Keys To Mental Wellbeing

Published on 24 March 2024 at 14:18

Our daily lives can be a bit crazy, filled with responsibilities and stresses – from children and exams to jobs and, yes, sometimes even partners. That's why taking care of our mental wellbeing has never been more important.


But here's the good news: keeping your mind healthy doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it's often the simple things that make the biggest difference. I suggest that keys to good mental wellbeing can be found in three everyday activities.


First up, let's talk about sleep. It's something we're hardwired to do, and for good reason. When you get enough sleep, your brain has a chance to recharge and repair itself, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead. Plus, quality sleep helps regulate your mood and sharpen your concentration – two essential components of mental wellbeing. Aim for those seven to nine hours a night if it fits into your schedule.


Next on the list is eating well. Now, I'm not suggesting you embark on extreme diets that are unsustainable in the long run. But fuelling your body with healthy foods can work wonders for your mental health – what is ‘healthy’ is up for debate but it’s probably safe to say that a balanced diet low on sugar and carbs will probably to the trick. Foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can reduce inflammation in the brain and boost the production of feel-good chemicals like serotonin. Of course, it's okay to indulge in the occasional treat – just remember, moderation is key.


And finally, let's talk about exercise. Moving your body is a fantastic way to relieve stress. You don't have to train for a marathon or spend hours at the gym to reap the benefits (although running a marathon would be an awesome goal to try and acheive!). Even a simple walk around the block or a quick yoga session in your living room can lift your mood and clear your mind (check out Yoga by Adrianne on YouTube) putting out the washing, mowing the lawns, weeding the garden all count as movement – so get into it!! Ever heard of the runner's high? It's the rush of endorphins released after exercise, which can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Plus, staying active has numerous physical health benefits too.


So there you have it – the keys to good mental wellbeing  - pretty simplified but I hope you get the point. By prioritising sleep, eating well, and staying active, you can give your brain the care and attention it deserves, leaving you feeling happier, healthier, and more balanced. Remember, it's all about finding what works for you, so don't be afraid to experiment and discover your own recipe for mental wellbeing. Your brain will thank you for it!  Oh…and the positive side effect is better physical health too 😊!!

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