Simple wellness tips for positive physical and mental health
Putting ourselves first can come tricky to a lot of people! Between busy work schedules and after-school activities, it can be hard to make the time for our own wellbeing. However, our health is extremely important and we can’t achieve much if it’s not at its best.
You’ll often hear wellness talked about as a lifestyle change. However, sometimes it’s best to start small – even minor changes can make a real difference. Taking up a few simple wellness habits, like taking relaxing nature walks, is all we need to give our health a kick in the right direction.
Here are some tips to improve your physical and mental health that you can fit into your busy schedule.
Fit in time to exercise
Carving out the time in our busy days to get active can sometimes feel impossible. Even if you manage to clear some time, exercise might not be your go-to after a long day. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. After all, it’s talked about a lot for a reason! Exercise is known for its many physical benefits, such as increasing fitness, weight loss, improving mood and reducing stress levels.
The best way to start is by figuring out what type of exercise works for you. If you don’t like the gym, working out at home may be the way to go. You don’t have to deck out a new gym in your spare room, instead opt for one piece of fitness equipment, like a treadmill or a stationary bike, that you use regularly. This way, you can easily fit in time to exercise without having to pay gym membership. If you prefer exercising outdoors, you can try nature walks or parkruns.
Once you figure out what type of exercise works for you, you can start finding the time for it. Start small – 10 minutes a day – to create a habit that can eventually grow over time. Once you get used to setting aside the time, you can work up to 20 minutes or half-an-hour.
Block out noise and light to get some sleep
One of the easiest ways to look after yourself is to get a good night’s rest. It’s easier said than done with responsibilities and stresses that make falling asleep every night a battle.
However, sleep helps our bodies repair and restore themselves and can provide many benefits, from improving our immune system and mental health, to weight loss. It’s no wonder our health, both physical and mental, can suffer when we don’t get enough of it.
If you can’t sleep in silence or have noisy neighbors, a simple solution is to pick out some earplugs to block out all the noise. If you’re looking for something a little more hi-tech,noise cancelling headphones can reduce outside noise and enhance any music you’re playing to help you sleep. If light coming through your window is causing problems, sleep masks are the way to go.
Food prep ahead of time
Eating a well-balanced diet is crucial for both physical and mental health. A well-balanced diet can help with weight loss, as well as maintaining health overall. Dietary choices can also greatly affect mental health – sugar and processed food are especially known for affecting mood.
Changing your diet isn’t easy, but it can be done in small steps. Start by planning your meals as much as possible. This can be done by picking one meal for lunches for the week and cooking them on Sunday. Next, make a commitment to try one new recipe each week or month. These small steps will become second nature and you will start building healthier habits in time. Plus, it can save you a lot of time in the mornings!
Break free from your routine
With all our responsibilities and hectic schedule, it’s easy to get caught up in our routines and find ourselves in a rut. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to break free from your routine.
Focus on spending time with loved ones to help break up the every day routine. Set aside some time on the weekend to see a movie with your family, have a date night with your partner, or if the weather is nice, a picnic in the park with a few friends. You can always get outside and try a new walking track or pull out the gear you need for your favorite outdoor activity and get some sun at the local park.
Try going somewhere new to well and truly break out of old habits. Whether it’s a restaurant you’ve had your eye on for a while, or a different type of movie than one you’d usually go for, try something new!
Explore new hobbies
Exploring new hobbies is a great way to look after your mental health. Hobbies can be indoor, outdoor, creative, practical, adventurous, relaxing – or all of the above. As well as helping you break free from your routine, hobbies provide many mental health benefits, such as relieving stress, providing new challenges and experiences to remember, increasing self-esteem and confidence and providing the opportunity to meet new people. Try a few online games to relax and break free from a hectic routine.
While there are different things you can do to look after your physical and mental health – doing one will often impact the other. Even if you focus on your physical health, your mental health will reap the benefits, and vice versa!