As part of our January series, helping you to start the year on a positive, we’re exploring how to improve wellness today.
Wellness is the state of being in good health, mentally and physically, especially as an actively pursued goal.
We all know that exercise does amazing things for our mental health, as well as our physical health. But aside from exercising, what can you do to improve your wellness, focus on your mental health and make time for yourself?
It’s a challenge when life is busy but the following tips should help make your mind and wellness a priority.
1. More early nights
Sleep is so important for your overall health and wellbeing. Not getting enough sleep can lead to problems focusing, cravings for unhealthy food and can also impact your mental health – affecting your self esteem and causing you to worry.
Get to bed earlier, establish a bedtime routine and turn off your phone an hour before you need to sleep. This will help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to make good decisions the next day.
2. Ditch technology
Submerging into a hot bubbly bath and getting absorbed into a great book sounds like an amazing evening, right? This is the perfect restorative time and a great opportunity to relax. Try and do this instead of watching TV one evening a week – you’ll enjoy the impact it makes!
3. Fresh air
We know that London’s not renowned for its fresh air but getting out into the open is great for you. Fit a walk around the block into your lunch break, jump off the tube or bus a stop earlier or take a weekend stroll. This gives you time to think, unwind and soak in some Vitamin D.
4. Time out!
Reduce your screentime by taking time away from social media and using your phone, if you’re watching tv or a film put your phone away to stop you mindlessly scrolling. Our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average Brit checking their phone as much as 28 times a day, affecting self-esteem, concentration and memory.
5. People time
Nothing makes you feel valued and happy like time with the people you love. Make plans with friends or family to do something fun like bowling or going to the cinema, keeping you active and giving you all time to have fun together.
Wellness is an active process and it should be fun and rewarding. We hope you enjoy the journey!