5 wellness tips that can transform your life
We often sacrifice self-care and wellness practices at the worst possible times as we become busy and overwhelmed with day-to-day life. We want to provide simple steps you can take to boost your mental health without taking much time away from your current work and family life-balance.
1 Dedicate time to reflection and meditation.
This will look different for everyone! For some, it may be a moment of silence and mindful breathing exercises as you brew your morning coffee. For others, this might be an evening jog or walk to clear your mind after a long busy day. Find what works best for you.
2 Don’t underestimate the power of journaling.
Put your thoughts on paper to track moments of gratitude, emotional triggers and perceptions as you examine life events with intention. In these introspective reflections we begin to understand our emotions with more clarity. To get the most out of this practice, be sure to treat your journal as a judgment-free zone where you feel uninhibited to express yourself.
3 Set healthy boundaries.
Once you become more aware of emotional triggers and major sources of stress in your life, it’s easier to set constructive boundaries. Perhaps something or someone has continuously drained a lot of your energy and time. Simply establishing time limits or communicating when you feel drained can improve that area of your life. It’s important to remember that saying no to someone isn’t necessarily selfish and giving yourself permission to rest and honor your own feelings will ultimately make you a better friend, companion and partner.
4 Spend some time outside.
Outdoor activities can reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue. Countless studies have measured the mood-boosting effects of natural light and for those of us in Hawaii, this is easily attainable year-round! Find an outdoor activity that brings you joy and can easily be incorporated into your weekly routine such as playing a sport at your local park, gardening or riding a bicycle.
5 Talk to someone about your experiences, when you are ready.
ometimes your problems are too big to handle on your own and that’s perfectly fine to acknowledge. If journaling and meditation help you to identify a major trigger or source of childhood trauma, for example, it’s important to talk to someone about your experience that’s equipped to guide you through the healing process.
Unfortunately, it is a common misconception that self-care is selfish but in reality, improving your ability to cope, manage stress and work through emotions will inevitably benefit the people in your life who care about you and your well being. These mental health tips may seem simple, but incorporating one or more of the practices outlined above can put you on the path to a healthier, happier life!