Health and Well-being Tips To Follow
As autumn draws closer and the cold winter months only being around the corner, there is no better time than now to get into a routine that supports your overall health and well-being. A good self-care routine gives us something to look forward to and keeps us grounded at the same time, so following a ritual can really help you organise your thoughts, keep you calmer and keep those stress levels low.
Here are a few tips we want to share with you. We are also keen to hear your self-care rituals, so please do leave us a comment down below on what helps you the most.
1. A 7-SECOND HUG
A hug triggers the release of oxytocin – also known as the love hormone – which is responsible for trust and positive relationships, and it also lowers stress and anxiety. Don’t rush it, though – it takes at least seven seconds before the feel-good factor kicks in. In light of COVID-19 make sure you keep your distance from others and share your hugs with those whom you are quarantined with only.
2. GIVING IS BETTER THAN RECEIVING
The more you give, the more you have. Giving (our time, friendship, money, love, skills, help...) is a sure way to improve our well-being – after all, a generous heart is a happy heart. Giving also inspires more giving, making the world a better place, one kind gesture at a time.
3. LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Learning a new skill – something you choose for yourself – can be challenging and even stressful at first, but the sense of accomplishment that comes from trying something different can lead to more happiness and better well-being in the longer term. Success and expertise are not mandatory – sometimes it’s just fun to step outside of our comfort zone.
4. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
The presence of the chemical serotonin in our brain is thought to have a strong effect on our moods. A serotonin deficiency can cause depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. But eating the following serotonin-rich foods - bananas, pineapples, kiwis, plums, tomatoes, spinach and walnuts – has a positive effect on the brain, which can help you get your groove back.
5. GO FOR A WALK AND GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD
Feeling cranky? Studies have shown that even a short walk can cheer us up, as well as having an impact on our health. Getting on the move gets our endorphins (our body’s happy chemicals) flowing; it increases blood flow to the brain, so we’re mentally sharper; it gives us time to think, which can result in creative solutions, away from distractions; and it lowers stress and burns calories.
6. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
Did you know that gratitude has health benefits? According to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology, writing in a gratitude journal each day can actually help us sleep better. Making a point of being consciously aware of the good things in our lives means less worry and more positivity at bedtime, which of course means we’re able to have longer, more restful sleep.