What does wellbeing mean to you?
Wellbeing is a term that is very often used and some would say is even on trend at the moment with many companies and workplaces offering ‘wellbeing clinics’ and 'wellbeing days'. But what does wellbeing mean? More importantly what does wellbeing mean to you? To put it simply, wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy, but how you achieve this state is very much a personal journey. For some this is taking a walk, for others it’s meditating or practicing yoga and for some it’s laying in the bath with an abundance of candles, it really is down to the individual.
But once you look past the definition of wellbeing, it’s important to actually practice it, put it into place and measure it. There are many internal and external factors that can influence whether you focus on your wellbeing, often, we intend to go to spin, or yoga, or have that relaxing bath, but when we get home the kids are crying, the dog hasn’t been fed and quite frankly you’re knackered! Now, I understand that taking time out to focus on just yourself is no mean feat, we feel obliged to put others first and always do everything, but making a conscious effort to focus on yourself and your wellbeing could be the best decision you ever make as it’ll improve your mindset overall, allowing for a happier, healthier, more comfortable you.
So, with this in mind, here are my 5 top tips on how to boost your wellbeing:
Schedule in a little ‘YOU’ time every day
Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, use this time to have a bath, put some headphones on and go for a walk or a jog or even just sit and have a cup of tea with no distractions. I know it’s easier said than done, but try not to think about anything negative, or anything that may cause you stress, focus on the positive, the things that make you happy.
Address your feelings
It’s perfectly ok to have a bad day, even a bad few days. But the key is to ask yourself why you’re having a bad day. By doing so, you might ask yourself “is this a helpful thought”, “how could I turn this into a positive”, allowing yourself to shift any negative thoughts and feelings and focus on the positive.
Check in with friends (not just by text)
With the busy lifestyles we all lead, it can be easy to go days, even weeks without talking to your friends. It is important to regularly check in and say hi. You’ll probably find that they’ll snap you out of any bad moods that you may be experiencing and make you laugh, or you may find that by them simply asking “how are you?” you may open up and talk about your feelings. Both of which are super good for the soul.
Exercise and release those endorphins
I appreciate you may not be able to do this every day, but where you can, try and be as active as possible. This doesn't mean you have to go the gym, if you’re short for time, a walk is sufficient. By releasing those endorphins you’ll instantly improve your mood.
Nourish your body
Where you can, try and get some goodness into your body, you’ll feel so much better for it. I swear by a morning green smoothie (sharply followed by a morning coffee and occasional slab of cake).
If you can factor these things into your day or even your week, trust me, you’ll swiftly notice a huge difference. Give it a go!