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10 ideas for nurturing our well-being

We are all so busy that it’s easy to forget the simple, common sense ways we can improve our well-being. I find having this list on my fridge helps remind me...

EAT A BALANCED DIET

Some things I try to include in my diet are: plenty of fruit and vegetables; higher fibre options; foods that contain probiotics such as live natural yoghurt and keffir; going easy on the caffeine and sugary foods

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

I carry a water bottle with me all day and try to remember to keep drinking regularly

EMBRACE GOOD SLEEP HABITS

The NHS have a helpful list of tips at:

KEEP MOVING

You don’t have to go to the gym for a high intensity workout to benefit, although if you want to that’s great. I try to remember that a 30 minute walk at lunchtime is an easy way to boost my mood

PRACTISE GRATITUDE

This can be a hard one to remember, but when I find a moment to think of a few things I am grateful for that day it can help me feel more positive. Some people find it helpful to write these in a journal

GET INTO NATURE

A walk in the forest, a stroll in the park, a visit to a windswept beach, or just sitting for a while in my garden… Whenever I need to calm my thoughts, rediscover my centre and find some peace any of these can help a lot

CALM YOUR BREATHING

When I feel stressed, if I can, I try to step out of that for a moment and concentrate on breathing out more slowly and breathing into my abdomen rather than my chest. There are loads of resources online with great information on breathing exercises

LISTEN TO MUSIC

For a boost, for inspiration, to calm down, or to let off some steam (maybe even have a dance), my favourite music can have an instant effect on how I feel. I love to sing along in the car (when I’m on my own!) and singing in a local community choir brings me joy and has connected me with some lovely people

KEEP TALKING

We are social animals and feeling connected to others is so important. Talking about your emotions to family, friends, or a counsellor, GP or helpline can help you feel more supported and less isolated

FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION

When I can, I like to take a moment for a short guided meditation, however sometimes I find it useful to just focus on what I’m doing. It sounds silly, but doing the dishes with real awareness, or really paying attention to my surroundings when I’m out and about can help me feel grounded