I talk a lot about how we can improve our base level wellbeing and happiness. Life is often tough, there are so many things that we can't control - but crucially there are also several that we can. There are 6 key wellness factors that really help - three which are primarily physical and three predominantly mental and emotional.
In part 1 today I deal with the three physical factors: Sleep, Nutrition and Physical Activity. All three are vital for overall health and well-being. I got into them in more detail elsewhere, but here are some quick and creative ways to improve each one:
Create a calming bedtime routine that includes reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques.
Invest in high-quality bedding and comfortable sleepwear.
Use a white noise machine or essential oils to create a relaxing sleep environment.
Try sleeping with a weighted blanket to reduce stress and anxiety.
Incorporate a meditation practice into your daily routine to reduce stress and improve sleep quality.
Experiment with new recipes and healthy ingredients to keep meals interesting and flavorful. Recipe boxes such as Gousto, HelloFresh or Green Chef are a great and easy way to do this.
Incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet, such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Aim for a colourful plate for both health benefits and visual appeal.
Use herbs and spices to add flavor to dishes instead of relying on salt or sugar.
Practice mindful eating by paying attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues. Put your phone away and eat slowly, savouring every mouthful. You'll be amazed how much more satisfying it is.
Try a new form of exercise, such as dance or martial arts, to keep things interesting. If you've always thought you might like it, you likely will!
Set fitness goals for yourself, such as running a 5K or completing a yoga challenge. Track your progress to stay motivated.
Incorporate exercise into your daily routine by walking or biking to work and commit to always walking on escalators and taking the stairs if you're going up or down fewer than 3 floors.
Join a fitness class or workout with a friend to stay motivated and accountable. Make it fun with a chat over a healthy post-workout walk, herbal tea or sparkling water.
Incorporate strength training into your routine to build muscle and improve overall fitness. Most gyms have fitness trainers on hand with a free consultation to help you get started.
There are so many creative and enjoyable ways to improve sleep, nutrition, and fitness. Try some out, experiment and give yourself space to feel the rewards. Positive changes to your health and well-being are just a step away.