Wellness is something that can affect all aspects of a person’s life and, because wellness relates directly to the quality of a person’s life it is something that should be prioritized.
According to psychologists, eating well and exercising gives your body and brain instant benefits in managing stress, depression, and anxiety. True well-being comes with balance, constant growth and acceptance.
To help you enhance your well-being, consider how these common domains may affect your mental health as well as your overall wellness.
It may seem to be the most common advice, but trust me, most of the people don’t follow the basic steps towards their overall wellbeing. Our body needs proper sleep and rest to heal and renew the energy to function properly. This healing is essential for physical and mental activity throughout the day.
Sufficient sleep regulates the hormones that are directly related to our mood and emotions. Most often when you feel an irritated or emotional imbalance, chances are high that your body lacks in taking enough sleep. An adult body needs nearly 6 to 7 hours of sleep per day. So make sure you get enough sleep.
Physical health is perhaps the dimension most commonly associated with wellness. Several studies have confirmed this association, particularly with an emphasis on exercise. Exercise has been shown to decrease cellular aging. Even one session can potentially improve your mood.
The average person should aim for 10,000 steps throughout the entire day. If you have a desk job, get up every 30 minutes to walk around the office or use your lunch hour for exercise.
You don’t need to sit in a room for an hour to reap the benefits of meditation. Simply take 5-10 minutes every day to clear your mind and be one with yourself.
Meditation can decrease anxiety, increase creativity, improve immune system, lower blood pressure, decrease muscle tension, improve headaches, aid in problem solving, provide self-discovery, and increase serotonin which improves overall mood and behavior.
Eat a balanced diet
Sleep alone is not going to give you the required benefits. You need to eat a healthy and balanced diet and ensure your body receives enough nutrition. The food you consume determines how healthy your inner system is. Moreover, it also helps in determining your emotional health and mental illnesses such as depression.
When your body lacks essential nutrients, it leads to serious health problems. Moreover, you end up facing emotional distress and anxiety. Health and wellness experts suggest that you should eat fruits and vegetables in sufficient amounts. Moreover, eating nuts and lentils also strengthens your heart. Try to avoid caffeine, sugar and processed food as much as possible.
Deal with stress
Although it is difficult to avoid stress nowadays, it is definitely possible to deal with it. It is very important to learn to deal with stress in a smart and effective way. For that, try to avoid the situations that cause stress. If your stress is unmanageable, note down the causes of stress as well as what actions can you take to improve your reaction, mood, and even situation?
Friends and family time
Spend more time with friends and family and your health and happiness will start to improve. Studies have shown that human interaction, especially with good friends and loved ones, will increase mood and decrease anxiety and depression.
Drink more water
Aim to drink 60oz of water every day. Try infusing your water with fruits and veggies to make it less bland.
As they say, it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Studies have shown that the act of simply smiling can instantly increase mood. Want a super boost? Laugh more too!
Compiled by Shafiya Nawzer