Health is everything, be it physical health or mental wellbeing, good health cannot be taken for granted. There are only so many hours in the day, and often life can get in the way of managing your wellness, but whether you have time to spare or you’re on a tight schedule, don’t ignore your health. Here are our top tips to help you improve your general wellbeing.
Meditation and Relaxation
The art of meditation focuses around the ability to relax your mind and body. A common misconception is that meditation is practiced with concentration, focussing on one particular aspect. This is not the case however. The art of meditation relies on the ability to become thoughtless and declutter your mind from the daily stresses we undertake.
The benefits of meditation are well established. As well as calming your mind this age-old relaxation technique can help to improve emotional stability and relieve stress. Meditation involves getting comfortable, sitting or lying still and focusing on your breathing while you clear your mind.
Not just great for your physical health, the notion of getting active can help with your mental wellbeing too. It is commonly believed that increasing your exercise levels can aid with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. This is mainly due to chemical changes in the brain during exercise that work to positively change our mood.
As well as improving mood, an increase in physical activity can help to increase confidence and self-esteem. Setting achievable targets for activity allows you to challenge yourself in a new way. The satisfaction of overcoming these challenges can be extremely beneficial to your mental wellbeing.
Increased physical activity also often brings with it the introduction of new environments, which at first can be worrying, but once conquered can lead to making new friends or acquaintances. It is well known that good social interaction has a positive effect on your mental health.
Often overlooked by many, sleep plays a very important role in our general health and wellbeing. Sleep allows the brain to process information obtained throughout the day and also allows the body to repair itself from stresses and strains.
Not getting enough sleep or getting poor interrupted sleep can lead to many issues, both physical and mental. Poor sleep has been linked to lowering your immune system and leaving you vulnerable to illness and infection as well as increases in mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
So how can you improve your sleep? There are many resources to help you improve quality of sleep. Some simple and straightforward steps include:
- Going to sleep and waking at the same time daily
- Exercise during the day
- Limit or reduce your caffeine intake. For instance, have coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. Avoid caffeine in the evening.
- Avoid late dinnertimes
Much like meditation, mindfulness can allow you to take control of your mind and gain control of your thoughts. But what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the human ability to be present and aware of where you are and what you’re doing, this enables you to be able to react to situations and not be overwhelmed by things around you.
Everyone has the capacity to be mindful, it’s part of our daily lives and doesn’t require you to change who you are or what you do. It is simply about observation and being compassionate with yourself.
Taking the time to step back and assess each situation you are in, how you feel and the next steps you take can allow you to move forward with a healthier mental state. Meaning that in future situations when black clouds of anxiety or worry appear you have the ability to step back from the situation, accept your own thoughts and know that it’s ok to feel the way you do.
Introduce CBD into your routine
It is currently estimated that 1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health issue at a point in their life. With this statistic being so high it’s more important than ever to find new treatments to help and improve mental wellbeing and wellness.
So how can CBD help you with your mental health? CBD is believed to help deal with anxiety, this is due to the Cannabinoid activating the serotonin receptors (5-HT1A) in our brains, which are responsible for regulating mood.
Studies and trials with CBD such as this study in the Journal of Neurotherapeutics by Blessing, have shown that introducing CBD to your daily lifestyle can have a positive effect on anxiety levels and depression. As well as emotions CBD is linked with physical benefits too, such as tackling inflammation and pain.