At some point in our day, week or month we can often find ourselves in a rut for various reasons – family, relationships, work, health etc. This can bring about feelings of overwhelm, stress, anxiety, depression and self worth issues. Life, from time to time will do this to you – I guarantee you, but the most important thing here is how you choose to deal with what comes your way. By changing your attitude and formulating good, positive habits, you put yourself in a much better position to take charge of the uneasy feelings that come with every day stressors.
With the festive season fast approaching and work wrapping up for most of us, I wanted to share with you some suggestions on how to better manage your mental wellbeing to provide you with the energy and emotional balance you need to get you through.
Here are 5 ways to improve your wellbeing:
Connection is a basic human need. There is strong evidence to suggest that social
relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing. This might mean spending some
quality time with a loved one, catching up with a friend or expand your friendship
2. Stay Active
Find an activity you really enjoy doing and make it a part of your life. Physical activity
has a positive affect on your mental wellbeing, so the sooner you schedule in a class
at the gym, go for a walk or participate in a yoga class the sooner you will be
releasing endorphins – the happy hormone!
3. Keep Learning
Stimulating our minds in different ways can provide us with a sense of achievement,
confidence and purpose. Engage in a new activity or research something you have
wondered about, as continued learning through life enhances your self-esteem and
encourages social interaction.
4. Give to others
With Christmas around the corner giving is what this time of year is all about, but I
challenge you in the lead up to do so mindfully in this busy time. It may well be in
the form of a gift or it could be a simple hello, a smile, a thank you or a kind word to
someone you know or you just met. The smallest act of kindness counts.
5. Be Mindful
Finally – the most important state you could possibly be in is ‘the present moment’.
Live in the now and appreciate each moment for what it is. All too often we are
caught up thinking of where we need to be next or how we could have changed the
past and we forget to be in the now. The sooner we learn to be aware of our
thoughts, feelings, physical body and the world around us, the easier it will be to
shift the way we feel about life and how we approach the challenges.
Please take some time in your day to practice these tips. By doing so you are allowing your physical, emotional and mental health to rest, restore and rejuvenate to be the best version of you each day!
‘Awaken Your Physical Health’
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Accredited Exercise Scientist
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