WHAT IMPACTS OUR HEALTH & WELLBEING?
There are a few universal factors that have a massive impact upon our mental health and wellbeing. These include physical factors, financial factors, career factors, social factors, community factors and spiritual factors. Each one of these can improve and decline our overall health and wellbeing. For most people it’s impossible to always keep each one of these factors perfect, life can bring about many changes and challenges. Therefore, we have made a list of three consistent things you can do to enhance your mental health & well-being no matter what life brings.
SCHEDULE IN SOME QUALITY ME TIME
Being comfortable in your own company is a powerful way to truly explore what makes you happy without any outside pressures. Many people will use quality alone time to tap into their creative or athletic side and find a hobby that they genuinely love to do, whether this is running, writing, or painting. There’s no better freedom then switching off from the world and finding a way to spend some quality time alone.
This doesn’t always have to involve finding a hobby. If you have a hectic schedule, you may find yourself needing to rest and unwind in your spare time. There are many ways you can do this, such as scheduling in a relaxing deep tissue massage or simply putting on a face mask and relaxing in the bath. Having a favourite sports massage therapist that you can rely on to lower your blood pressure and increase your serotonin levels will help you both mentally and physically.
GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Giving back to the community can help you to build a strong connection with others and can give you a well-deserved sense of pride and belonging. Altruism is an act of putting others before yourself which is not only fantastic for the people that you’re helping but can-do wonders for enhancing your own health & wellbeing. Giving back is a win-win for both the receiver of the help and the giver. If you search for volunteering programmes in your city, you’re bound to find a wide variety of local volunteering programmes in need of your help.
Here are a few ideas of how you can spend some quality time looking after those that need your help:
- Help at your local church
- Volunteer at your local scouts
- Volunteer at the homeless shelter
- Volunteer at the animal shelter
- Offer to pack food bank meals
- Visit the elderly
KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Spending just 15 minutes a day to write down three things that you’re grateful for can significantly reduce your stress levels and drown out any negativity surrounding your environment. We produce 50,000 thoughts per day and 70% to 80% of those are negative. Spending a small amount of time each day making a conscious effort to focus on the positives can retrain your brain to ignore those negative thoughts when they arrive.
Thank you so much for reading! – xo N
this is a contributed post.