The world of wellness can be a quagmire. Go online and you are surrounded by messaging created around wellness. The information can be contradictory and you can feel intense guilt if you don’t meet your wellness ‘goals’. But wellness is a very personal thing and what it means to me could be different to what it means to you.
For me wellness is more than just being fit. Regular gym workouts don’t do it for me as wellness is as much mental as physical. Wellness affects all aspects of my life. It is all about self-help and self-love.
I believe that having an all-round vision of wellness can help us live happier, healthier lives so I want to share what i’ve learnt and help you live a more mindful life.
Balance is key
The key to making wellness work for you is finding balance. We as humans are not perfect beings. Yes it is good to fill your body with foods that are good for you but don’t beat yourself up if you indulge from time to time. A treat now and then is good for the soul. I love a good buddha bowl filled with nutrients but I also like a slice of vegan cake. Moderation is key. Obviously eating loads of sugary things daily would be bad for you but the odd sugary treat won’t do you any harm.
Sometimes i’m not in the mood for an intense workout so I have regular rest days or turn down the intensity and there’s nothing wrong with that. We aren’t robots we are humans. Don’t chastise yourself for being human.
Hit the unfollow button
Social media is crammed full of aspirational wellness goals. On the whole most of us don’t have the time or finances to embrace every wellness fad or trend. Some will actually make you feel worse not better.
If following a particular fitness star doesn’t inspire you but instead makes you feel bad about yourself it is time to hit the unfollow button. Likewise for trends. If you don’t enjoy them and they feel like a chore just ditch them. I found that I hated the gym but cycling and yoga made me feel good. It is all about finding what works for you!
Listen to your body
Your body will react to changes in lifestyle, food and exercise. Don’t ignore it listen to it. If you’re constantly lathargic look at your diet and sleep pattern. Certain foods will provide more energy and it is vital to get enough sleep. So many people don’t get enough quality sleep but it is vital to not only physical wellbeing but also mental wellbeing too.
To avoid overeating also ensure you drink enough water. You should aim to drink two litres of water. If like me plain water isn’t your thing – mix it up with chopped fruits, mint or lemon. I like to fill a large bottle and sip from it throughout the day.
We can be so hard on ourselves but practising self-care is vital to attaining wellness. Mind, body and spirit the holy trinity. Finding inner peace can be hard in an ever-changing hectic world but it is doable. Working on your mental health really will change your life.
Look at the things that affect your mental health (anxiety, stress, lack of time etc) and develop techniques for coping when your mood is low. For some people it will be talking to someone, whether that be a friend or a therapist. Other people will find meditation works to calm their mind and focus their thoughts. Or, you might just need a little ‘me’ time – Netflix and ice-cream.
Carve out time for yourself, find activities that settle your mind and go forth and create your best, most mindful life. Namaste.0