It's near impossible to avoid the topic of wellness. Wherever we look, we're informed about the importance of looking after not only our physical health, but also our mental health and it's something I have always tried to be mindful of in my life. Experiencing times where I have struggled with my own mental and physical health has made me more aware of putting my health at the forefront of life. All be it a difficult thing to do, I often try to make time for 'me', and I am sure most of you reading this are guilty of letting your physical and mental health suffer. I am by no means an expert but what I do have is experience and knowledge of how I turned my life into a life that I want to live, and how I made more time for the things that make my mind, body and soul happy. Below are some examples of ways in which I've tried to add more positivity into my life. So I'm going to kick things off with some simple hints and tips that you can do at home, at work or whilst out and about.
► Wake Up Earlier
This may be tricky for some but I'm naturally an early bird. For a while I got into the bad habit of scrolling through my phone whilst in bed, wasting time. Now, I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than I would usually wake. In this time I stretch, sit for 15 minutes, write down the things I want to achieve in the day; whatever I am feeling like that morning. If the weather is nice I like to step outside and breathe in the fresh air. I find giving myself more time in the morning really sets me up for the day. It allows me to have more clarity, rather than waking up, scrolling through my phone, running out of time and subsequently rushing around and out of the door off to work.
► Walk Every Day
Recently I have got into podcasts and have found that ending my day or breaking up my day with a walk really helps clear my head, it's also so lovely to move my body if I have been sat at a desk all day. Walking for even as little as 15/20 minutes a day could make a big difference to your mental health in the long run. Also, I know it's not a HIIT workout but walking is a great form of exercise, plus it's free!
► Say Yes More
It's so easy to put our grown-up heads on and say no to adventures, but I am all for saying yes! Now, I know it's not always possible to do everything we want but sometimes you just have to make time. Free up your diary with a little time for spontaneous adventures. I'm guilty for taking on too much and saying yes to things I really don't want to do, or piling my plate way too high with endless to-do lists; but at the start of this year I made a conscious decision to prioritise a little more and in turn it's allowed me to free up more time to go for that dinner with friends, to go for that surf adventure on the weekend and I am so much happier for doing so.
► More Sea Time, Less Screen Time
If you not lucky enough to live by the surf, then simply switch the sea for the outdoors. Ditch the bad habit that we are all guilty of, and spend more time outside in nature. Detox from technology for at least 2 hours a day… that means no phones, no TV, no computers, gaming or anything else that requires staring at a screen. Instead, fill this time with surfing, running, walking or any kind of outdoor activity. Spending more time outside is proven to improve our mental health - so what are you waiting for!
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