World Wellbeing Week is an annual campaign aimed at highlighting the huge range of factors that can affect our health and happiness, and the many aspects of our lives that contribute to it. Taking action to improve our wellbeing has never been more important, with a recent government report highlighting the decline in mental wellbeing following the Coronavirus pandemic[i].
This week is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on your personal wellbeing, and decide what simple steps you could take to improve your health and happiness. Read on for some of our favourite wellness-boosting tips.
Connecting with other people and nurturing relationships can improve our mental wellbeing by increasing our sense of belonging and self-worth, as well as creating opportunities to enjoy positive experiences. This doesn’t mean that we have to burn the candle at both ends with non-stop socialising – connecting can be as simple as turning off the tv and sitting down at the table to eat your meals with your family, friends or partner. Making the most of technology and reaching out to friends or family via video call can even help you to connect to the people in your life who live further away.
We all know by now that being active is great for our physical wellbeing – but did you know it has proven benefits for our mental wellbeing too? Not only can it improve our self esteem and give us a sense of accomplishment, it actually causes chemical changes in our brain that makes us feel more positive[ii]. While the idea of spending hours in the gym isn’t something many of us find appealing – don’t be put off. Find an activity that you enjoy, whether it be dancing, swimming or cycling. Simply making the most of the warmer weather and getting outside for a walk is a great way to get moving and connect with nature – a double win for wellbeing.
Learning new skills can help to give us a sense of purpose and boost our confidence – both of which are key for improving our wellbeing and self-worth. While you may not have time to commit to an online course or take on new studies, there are lots of simple ways you can bring learning into your life. For example, trying a new recipe and learning how to cook something new, or finding a podcast that can educate you on something that you’re interested in. Learning doesn’t have to mean sitting at a desk or taking exams, so be creative and find something that works for you.
Acts of kindness and giving to others can not only help to improve your wellbeing, but the wellbeing of others too by helping you to create positive feelings and connect with other people. This could be a small act of kindness, such as buying your friend a coffee or even sending a thank you note to somebody who has helped you. Depending on the time you have available, you could try this on a larger scale – such as offering to help a friend or family member with a DIY project, or taking on a volunteering role in the local community.
What we eat doesn’t just affect our physical wellbeing - it affects our mental wellbeing too. Eating a varied and nutritious diet can make sure our body has everything that it needs to function optimally, and give us the energy to feel our best every day. To boost your brain and support your mental health, try incorporating more fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, to ensure that you’re getting the essential nutrients that you need for your cognitive, psychological and mental performance.
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