Our Top 4 Ways to Achieve Well-being

Your physical and mental health is imperative! Are you stressed lately? Are you not sure how to start your day off the right way? 

We’ve researched four ways to start achieving well-being today. 

1. Begin With a Win  

Morning boosters could be the key to achieving optimum health, both mentally and physically. Your morning wins can be super simple, like:

  • Getting physically active by doing things like yoga, taking your dog for a walk, going for a run, or stretching first thing in the morning. 30 minutes of daily exercise can release “happy” chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, boosting your self-esteem and helping you concentrate. This means sleeping better, too!* 
  • Drinking a full glass of water after getting out of bed. 
  • Making your bed before heading out the door. 
  • Writing in a journal during breakfast. 
  • Sitting in the sunshine for some vitamin D before getting ready for the day (Don’t forget your sunscreen!). 

  • 2. Practice Mindfulness

    Your mental well-being is as important as your physical health. Good mental health is linked to the way we feel, think, and behave. A good way to start looking after your mental wellbeing is by being present and noticing the world around you:

  • Meditating at the start of your day or the end of your day.
  • Practicing breathing exercises when you’re feeling overwhelmed. 
  • Personal prayer or reflection throughout the day. 
  • Taking a walk through nature (a trail, nature preserve, or even outside in your backyard). 
  • Connecting with others either in person or online.
  • Treating yourself to a new hobby or learning a new skill.

    • 3. Be Intentional About What Goes in Your Body

      You are what you eat. It’s cliché, but it’s true. Think about what you are putting in your body - are you eating things that provide empty calories like cakes, cookies, chips, or fries? Exercise and mindfulness can be great, but without the right balanced diet, they won’t accomplish much. Be gentle with yourself. You’ve got this! Think about these tips: 

    • Take your probiotics for a healthy gut microbiome. 
    • Start your day with a multivitamin that helps with energy and wellness support. 
    • Check out the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to see what kinds of nutrients you should be getting daily. 
    • Make sure your diet consists of fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and lean proteins. A healthy, balanced diet usually includes vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats.* 
    • Consult your doctor to see what foods and nutrients you need to achieve well-being so you can be your best you! 

      • 4. Only Focus on Things Within Your Control

        When you focus on the things outside of your control, you’ll face a lot of mental loops and hurdles. Ever feel extra stressed when you’re trying to plan every detail of your life down to a T? It doesn’t work out. Life will throw curveballs at you. For optimum wellbeing, it’s best to learn how to accept that you can’t stop the storm of life from brewing. But how?

      • Figure out the things you can control. You will be that much more effective in your daily life when you focus on your attitude, your outlook, your effort, and your own thoughts. 
      • Make yourself a daily routine. When you wake up in the morning, practice doing things that bring you joy. When you come home for the evening, unwind and delay using your phone. Set aside time for yourself whenever you can. 
      • Create a stress management plan for yourself. When life does throw its curveballs at you, having strategies to cope will help you to take care of yourself in healthy ways.* 
      • Don’t ruminate on yesterday. Look ahead! Tomorrow is a new day. 

      • What tip resonated with you the most? Which one(s) worked best for you? 

        Resources: 

        Adams, J. (2022, April 13). Inner Wellbeing for Changemakers. The Wellbeing Project. Retrieved from https://wellbeing-project.org/

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        Morin, A. (2021, December 10). 6 ways to stop stressing about things you can't control. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2017/05/13/6-ways-to-stop-stressing-about-things-you-cant-control/?sh=22c0c9b730db

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