How to develop healthy habits and give your wellbeing a boost
It’s not been the easiest start to 2021, and although there is light at the end of the tunnel, it’s still so important we look after ourselves both physically and mentally. So while we look ahead to brighter days, it’s a great opportunity to use this time we might not otherwise have had, to focus on ourselves and look at how we can develop some healthy habits to help us feel better and ready to make the most of the rest of the year!
Here are just a few ways you can start to develop some new habits to promote healthy mind and body:
With lockdown leaving many of us feeling isolated, it’s important to look for ways we can stay connected with people we like to be around, who help you feel safe and good about yourself. And remember by reaching out to others, you’re not only helping yourself but others too!
Get some Zzzzz’s!
With lots of uncertainty plus life starting to look busy again it can be easy to neglect your sleep. But getting a proper rest is one of the best things we can do to look after our mind. Ways to help us get into a good sleep routine include reducing screen time at night, cutting down on caffeine and doing something relaxing before bedtime.
Physical exercise brings so many benefits to our mental health, and it doesn’t need to be a huge amount – just 20 minutes of exercise a day has been shown to elevate our mood. So whether it’s a big walk in the fresh air, or even some gardening, get those endorphins flowing and feel the difference!
Do something you love!
One of the best ways to give ourselves a mental boost is to do something we enjoy – listening to music, reading a book, cooking, dancing, getting into nature... it’s entirely up to you! Whatever it is, try and take small steps each week for some self-care, and start to see the benefits. Remember, self-care isn’t selfish!
Eat a balanced diet
What we eat and drink can make a big difference to how we feel, so try and stick to a balanced diet as much as you can. So have those treats, but also make time to drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruit and veg, and give both your physical and mental health a helping hand.
Routines are good for us
And the reason routines are good for our mental wellbeing are that they can help ground us when everything else around seems to be out with our control and chaotic.
Think of your day like a good story, it has a beginning, middle and end. You have morning, afternoon and evening. Try to identify three simple activities you can do regularly at these times daily and notice the difference it makes.
Unplug from technology
Can you survive a single day without your mobile phone? Technology can be a mixed bag as the devices that help you access valuable information and just as important, keeps you connected with family and friends, can also be a major source of distraction. It may be missing the opportunity to spend time to talk directly to others, participate in a hobby, read or have a clear run at concentrating on your studies without distraction. So why not set yourself a limit to your online time, and see what else you can do instead with the time.
And if you’d like a bit of support to help you manage your own mental health, then get in touch for a no obligation chat about how we can help.