food when you’re on the go.
Sleep Consider your sleep hygiene. Avoid caffeine after 12pm, include quiet and calm activities before going to bed, and wake up at the same time every day – these are simple ways you can begin your journey towards becoming a successful sleeper.
Mindfulness Did you know that practicing mindfulness is good for the body and mind, helps with focus and also changes the brain? Take a moment right now to consider your own mind and how you are feeling. The more you tap into your own thoughts, the more you may become aware of how you react to stressful events – so start practicing mindfulness today!
The key to creating habits that stick is to start with small changes within each dimension and take it one day at a time!