We live in a funny old age. We have a better understanding of the things that we need to be physically and mentally well, yet, at the same time, we’re often so busy with the responsibilities of life that we don’t have the time to stand back and check that we’re doing all of these things! But there’s good news: achieving wellness isn’t as time-consuming or mysterious as is sometimes believed. Below, we’ve put together a handy seven stage guide for ensuring you’re the best version of yourself.
The Core Ingredients
You will certainly have heard that “you are what you eat,” which is certainly true. However, the message doesn’t seem to get through! Eating healthy meals is simple – they can take fifteen minutes – and have bags of benefits. They won’t just prevent you from intaking too many calories; they’ll also improve your mental function, overall health, and more. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to eating well, then take a look at some of the most popular healthy eating blogs. The lack of effort this takes combined with the potential benefits makes adding this to your lifestyle a no-brainer!
Controlling The Stress Levels
If you’re a functioning member of society in the 21st century, then you’re likely routinely subjected to flashing lights, pinging noises, pressures to be this way or another, and so on. All of this combines to make us a bunch of stressed citizens which, aside from robbing us of our happiness and making even simple tasks difficult, also wreaks havoc with our health. If you’re beginning to feel that your stress-levels are causing you problems (remember, a little bit of stress is fine!), then look at relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and exercise. This will provide you with better well-being!
In the Office
One of the most common causes of stress is our job. It’s easy to get caught up in the pressure of delivering your best work, and since we’re there for so many hours each day, it’s something that can quickly build up. However, you don’t have to live with this pressure. Many companies now have employee wellbeing initiatives, so speak with your superiors if you’re beginning to feel the strain of work. There are also a few things you can do yourself to lower your stress at work, such as going for regular walks, sharing your workload, and avoiding the food and drinks that raises the heart rate.
Into the Outdoors
We’ve all been flocking to cities for so long that we assume this is our natural environment, but the truth is that it’s not. Humans belong in the outdoors; it’s where we spent close to 100,000 years before we migrated to cities! If you live in a city, then your opportunities to spend time in the natural world might be limited, but with a bit of extra effort, you can get your dose of scenic goodness. No matter how big your city is, there will be a natural trail within an hour’s drive. Head out there for the Saturday – or even better, the weekend – and you’ll feel all the better for it.
Friends and Family
We’re social creatures. Spending time with our friends and family is an important factor in making sure that we’re feeling our best (and this isn’t just mental well-being, either: studies have shown social time improves our physical health, too). Though it’s easy to get wrapped up in what we’re doing in life, it’s important that we take time to see our loved ones. An afternoon spent with people that love and care for us can make all the difference.
Knowing When To Stop
Of course, it won’t do much good doing all the “right” things if you’re also doing all the “bad” things. If you’re drinking too much alcohol, or smoking too many cigarettes, or not getting enough sleep, then you’ll be compromising your all-around well-being. Now, we know it can be difficult to cut these things out of your life, so find the quitting (or reducing) habits that work best for you. If you need an extra dose of motivation, think of how good you’ll feel when they’re no longer in your life.
Working Up a Sweat
Finally, the number one rule for improving physical and mental well-being: exercise! There is a long list of benefits to working up a sweat, and next to no downsides. Make it part of your routine, and you’ll notice the improvements almost straightaway (hint: these include more energy, feeling happier, and looking better!).