One of my key focus points for this year is to concentrate on my wellbeing. That is, by the end of 2016 I want to have found myself a routine, mindset and way of life that prioritises or at the very least, acknowledges the importance of my wellbeing.
Making my wellbeing a priority has been something I’ve struggled with for a long time. I easily get distracted with work or relationships, often putting too much into helping others feel better about themselves, but many a time forgetting to take care of myself. Before I know it, I’m feeling drained or burned out. I end up suffering with fatigue, feeling bloated and sometimes rather down.
With that in mind I aim to concentrate on self-care. Because by putting my wellbeing at the forefront of my priorities all those other aspect of my life are bound to improve. My mind will be quicker, my body fitter, and heart happier. I will be able to cope better with stress, to deal with challenges quickly, and most importantly set myself up for a healthier, happier future.
5 Steps To Boost Your Wellbeing
1. Reducing sugar, dairy and wheat.
About two years ago I gave up sugar, dairy and wheat and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my wellbeing. It was hard, trust me. Those three ingredients are in most foods in your supermarket. The first time we went food shopping on the food diet we left feeling rather deflated. The biggest challenge was coming up with meals that were tasty and without sugar, dairy and wheat. It also left me feeling quite hungry for the first two weeks. I’d go to bed with my stomach rumbling. But once those first 14 days were over my body adjusted to the new meals and I noticed the differences. All my bloating had gone (not that I’d realised I had it), I was sleeping more soundly and I had tons of energy.
Action point: Start simple by replacing your usual hot beverages filled with milk with a Twinings Steamed Green Tea. I have been drinking loads of the Steamed Green Tea with Velvet Jasmine. I find it super uplifting and easy to drink. The tea bags come in individually wrapped sachets so you can pop them in you handbag when you’re on the road.
2. Take time off digital
I’ve mentioned this quite recently, taking a digital detox is a fantastic way to deal with burn out and overwhelm. As much as the digital communication age has brought a heap of benefits it can be such a time suck, getting in the way of productivity and even stirring up negative feelings. Instead of spending hours mindlessly scrolling through social feeds and updating every single moment of my life, it was most welcome to cut off completely for a few days. The result was I felt enormously inspired and motivated.
Action point: Schedule in 24 hours with no access to social media into your calendar. Start with once a month and increase if you notice the difference and it’s plausible with your job. Here are my own tips for a digital detox.
3. Fresh air
Sounds simple, right? Possibly obvious? Yet, there are times when I haven’t really been getting enough fresh air. When I’m working from home I can often get so caught up in the work that I forget that the outside world exists. And even if I do it’s often the case I am driving somewhere, being indoors, etc. The importance of fresh air is probably second to none. It’s life-giving, nourishing, uplifting. I taker regular walks, even if it’s a brisk 10 minutes after lunch. It’s the number one way to make my brain a better place to be.
Action point: Walk to shop. Get off the tube a stop earlier. Plan a meeting in a local park cafe. Grab your warmest jacket and drive into the middle of the countryside, park up and just walk until you legs start to throb and your lungs are full.
4. Creative inspiration
Our minds need creativity. It keeps other areas of the brain active and is proven to grow new pathways for those neurons firing around the place. That, and it just feels darn good for the soul to get a good dose of creative inspiration on a regular basis.
Action point: Learn a new creative skill. Take a craft class. Read a new piece of literature. Paint. Listen to a new playlist on Spotify. Seek a film to watch from a genre different to usual picks.
Something so simple but constantly overlooked is taking the time to full stretch. Stretching allows for better circulation of blood and gets oxygen moving to all parts of the body. The result is your body and mind will increase in functionality and you will feel more alert and energetic.
Taking a regular yoga class is a great way to ensure you are fully stretching all parts of your body. Otherwise make sure you have a good stretch morning, noon and night to really get that blood pumping, joints moving and muscles awakening.
Action point: Schedule in a weekly yoga class. Set an alarm on your smartphone to remind you to stretch three times a day. Search for a stretch exercise video on YouTube or PopSugar Fitness.
What small changes can you make to your routine to boost your wellbeing?
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