Wellbeing ideas for busy people

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Wellbeing is the feeling of being healthy, comfortable and happy. It can help you realise your potential, cope with the normal stresses of life and work more productively.

It doesn’t involve spending money on expensive holidays or gadgets, it’s all about taking the time to look after ourselves. But we all have busy lives with many calls on our time, and too often we put our own wellbeing right at the bottom of our list because it can feel like just another thing to do. However, wellbeing can help you feel positive and recharge your batteries to help you tackle everything else on the list more effectively.

Here are some thoughts on improving your wellbeing:

Relax
Relaxation is a personal thing and there isn’t one ‘relaxing’ activity that suits everyone. Be honest with yourself about activities that you find relaxing. It could be meeting up with friends, going for a walk, taking a hot bath, reading a book, or having 5 minutes for a cuppa. Whatever it is, start to factor in dedicated time to relax each week and don’t feel guilty that you’re doing ‘nothing’ – you’re taking a well-deserved break to improve your wellbeing.

Exercise
According to the NHS, there's a link between being physically active and good mental wellbeing. You don’t have to join the gym to get physically active, instead, look at ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Take the stairs. Get off public transport a couple of stops earlier and walk (which will also save money!). Park your car as far away as you can from the supermarket, office or school. The NHS has a whole list of ideas to get you active for free here.

Sleep
According to the Mental Health Foundation, sleep is as vital to our health as breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. It helps us to be ready for the challenges that everyday life throws at us. If you’re not getting good quality sleep, make sure your bedroom isn’t causing the issue – is it too bright? Hot? Cold? Noisy? Do you have distracting devices twinkling away? Also look at your bedtime routines – are you eating, drinking or exercising too near bedtime? You can find more tips to improve your sleep here.

Eat
We all know that eating and drinking well improves our health and gives us energy throughout our day. But did you know it also boosts wellbeing? Balance is the key to getting your diet right; eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. The NHS has a wide variety of information and advice available here.

Learn
New environments and experiences are also good for your brain; challenging it to work harder and think differently. Get your brain active with a new hobby or skill, you may also meet new people, achieve a sense of fulfilment and increase your self-confidence. There are plenty of opportunities all around to learn, so start looking for a new skill that you could enjoy today.

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