Once upon a time, I wanted to be a nutritionist. I completed a course with Nutritious Life and learnt that there’s a lot more to health than food and that a holistic approach is essential. We often think of happiness as something we must attain, but so often happiness lands on us quietly and unobtrusively, soft as a butterfly.
There are eight areas of life where we can create a strong foundation for happiness to thrive. We can bolster our own mental and emotional wellbeing by concentrating on the following areas.
Thinking of food as fuel creates a mindset shift. Oranges aid immunity. Walnuts assist brain function. Apples boost our ability to beat disease. There are a diverse and delicious array of ingredients for us to enjoy, all of which can fuel us to feel better. The 80/20 rule (80% healthy, 20% indulgence) is a commonly accepted rule of thumb.
No, we don’t mean have a drink up at the pub, although moderate alcohol consumption does have health benefits. Most of us don’t get enough water, and dehydration is often mistaken for hunger.
Easier said that done right? In the 21st century, stress wears many disguises. Making time to relax, whether passively (by having a hot bath) or actively (doing yoga) should be a priority for all of us.
The recommended eight hours of sleep a night is as elusive as a leopard for many but a good night’s rest is essential for relaxation and wellbeing.
‘No man is an island’, said John Donne. We all need love in our life’s. Connect with colleagues, friends, family and your partner. Do things that you love and that bring you joy. Remember, love is an action, not a word.
The choices we make are impactful. We are a community and as such the decisions we make have larger repercussions. Conscious decisions such as not buying single-use plastics, avoiding palm oil and checking in on someone who may be struggling are all small ways we can make a change.
Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword, but we can’t care for others if we don’t take care of ourselves. Self-care means different things to different people. For some it might be a massage or face mask. For others, it might be putting your phone on flight mode and losing yourself in Netflix.
Exercise helps to reduce depression, anxiety and low mood and is essential for our wellbeing. Exercise doesn’t have to be as traumatic as year 11 PE class. It can be walking to work in the mornings, doing a light yoga session or playing tennis with friends. All that matters, is that it’s often!
I try to check-in on all eight areas often. You’ll probably find you are better in some areas than others, or that there are times when all eight are suffering! Familiarise yourself with these terms and keep thinking about little ways to live your best life.
All my love