With the clocks changing and the nights drawing in, it’s hard not to feel a little sad. It’s time to get a hot water bottle, get in front of the fire with a good book and snuggle. I wanted to share some top tips that I have stumbled across over the years that have helped bring a smile to my face when it’s wet and cold. So here it goes, my top free wellness tips.
What are wellness tips?
Wellness is defined as the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal. I see wellness as a state of mind and body where everything is in harmony, things are going right and you are fit and healthily. These tips are all small easy tasks that can help you in the right direction. They are also all free!
Wellness tips for your mind
When you have a positive outlook, everything seems a little brighter. The foundation of wellness and being happy has to start here.
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Make a difference – Sign a petition
Did you know that anyone can sign a petition? You can be the driving force to make a change in this country. Anyone can start a petition as long as they are a British citizen or UK resident. If a petition gets 10,000 responses then the government will respond. Have a look today – https://petition.parliament.uk/ what are you passionate about? Sign your name on the dotted line and be a driving force for change in the UK.
Have you ever tried meditation? Taking 5 minutes out of your day to sit quietly and relax? There are over 2,000 meditation apps out there, but Headspace is one of the only ones committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research. I was shocked at how much of a difference a little time out of your day can make. Even better this doesn’t have to be at home, you could use the app while you’re commuting or on a work break.
Wellness tips for your body
Now onto your body. Making a few small changes can make a world of difference. Eating healthier or having a better night’s sleep can totally change your outlook on life.
It may sound silly as breathing is automatic. Do you ever stop and think about how many breaths you are taking, how deep they are? The NHS advises you use this breathing technique as a de-stressor.
- Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
- Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from 1 to 5. You may not be able to reach 5 at first.
- Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from 1 to 5 again if you find this helpful.
- Keep doing this for 3 to 5 minutes.
The NHS website also has a whole host of stress relief techniques you can follow, check them out today – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/ways-relieve-stress/
Go for a walk
Even though it’s the winter, make sure you get outside, take a few breaths and walk. You can use FootPathMap.com to view all the walks and footpaths in your area. Pop in your postcode and see if you discover a new route.
Challenge yourself to drink at least two glasses of water each day
Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and wellbeing, but many people do not consume enough fluids each day. Start and end the day by drinking a glass of water, this will keep you looking great and help your brain to stay sharp.
Where can I find more wellness tips?
If you like the idea of exploring more wellness tips this winter then why don’t you check out these websites: