5 Practices To Promote Your Personal Well-being & Get Back On Track
You might be wondering what ‘well-being’ is. If you are, then you definitely aren’t alone.
Well-being is one of the latest buzzwords in the health community, championed by lifestyle magazines and lauded as something we should all be aiming for - but how many of us can be sure of what it actually means?
And more importantly - why should we care about it?
At its most basic, well-being might be defined as ‘a state characterised by health, happiness, and prosperity’.
Sounds pretty good, right? So what happens when your well-being is lacking? And how might we go about promoting it on a personal level?
In this hectic modern world, most of us have a variety of commitments. Our time is consumed by external responsibilities such as work, keeping up with bills, taking care of family…
As a result, personal well-being might not be all that high on our priority lists, yet a lack of it can result in diminished mental and physical health, decreased motivation, an inability to focus, and a lower overall quality of life.
While focusing on your own well-being might feel alien if you’re used to looking after everyone else, the act of doing so has the power to improve your demeanour and general functioning, which in turn can have a positive impact on your relationships, finances, and day-to-day life.
The following five practices are simple ways in which you can promote personal well-being.
Drawing from the natural environment and from age-old self-care principles such as nutrition and habitual massage, these five simple steps can help you to achieve a greater level of personal well-being.
Get back to the gym
It’s something we’re all encouraged to do from a young age, but the impact of exercise on personal well-being is still vastly underrated.
During exercise, the body releases feel-good hormones known as endorphins.
Endorphins stimulate the body’s opiate receptors, producing a natural high that both relaxes us in the immediate aftermath of an exercise session and also provides a greater sense of well-being in the hours that follow.
Exercise needn’t be intense or lengthy for us to enjoy the positive effects - even a brisk stroll around your local park can be enough to produce results.
Spend time in nature
As a species, we were designed to dwell among nature, yet modern living often necessitates many hours indoors every day.
In recent years, a growing body of research has evidenced the benefits of spending time in nature, showing the positive impact of ‘forest bathing’ on both physical and mental health.
Being in a natural environment - in the presence of leafy green trees, beautiful flower-studded vistas, and thriving wildlife - works to lower blood pressure, reduce muscle tension and calm the mind.
This in turn has a positive effect on virtually every aspect of our lives, reducing our anxieties and promoting mental clarity.
Overhaul your diet
It’s another straight-forward principle that many of us are familiar with, yet it’s crucial to highlight the importance of healthy eating for overall personal prosperity.
If you imagine your body to be a machine, then you’ll see that the fuel you put inside of it is critical to ensuring optimum performance.
You wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel car engine, so likewise we shouldn’t expect our bodies to run well on foods that aren’t appropriately nourishing.
Try cutting down on highly processed foods, incorporating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as plenty of protein and good fats.
This - in addition to drinking plenty of water - should ensure both body and mind are adequately fuelled.
When your body is nourished with the right food and drink, a sense of overall well-being is likely to naturally follow.
Enforce a regular technology ‘black-out’
For many of us, technology is essential to daily life.
However, the prevalence of complex technologies now means that we are constantly contactable and rarely ‘switched off’.
Without time away from our emails and online networks, we can quickly become overwhelmed; this in turn has a detrimental impact on our well-being.
In addition, the blue light emitted from many modern technologies - from mobile phones to Kindles to laptops and even televisions - is highly stimulating to the brain.
This can have a negative impact on our sleep quality and rest time, which subsequently can reduce our overall well-being.
If you find yourself constantly plugged in to modern technologies, it might be worth enforcing some ‘black-out’ time - an allotted time slot within each week, or even within in each, where all technologies are switched off and you can enjoy the simple pleasure of dwelling in the here and now.
Adopt regular massage practices
Greater well-being is most easily encouraged through pastimes that induce a sense of physical and mental relaxation - and one of the best ways to achieve this is through massage.
Massages can relieve muscle tension and soothe tired bodies, calming the mind and providing a quiet space in which to fully unwind away from our responsibilities.
If you’re unsure of what massage type might best suit you, try browsing this handy information page.
Better yet, book straight in with one of our expertly trained therapists to begin your quest towards greater well-being today.