Yes, the way we use and take care of our bodies influences the rest of our system! And so can be used to promote wellbeing.
The next stop on our exploration of wellbeing is the area of physical wellness. It refers to our physical bodies and the choices we make that aid in improved feelings, thoughts, energy... This, like the other wellness areas, is so broad but let's touch on a few basic elements that you can implement to improve your wellbeing 💃 .
(Also, please comment a better acronym from these for the title of this blog post 😂)
First, and a simple one you can try even as you read this, is breathing. We can use the breath to decrease stress and anxiety levels, increase mood and self esteem, and improve energy levels. Read more about this practical practice and accessible tool here .
Food choices that nourish your body, mind, spirit.
The specifics look different for everyone but there are food choices we can make that are beneficial. Consider if the foods you reach for are bringing you health. Yes it's more convenient to grab a packet of chips... but notice how your mind and body feel afterwards. (Btw, noticing is always the first, and so most important, step toward change 🤗).
Science says adults need 7+ hours of sleep at night to avoid several health and mood issues. Again, this depends on a lot of factors and the specifics are different for each individual; but around 7 hours seems a good guideline. Try to establish a good routine before bedtime (e.g. no screens after a certain time, going to bed at about the same time each night) to assist in this aspect of your physical wellness.
This one can be easy to forget about. Dehydration of the body and brain can exacerbate anxiety levels so water intake plays a role here. A practical tip- try to carry a water bottle with you during your day to increase the amount of water you drink 🙌
Exercise can have a positive effect on anxiety, stress and depression through biochemical and physiological processes (for more info read this article ). Try to incorporate mindfulness (be aware of being present in your body) and gratitude (your body is capable of amazing things! 🤗) to get a whole-picture wellbeing workout.
Our bodies are a precious gift that enable us to interact with the world and each other. Let's use them mindfully, and with intention 💛
Remember, as always, that these are general physical wellness points to consider. Reality is much more nuanced. If you find yourself needing extra assistance in this or any wellness area, you can send me a message here.