Following on from our last blog 10 Small Wellbeing Changes to Make This Year, here are the remaining 5 steps that could just have a huge impact on your quality of life.
- Get a Physical: When was the last time you had a health MOT? We check our cars, boilers, pets each year but what about us? It is so important as we get older to get access to any tests, scans and screening we can. There are many illnesses, allergies or conditions that can be detected and diagnosed early so that you can live a healthier and more fulfilling life. For example have you ever seen a nutritionist, they can give you a clear idea of what foods to have and avoid to give you more energy, aid better sleep and enhance your quality of life. It’s so important to take the tests that are available to us for free, so make an appointment now.
- Giving Back: One simple thing you can do this year to make life feel that little bit brighter, is to give back – this can be by signing up for a charity race such as Race4Life or by doing something totally free and worthwhile like giving blood. Did you know that doing something for others and giving actually enhances our mood, and gives us greater pleasure than receiving. Studies have shown time and time again that giving is like a superfood for the mind. When I have done a 5k or a 10k, even though many times I didn’t want to get up or go through with it, the feeling of helping people and doing good got me through. Or it could just be the gift of gratitude – tell someone in your life you are grateful for what they do for you, and how you appreciate their support and encouragement. This will give you both a feeling of happiness and strengthen your bond.
- Sleep Better: We have touched upon this a few times now and that is because it is so important. If you have poor sleep, the main thing to consider and research is what the cause could be – stress, anxiety, poor sleep habits, nutrition, medications – and find a solution that works for you. Of course, sometimes there are external factors that simply cannot be helped, however in the long term it is something that should be a high priority when striving to improve wellness and health. You may get by on 4-6 hours sleep and feel absolutely fine and be successful, however, just imagine what you could do and achieve if you did have the desired 8 hours.
- Get Creative: One of the things in life that can ruin our happiness and wellbeing is when we are not following or honouring our passions. Let’s be honest life is tough and busy, with demands on time and mental capacity, at breaking point. This means that when something needs to give often it’s the thing that although we enjoy, maybe it doesn’t make us much money, or takes too much time, or simply other peoples demands become a priority. For me i love being creative and blogging, however when my “real work” took over I found it that it was taking my time with little return financially, what I didn’t realise is that it was fulfilling my creative need and it made me feel good. Once I realised that not fuelling my creative need was leaving me unfulfilled, I made some “me” time, and got back to doing what I enjoyed, which actually had a positive knock on effect on the rest of my work and life demands. It could be learning a language, painting, drawing, playing sport, learning an instrument, photography or whatever makes you happy.
- Schedule & Plan Your Time: When we feel overwhelmed or that we have too much on our plate, apart from getting a bigger plate, the secret to getting ahead and feeling more accomplished is to plan and schedule our time better. Find what works for you – planners, alarms, lists, rituals – but it is really useful to create a plan each day, work out what is needed of you to get momentum in the day, allocate time to tasks or projects. Avoid distractions and most of all be accountable. If you don’t complete what you needed for that day, then look at why, and work out how you can make it better the next day. Don’t just think about it in work terms either, schedule real meaningful time with family, friends and fully commit to those times. Plus, make the transitions throughout the day more separate, when you have completed work and go pick up the kids, or go home or go to the gym, have just a few minutes in-between to just breath before you’re on to the next thing. Don’t multitask – although it was “trendy” at one point, studies now show it is a ineffective and inefficient way of working. Much better to allocate time slots to focus on one thing.
Hope you enjoyed our suggestions. 🙂