I share this top 5 with all my classes and workshops. In no particular order – they all inter-are and each is important.
Go to bed on time – a good night’s sleep is crucial for our wellbeing. Develop a ‘sleep hygiene’ routine. I.e Get a bed time routine and work towards a good bedtime to get enough sleep (7-8 hours) for the time you want to get up. Get quite and screen free a few hours before bed
Move your body every day. Our bodies are made to be moved and movement benefits both physical and mental health. In fact the evidence shows moving your body is the BEST thing you can do for your mental health. To make it extra beneficial – get outdoors! My prescription is a 20 minute walk in nature every day. x
Eat well – what we eat affects our body, our mind and mood. Good nutrition is important, you can do your research on this one but basically fruit and veg, less processed and less sugar is the way to go.
Practice mindfulness. Stopping and pausing for a few conscious breaths or 10-15 minutes of meditation every day will improve your outlook, resilience and confidence. In my experience meditation is best practiced as a group activity so please if you can join with a friend to practice, or join a class or group – there are Loads out there. Otherwise I highly recommend the app ‘Insight Timer’ available on both Android and iOS.
Connect with nature, with animals and the people around you. This means having screen free time every day. We are all connected but sometimes we’re too busy (or connected to devices) to notice. Take time to connect with friends and family everyday. This means really stopping and listening. Nature and animals are also part of our world and its nourishing for our mind and body to connect with these things too.
Self-care is not selfish, it is wise when we look after ourselves. When we fill up our own cup we are more able to be there and care for others.
Extra tips for wellbeing – I have other posts on these.
- Practice gratitude
- Do random acts of kindness
Please let me know what you think and how it works for you?