Wellbeing is simply the state of being comfortable, happy and healthy in your mind. We should all be taking care of our wellbeing and putting time aside each day to make sure you are looking after yourself. Modern life often sees us rushing around with very busy schedules, looking after others before ourselves and just not dedicating time to you.
Now is the perfect time to give your wellbeing a quick checkover. Read on to find out the 5 basic ways to overall mental and physical wellbeing.
Connecting with yourself and others is a really important step in your wellbeing journey. When you connect with yourself, you are learning about yourself on a deeper emotional level which allows you to understand the fundamental parts of your personality and what really makes you truly happy and satisfied. Connecting with others may be a bit different to usual at the moment due to the current circumstances, but by using social media, video calling or simply picking up the phone, you are able to reach out to friends, family, work colleagues or others that have similar hobbies and interests to you. It’s really important, now more than ever, to talk about your experiences and emotions.
Being active in your day to day life is great for the mind. Taking a brisk walk in the fresh air, going on a bike ride or simply cleaning the house will all raise your heart rate and flood your body with endorphins, which in turn, make you feel so much better in yourself. However, being active isn’t just about physical exercise. Having an active mind is an extremely important step to overall wellbeing.
Take notice of your goals and something you want to achieve. Whether that is a simple goal for the day, or a goal for the next year. Monitoring your ambitions is a great way of getting your thoughts down on paper, so to speak. Other ways of taking notice of you and your thoughts is to meditate, enjoy nature and the outdoors or simply doing whatever helps you relax like knitting, reading, embroidery, colouring or doing puzzles.
As humans, we are constantly learning and developing each and every day. The well known phrase ‘you learn something new every day’ is definitely true! We learn from our and others’ mistakes and grow from them. Use time to learn about yourself and what gives you motivation. Learning also includes developing new skills such as a new language, teaching yourself to play a musical instrument or taking a course to build on your existing knowledge in an area. The current situation sees the majority of us with much more time on our hands, which is perfect for learning or building on a skill.
Your wellbeing will thank you for this one. Giving to others and your community will in turn, give you back satisfaction and pride that you have helped someone that may need a little bit of upliftment. Volunteering for charities, giving small tokens of love, donating to food banks, or simply just offering some of your time to those in need are all fantastic ways to give.