What is Wellbeing? In its simplest terms it’s a positive balance of your physical, mental and spiritual health and happiness. It is important to manage all areas of your health to optimise your happiness.
There are number of recognised pillars of wellbeing, but each vary slightly depending on who you talk to from a physical and mental perspective we talk about sleep, nutrition, investment in self and exercise, but there are additional emotional pillars which include gratitude, kindness and inclusivity.
All the pillars are important to our wellbeing, but we are all unique, so we respond differently depending on what works best for us personally. Our top general tips include:
Find your Positive
If you’re having negative thoughts it’s really important to keep perspective and not let them take over. Start each morning with a positive thought, something you are grateful for or a goal you want to achieve that day. It could be emotional, like your family healthy? Or it could be a goal that you are going to achieve, for example make and take a healthy packed lunch to work?
The process of focusing on a positive thought brings you into the present and it helps to prevent negative, scary ones from taking over. Each time you feel a negative thought go back to your positive thought or goal; say it aloud, write it down and make it real.
Make time for something that makes you fulfilled and happy
What makes you happy? Is it exercise, spending uninterrupted time with a loved one, cooking, walking in nature. It’s different for everybody, but whatever it is make time in your diary to spend time doing what you love. When we’re stressed, making time for our self is the last thing on our mind, but it is proven to help stress from escalating.
Smile at everyone you see today
When you smile it automatically sends signals to your brain to trigger the release of happy chemicals, dopamine and serotonin, so even if you’re not feeling particularly happy, even the act of smiling can make you feel happier.
But even better than that is the ripple effect it can have on those around you. Have you noticed how it makes you feel when you smile at someone and their face lights up as they smile back at you. You have just had a positive effect on someone else’s wellbeing.
There are so many other things you can do to get happy and healthy, but these are three of our favourite.
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