Well-being essentials range from diet and fitness to your mental health. So do you feel unbalanced and in a rut right now? This article will help you.
Keeping up your physical and mental well being is an essential part of life. If you let one slip, the other is sure to not be too far behind.
Unfortunately, with the hectic schedules that we all endure it’s too easy to fall into a trap and end up neglecting our bodies and minds. In this article are going to be some ways that you can bring yourself out of the rut that you’re in and start feeling like you again.
Well-Being Essentials: Exercise
We all know that exercise is good for our health. It helps us burn off any extra calories that we have consumed and it also helps our muscles and joints to stay as limber as possible. It’s also good for your heart and lungs to get them racing while you’re exercising as it makes them grow stronger too.
Exercise also releases endorphins into our brains which in turn, makes us happier in the long haul. The more exercise you do, the better you will feel mentally too. Also, you will notice your body shape changing for the better and feel self-confident in the way you look.
If you’re not someone who is particularly sporty, why not try joining a group game like soccer, where you’d be kicking a ball about with like minded people and have some fun while you’re at it? Or maybe you’re the type of person that likes swimming. Go with a group of friends for a swim every week and you will notice the difference faster than you’d think. Whatever sport you enjoy, turn it into an exercise that you can continue with and keep up your physical well being.
Well-Being Essentials: Essential Oils
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and are typically used for minor ailments, cleaning, and for beauty products. Consider using organic essential oils for your cleaning routine. This will avoid you having to inhale any harmful cleaning products like bleach. Another idea is to pop some essential oils into a reed diffuser which will make your home smell beautiful. Some oils are actually known to help relieve the symptoms of asthma, hay fever and anxiety.
You could even incorporate essential oils into your beauty routine too. Try using carrot seed essential oil to rejuvenate your skin and help you look younger. Even though the products on the shelves have been clinically tested, using an essential oil on your skin is going to do you more good than the chemicals that might be in your face cream.
Oils like coconut and peppermint oil can help relieve symptoms of fungal nail infections and provide a cooling sensation to the area that it is applied to. Do some research and find out which oils would suit the ailments that you have. You will be surprised at how good they are for treating common ailments!
Remember though, essential oils are very concentrated and must be diluted with a carrier oil such as such as coconut oil or almond oil to reduce the strength of the essential oil. If you use an undiluted oil on your skin then you can expect a burning sensation. If you’ve diluted it and you’re still experiencing burning, you probably need to dilute it a little more.
Well-Being Essentials: Diet
Monitoring what we put in our bodies through our food is important too. It’s too easy to grab a taco on the way home from work and then binge on biscuits and chips all night. If this is a routine that you have managed to get yourself into, consider taking a look at a whole new diet plan to get yourself back on track.
While greasy and fatty foods might make us feel good at the time as our bodies crave them, they provide next to no nutritional value to our bodies; therefore causing us to pile on the pounds. With no goodness in these foods, our brains don’t have the nutrition to function and often is the cause of people slipping into mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. If you’ve been experiencing either of these, try eating healthier for a few weeks and enjoy the way it makes you feel.
If you are looking to shed some weight, use an app like Myfitnesspal to help you work out how many calories you should be consuming in a day to lose your desired weight. It will ask you to enter your height, weight, smoking status and activity levels and will then work out the best plan for you. You will even be able to enter the food that you’re eating each day so that you can look back on it and modify certain things to make your diet better in the long run. Don’t forget that exercise is important too if you’re looking to lose some weight.
Losing weight is not only good for your physical health but is also good for your mental health too. It’s often overlooked how important it is to love the body that you’re in, so make the change today and create the body you want and deserve.
Well-Being Essentials: Keep Up Appearances
Make time to spend with family and friends because sometimes all anybody needs to feel better is a good chat to someone they love and trust. Letting out all of your stresses (even if they’re only minor in your mind) will make you feel so much better in the long run.
Also, friends and family support each other and once all of the talking about the bad things in life are out of the way, you can concentrate on making each other laugh. Even though sometimes being alone to relax and be yourself is important, being around others to build you up and make you feel better is essential to your mental well being too.
If you are struggling with your mental health, make sure that you visit your local GP. There are tons of sources available that they can offer including medication and therapy. Don’t let an illness like depression or anxiety over rule your life and more importantly, don’t ever feel alone.
Well-Being Essentials: Give Back
There are too many people in this world that struggle tremendously with everyday life. If you’re in a position to give back financially then consider doing so. Give to a charity that you believe in and reap the benefits when you can see progress in the people’s lives that you’re donating to.
If you’re not able to contribute financially, then give someone your time. There are millions of people in the world that are lonely and long for some companionship. There might be someone in your life that’s a little lonely. Visit them regularly and show them that you care, it will make the world of difference to them, and also to how you feel about yourself too. The gift of giving is amazing and seeing a smile on someone’s face is incredible.
Well-Being Essentials: Cut out the bad things in your life
Smoking is not only dangerous for your health, but it’s bad for your wallet too. Many people use the excuse of stress for them continuing to smoke but did you know that cigarettes don’t actually relieve stress and anxiety? They make them worse. The nicotine gives a placebo effect to your brain telling you that you’re calming down, when in fact in the long run it makes it worse for you. There is loads of help online to quit smoking but if you’re really struggling, go and see your GP or local pharmacist to help you along the way. You will be glad you quit.
Drinking alcohol in moderation is important for your health too. The feeling of being drunk can be great for most people. It helps them forget about any stresses and let loose a little. While a couple of drinks every now and then shouldn’t harm your health, regular heavy drinking will have long term effects on your health. It ages you faster, it’s bad for you liver and it also dramatically dehydrates the body. Try cutting out alcohol altogether and notice the difference in how you feel. If you’re finding it hard to stop drinking, find your nearest AA meeting and let the people there support you into giving it up for good.
Try and cut out any negativity in your life. For example, if there is someone in your life that you feel is poisonous to you and those around them, then cut them out of your lives. It sounds dramatic, especially if it’s a family member or friend but in the long run they will damage you and those you love too.
As you can see, turning your life around for the better seems simple on paper, but in reality we all know it’s much more difficult than it sounds. Make sure that you’ve got a good group of supportive people around you and you can achieve anything.