As this blog is growing more and more into wellbeing and lifestyle, something I am very passionate about, I have a large array of ideas for the future as well as work starting on campaigns for next year. The blog will now be featuring hobbies, environmental topics, trips, and of course - more beauty! All of this works towards our wellbeing and how we feel about our lives and ourselves. There will be ways on how to get the whole family involved, getting friends involved and also having fun whist looking after yourself! It doesn't have to be tedious - I promise!
In this post, I'll be listing the top 5 things I have found that have worked for me, and work on to enable you to look after your wellbeing.
Diet is a BIG one! You can do as much self-help and journalling as you want, but we also need to feel good internally and physically.
I, personally, always feel worse if I have eaten crap for a whole day - or even just for a meal. When I have had a pretty healthy and balanced few days, I start to feel much better in myself. This makes me feel like I'm worth looking after myself over, and my wellbeing habits get better. Seriously, for me, it's all about eating well! I have a lot of weight to lose, but even if you don't, you still need to eat well. I also know that when I have lost the weight I need to, or even half of it, it will make it easier for me to believe in myself, boosting the ways I look after my wellbeing.
This is on the same kind of level as diet. Again, you can do whatever mental exercises you want, but you also need to keep on top of your physical health.
When people say 'exercise' it can sound like you're being told to go down the gym or to your local Zumba class. But this isn't the case at all. Exercise is anything from a walk to the local shop or round your local park, or even bopping along to some music whilst you're doing some housework! Exercise doesn't have to be scary, just 15 minutes per day is all you need to make yourself feel better! I love to take long walks at my favourite National Trust property. It makes me feel relaxed and happy. If doing some kind of HIIT does make you feel better all together, then do it. But you really don't have to over work yourself to get exercise. If your heart rate rises a little and you feel like you have burnt just a couple of calories - it counts!
3. Do a relationship cull
By relationship cull, I don't necessarily mean your partner, spouse, etc. I mean ANY relationship you have.
This can relationship with a family member that is causing that many problems that it's causing you to feel any type of negative emotion on a regular basis. Maybe you don't get on with your boss, or there is a co-worker that makes your life harder than it needs to be? You don't have to accept it! Move jobs, or if that's not possible, keep things civil, professional and cut all personal ties with this person and only discuss work agendas with them. Another relationship that can be toxic, is a friendship! Someone that you class as a friend that always puts you down, ignores you unless they want something, or just generally isn't good for both your mental and physical health. There is a fabulous blog called How To Make Friends run by the lovely Gemma that I have covered previously on my blog that gives you so many tips, ideas and ways to cull these relationships. I'm sure you can take these tips for ALL relationships!
4. Learn something
This one might seem a little random, but honestly, stick with me for a moment...
I don't mean taking night classes, or doing an online course. I mean, you can if you want to get a qualification out of it, but you don't have to! Learn a musical instrument (you can get cheap second hand guitars from eBay or a local Facebook selling group) or even learn a language! I like to learn about lots of different things, such as improving on my English. Every month, I set myself a target to learn how to spell a word I can't spell or learn the meaning of random words. You can get word of the day apps on your phone and dictionaries. I also like to learn about different religions, skin care and I'm always learning about health and wellbeing! I feel like knowledge is something that is so valuable and we are lucky to be able to have those learning materials at our fingertips through our phones and laptops. Even watching documentaries on TV is a good way to do it!
5. Take time for yourself
I know it's easy to get swept away by life, and I am guilty of it too. I often spend my days off bombing around here, there and everywhere.
A lot of us don't just sit down to have a cuppa with a good book. You should try and make time for yourself EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even if it's just for ten minutes after work or in the morning. If you have kids, then once they are in bed, if you still have jobs to do like sort out school uniforms, make packed lunches or do the washing - you can still sit down for 10-20 minutes with a cup of hot chocolate (or a glass of wine if it's been that sort of day) and a magazine, book or even a photo album and just BREATHE and chill for a moment. Don't use your phone, don't clean up that splash of juice you can see on the floor and don't worry about the dirty cup in the sink. It can all wait. You are the most important.
I really hope this posts helped you and given you some ideas on looking after yourself and your mind! If you have any suggestions, questions or further tips - feel free to comment or send me a DM on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!