Five Simple Ways To Better Your Wellbeing Today
Article date Article date: 19 September 2023
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Five Simple Ways to Better Your Wellbeing Today

There’s no doubt that today’s world can be fast-paced and demanding, so it’s easy to neglect your mental and physical wellbeing. However, taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be a daunting or even expensive task. In fact, there are several simple things you can do to improve your overall health and happiness that are either free or cost very little. The key is to turn these actions into a routine—start by doing a little each day and you’ll soon discover that you begin to implement these habits automatically!

Here are five easy ways to enhance your wellbeing:

1. Prioritise Sleep

It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is essential for both mental and physical health. Yet, many of us sacrifice sleep in the pursuit of productivity or entertainment. To prioritise sleep, establish a consistent bedtime routine. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day, even on weekends (this sounds hard, we know!). Create a comfortable sleeping environment by investing in a decent mattress and pillow, and keeping your bedroom cool and dark. Limit screen time before bed, as the blue light emitted by screens can interfere with your sleep cycle. By getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night, you’ll improve your mood, cognitive function, and physical health.

2. Stay Active

Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining both mental and physical wellbeing. And, no, you don’t need to become a gym bro, sinewy marathon freak or middle-aged man in Lycra to reap the benefits of exercise (phew!). Find an activity you enjoy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, or simply taking brisk walks in your neighbourhood. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Exercise, even the light kind, releases endorphins, which boost your mood and reduce stress. Additionally, it helps maintain a healthy weight, improves cardiovascular health, and enhances your overall physical fitness.

3. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Yes, yes, we know this sounds a bit woo-woo, but incorporating mindfulness and meditation into your daily routine can have a profound impact on your mental wellbeing. These practices involve focusing your attention on the present moment and observing your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Start with just a few minutes of meditation each day and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and promotes emotional regulation and a greater sense of inner peace. You do not need to light incense and wear hemp trousers for this to work!

4. Eat a Balanced Diet

Nutrition plays a vital role in your physical and mental health. Aim for a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid excessive consumption of processed foods, sugary beverages, and caffeine. These items can lead to energy spikes and crashes, mood swings, and weight gain. A nutritious diet provides your body with the necessary nutrients for optimal function, supports healthy brain function, and improves your mood and cognitive performance.

5. Foster Social Connections

This is probably the most important habit. Human beings are inherently social creatures, and our connections with others greatly influence our mental and physical wellbeing. Make an effort to nurture your social relationships by spending time with friends and family, or by joining clubs and groups that align with your interests. Engaging in meaningful social interactions can reduce feelings of loneliness and boost your emotional resilience. Social connections also provide a support network that can help you navigate life’s challenges.

So you see—prioritising your mental and physical wellbeing doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. By incorporating these five easy things into your daily routine you’ll take significant steps toward a happier and healthier life. Remember that small changes can lead to big improvements over time, so start implementing these practices today for a better tomorrow. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

  • BCHA is currently running a free six-week wellbeing course at the Hub. If you’ve missed out on this, don’t worry—the Hub will be hosting more events like this in the future. So keep an eye on our events page!