Putting the ‘well’ in wellbeing

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This week marks the start of World wellbeing week and raising awareness about how to improve and maintain your own and others’ physical and mental wellbeing.

What does wellbeing mean?

Simply put, wellbeing is the state of being healthy, comfortable and happy. Now, this may seem difficult to achieve at times, but there are always things you can do to try and improve your state of mind. Little steps towards achievable goals are the best way forward, because achieving something is a great way to help improve your mindset and will encourage and drive you towards improving further.

Top tips for best wellbeing

There is a multitude of different ways you can improve and maintain your wellbeing, but here are some simple steps which are easy to start with:

  • Get a good amount of sleep. Having too much or too little sleep can really impact your health and how you feel throughout your day, so make sure you have just enough for you. Try and create an evening routine for yourself and stick to it.
  • Exercise! Although some of us may not like it, moving around helps with your physical health massively. It doesn’t mean you have to start training for a marathon, but you could do something as simple as going for a walk in the park, a bicycle ride or home workout
  • Eating and diet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m partial to a bit of chocolate and junk food, but with your diet it’s all about moderation. If you want a cheat day or two, go for it! But just make sure you look after yourself in the coming days. Having a well-balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, protein and more is connected to good mental and physical health.
  • Challenge yourself. Keeping your mind active is a great way towards good wellbeing. You can take up a new hobby or learn a new skill.
  • Talk! There is no shame in asking for help or admitting you aren’t coping. Good friends and family are always a great support network for if you may be struggling, so don’t be scared to talk about how you are feeling. There are also loads of support groups both online and within the local community, so connect with people! You’ll be surprised with what’s out there.

 

What help is out there?

If you are feeling overwhelmed, there is plenty of help. There are many charities dedicated for the sole purpose of supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing. Mind and Youngminds are a dedicated charity for people of ages, supporting their mental health. The NHS also have specialist staff which you can contact and speak to.

 

Just remember…

Wellbeing is not a temporary thing, it should be reviewed regularly and adjusted accordingly to your needs and emotions. There are always people who want to help and there’s no harm or shame in asking for it. Do a little something everyday to make yourself happy and you will find over time you’ll see improvements in all aspects of life.

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