Wellbeing is all about overall health- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. To lead a happy and healthy lifestyle, we should be taking care of these needs, and actively taking steps to look after ourselves. Here are a few ways you can go about it.
Supplements shouldn’t be used in place of a healthy diet, we need to be eating the right foods to ensure that we’re meeting our nutritional needs. However, some vitamins can be hard to get enough of through diet alone. Take folic acid for example, this is particularly important for women of childbearing age as if you fall pregnant (either by accident or planned pregnancy) you need enough folic acid in your system to prevent birth defects like spina bifida. Apart from supplements, women can also take probiotics rich in lactobacilli variants which can promote good gut and vaginal health. Taking a daily supplement that contains everything you need gives you peace of mind that along with a healthy diet, your body has everything it needs.
Keep stress levels down
Chronic stress is one of the most damaging things to your body. Ongoing stress can lead to physical symptoms like high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. It can also cause people to find release in the wrong things, such as alcohol, gambling or drugs. Keeping stress levels down can allow you to maintain a healthy mind and body, it might be easier said than done but there’s lots of support out there. Speak to your GP, or a facility like a heroin addiction treatment center if you’re addicted to drugs. Take steps to reduce stress in your everyday life, so that you won’t seek respite from things that will cause you further damage.
Find an exercise you enjoy
We all know that we need to be exercising more, but running in the rain at 6am before work or slogging away in a sweaty crowded gym doesn’t appeal to many of us! It’s important to know that there are many more ways to get in activity than this, it shouldn’t feel like torture. Find something you enjoy and you’re much more likely to stick with it and reap the benefits long term. It could be swimming, yoga or a dance class. It could be gardening, or walking your dog. Anything that gets you up and moving is a good thing, it’s incredibly good for both mental and physical health.
Speak to friends
In a world where we’re more connected than ever (thanks to technology and the internet) we’re all lonelier than ever. Make time to spend with loved ones in person, make memories and do fun things together. Time spent with people you love really is the best medicine; don’t think a ‘like’ or a comment on a photo on social media is enough. As humans we’re social creatures, spending time with others is truly good for the soul.