Taking care of yourself is a fundamental part of life. When you feel good, you are generally happier and have more of a positive outlook on life. However, many basic aspects of general wellbeing are often overlooked, and people tend to miss the importance of relaxing or spending quality time outdoors, as lifestyles become busier and there is less time to self-reflect.
Why should I care about my general wellbeing?
Health is not just about being physically fit and well, but it is also about your mental state and how you feel day to day. Generally, people are happier when they are looking after their well-being. Whether that is by ensuring you get enough sleep every night, or drink enough water throughout the day, making sure that you think about essential tasks which will improve your quality of life is the first step in taking better care of yourself.
If you are not sure whether you are taking the best care of your general wellbeing, there are some key questions you can ask yourself:
- Have I put anything into my life which benefits my health or wellbeing?
- Is there more I can do to improve my wellbeing?
- Am I as happy as I want to be?
- Do I consider myself enough when making decisions day to day?
Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how you can take better care of your general wellbeing:
Check in with yourself
An easy way to ‘check in with yourself’, is to ask yourself how you feel every morning. It is a very simple and kind way to tune in with your thoughts and emotions on a regular basis. Some days you might be particularly stressed with work and irritated from the events of the day, which is why you should get into the habit of being more aware of your feelings and recognize your needs. If you find yourself in a bad mood, it is always a good idea to take some time out and do something which will make you happy, even if that is simply taking a hot bubble bath.
Get suitable healthcare
Particularly if you already have an illness or health issue, it is crucial to find the correct healthcare which suits you and your needs. ChartSpan is a particularly useful service if you have a chronic condition which needs medical care.
Live in the present
We are living in an ever technologically evolving world, which means it can sometimes be hard to focus solely on the present – especially when you rely on your phone for a lot of information from what the time is, to what your friends are getting up to on the weekend.
Becoming more aware of the present moment is a great way to start.
Here are some tips on how you can live in the present moment:
- Spend your non-screen time productively.
- Get into the habit of staying off your phone wherever you can – you can put time limits on apps to help you.
- Do not go on your phone as soon as you wake up or as you go to sleep.
- Where possible, do not have your phone on your person – you are less likely to look at it if you have to move to get it.
- Spend time around your loved ones whenever you can.
Be in control of your diet
Much to do with your wellbeing and emotional state can be linked back to your food consumption and what your diet is like. If you are too health conscious and restrict yourself by eliminating food groups (such as not allowing yourself to eat carbs, fats or sugar), then you can be causing more harm than good by depriving your body of what it needs to live.
The same idea applies to anyone who over-eats, as you are probably giving your body too much fat and sugar which can cause digestive upsets (along with other problems) and not enough protein and vitamins which again your body needs to live.
The key is balance
To be more in control of your diet, try planning your meals for the week in advance, as that way you know exactly what you are going to be consuming. Remember to look at the weather to plan appropriate meals, you are more likely to stick to your meal plan if you do.
For more information on how you can improve your diet, click here.
Start positive thinking
Are you as positive as you would like to be? Do not worry, there are many simple ways that can help you become more of a positive person.
- Consider the things you should be grateful for.
- Remind yourself what makes you a good person.
- Plan things to look forward to.
- Think about the things in your life that make you happy.
- Look at what good things have come out of your life recently.
Exercise for fun
For many people, exercise often feels more like a chore than enjoyment, but it does not have to be that way.
Change your perception of what exercise is. Exercise is not a punishment for your body, it is a reward for your body. Working out does not have to be painful or make you extremely sweaty, it can be as easy as dancing around your room to music you love, because you are happy and want to use your burst of energy productively.
There are many benefits that regular exercise has on the mind and body.
Maintain good relationships
Being around your friends and family and engaging in regular, meaningful interaction is extremely important for your mental wellbeing. When we are socially active, we are more likely to be happier and laugh more often.
Take the opportunity today to reach out to someone you have not spoken to in a while, it could make their day just as much as yours.
Spend more time outside
Particularly if you work full time indoors, it is not always easy to spend as much time outdoors as you should. Spending time outside is important for your wellbeing because your lungs are being filled with fresh air and you are actively moving around, whether that is taking your dog for a walk or mowing the lawn.
Find out more on why the outdoors is good for your health.
Take time to understand yourself better
How well do you know yourself? Understanding yourself is a key way to improve your wellbeing as you improve your self-awareness on what you like, what you do not like, your passions and what you want to do more of.
A nice and easy way to get to know yourself better would be to brainstorm lots of facts about who you are. You never know what you might find out.