The key to wellbeing, is being a well being
Do you have healthy habits?
You know, the ones that make you feel grounded and whole.
I have a lot of healthy habits. But sometimes I caught up in my day to day life, and I let these habits slip. The trouble is, it doesn’t take long for a change in routine to make you feel off-balance and unsettled.
Our health is our first wealth – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our health and wellbeing are the foundation from which everything else grows. When we have a sustainable and healthy base, we can aspire and achieve. Without it, we struggle and strain to keep up with life’s daily demands. But we want more for ourselves. We want to reach our potential in life!
Which means we need to be a well being. We need to optimise our physical and mental health.
There are three elements which work together to be a well being.
Eating the right foods. Moving our bodies. Getting enough sleep.
It sounds simple. But I know it can be hard sometimes to stay on track. I have set up healthy habits for myself so often, then fallen off the health and wellness wagon.
But if we focus on the simplest of the healthy habits – diet, exercise and sleep – we can get back on track to being the stable, resilient and healthiest version of ourselves.
Why do these things matter?
What we eat is what we give our body as fuel. If your body was a car, would you rather use premium fuel, or a cheaper variety?
Healthy foods nourish us. Unhealthy foods can cause inflammation in the body. That inflammation can affect our nervous system, ultimately impacting our mood and how we feel.
If we want to achieve being a well being, we need to start with eating right. And if that is too hard right now, at least eat better. I know when I make small adjustments, like stopping eating ice cream, I can see a difference in the stability of my moods and improved resilience to face the challenges of the day.
Our bodies are machines. They are so capable. But it can be really easy to get caught in a sedentary lifestyle. Especially if we work in an office. We sit on our way to work, sit at work all day, then sit in front of the tv at night to unwind.
To shift stress from our system we need to exert ourselves.
Exercise like cardio activities get the blood pumping, expel stress from our body and bring us to the present moment. We can feel aware of our physicality and get out of our mind.
The other benefit of exercise is that it tires our bodies and helps us sleep better. Which is the final element to maximise our physical and mental health.
Sleep is our chance to rest and repair. A good night of sleep restores us for each new day.
When we don’t get enough sleep it affects our mood, energy and overall feeling of wellbeing.
I find that once I have had a bad night of sleep, it turns into a run of bad sleep. It impacts my ability to cope with daily pressures. I feel I don’t have enough energy to work on what gets me closer to my goals. Everything feels it takes so much more energy to get through, but I don’t feel I have enough to give.
Focusing on what is important
We need to get the basics right – sleep, diet and exercise – in order to be a well being. Being healthy and well is what is most important. It provides us the energy and vitality to get out there and embrace the life that is waiting for us.
What small steps can you take to improve your health and wellbeing?