In this day and age, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the constant deluge of negative information from 24-hour news cycles, social media, and more. Self-care is often overlooked, but vitally important in maintain both mental and physical health. While there are no easy answers to stress, anxiety, depression, and other similar conditions, it is important to focus on what you can control and work on your own wellness. Luckily, August is National Wellness Month, and is the perfect opportunity to make time for self-care.
The Global Wellness Institute defines wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.” Their website focuses on a model that includes 6 dimensions of wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. All of these factors make up an individual’s overall wellness, and are important for living a healthy life.
Here are some activities you can do to work on your physical and mental wellness today:
- Get more sleep: Sleep can have a profound impact on your day-to-day energy and mood.
- Healthier eating: Eat fewer processed foods and more fresh fruit and vegetables can help you feel better both physical and mentally.
- Meditation and relaxation: Taking time without distraction to focus your mind and energy can help down the volume on stress and anxiety.
- Physical activity: Regular exercise for 30 minutes a day can keep your body healthy, help you sleep better, and improve your mood overtime. You do not need to be a gym rat to see the benefits, even taking regular walks can help.
National Wellness Month is the perfect time to work on your overall wellness. Even little steps can have dramatic effects over time.