Health and wellbeing a big topic at the moment; we’ve all had a difficult couple of years and this has really brought the topic of wellbeing to the forefront o fthe conversation. There are many things you can do to improve your wellbeing – the simpler the better.
Smaller changes are easier to implement and more likely to last than trying to implement a massive life overhaul.
Here are some simple things you can do to improve your wellbeing:
I am a big fan of meditation; I meditate every day. It’s something I’ve done off and on for years, but I didn’t manage to make it a daily habit until I made it super easy for me to do. Rather than try to set aside an hour every day, I set a timer for ten minutes and tell myself that’s all I need to do. Another way you could make it a habit you’ll stick to is to find yourself the best meditation rug you can, and make it into a real treat of an experience.
Meditation has been shown to help with focus and concentration, and can also really help with physical health.
Get fresh air and sunlight
At this time of year, there’s not much sunlight to be had – but you can still get some fresh air! Did you know that if you go outside and get natural sunlight onto your skin and into your eyes first thing in the morning, it creates a chain reaction of hormones that can actually lead to helping you to sleep better? It sounds bonkers but honestly, it’s true. Getting sunlight and fresh air is one of the most simple things you can do to improve your overall wellbeing.
Add fruits & vegetables to your diet
A lot of dietary advice is focused on what you shouldn’t be eating, and all the things you should cut out to improve your health. This fosters a sense of missing out though, of having to give things up – and that feeling of not being allowed to have something is the reason a lot of diets fail. And then we find ourselves back on the sofa with a giant pizza (just me?) thinking it’s not worth the bother. Rather than hop on the bandwagon of a massive life overhaul diet, try to make small changes like just adding in an extra portion of fruit or vegetables each day. If you’re going to have pizza for dinner, could you chop up some cucumber sticks to munch on while you wait for it to arrive? At least then you’ve had something healthy! If you really can’t find a way to eat fruits and vegetables, juice might be the answer. When you learn more about how juices are made and all of the different benefits of drinking them, you’ll definitely want to try them.
Get more sleep
If you ask any health expert what is the one thing people can do to improve their health, longevity and wellbeing, most will say that we should start with sleep. It’s so simple, but we really do need to get a decent sleep every night – and to be on a consistent sleeping schedule – in order to feel good. Did you know there’s actually such a thing as social jet lag? This is the discrepancy between the sleep we get in a normal week, and the change in sleeping pattern at the weekend – it can actually cause as much disturbance as jet lag!
Talk to people
Humans are social animals, and even the most unsocable of people (hello!) needs to interact with other human beings from time to time. Whether we realise it or not, we crave that connection with other people. This doesn’t mean you need to call a friend and have an hour-long heart to heart (unless you want to). It could mean that you make eye contact with the casher in the supermarket and say thanks, or you make conversation with the person behind you in the post office queue. Honestly I think this is why people have jobs like driver companions, where they just go with someone to a hospital appointment or something – because then you get that basic human interaction and connection. If you learn more about driver companions you’ll see why people love it.