When we think about health, a balanced diet and regular exercise usually springs to mind. But health is part of the much bigger picture that is our holistic wellbeing - defined as a state of being comfortable, healthy and happy.
Many people strive to bring balance to the elements that make up our wellbeing. These include the mind, body and soul, each with their own mental, physical and spiritual needs. But how can you meet these needs as part of your daily routine, whilst making a positive impact on your wellbeing?
We’ve put together a list of super simple activities you can do to achieve the ultimate mind-body-soul balance.
Disconnect from technology and spend time outdoors
With lockdown restrictions now easing, it’s the perfect time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. Whilst technology is an integral part of our lives, studies show that escaping to the great outdoors and experiencing the beauty of nature can boost your mental health and physical energy. Spending time in the sun can also increase your body’s production of vitamin D, which helps to support your bone health, immune system and sleep pattern.
Meditate or practice yoga
It’s important to take a moment out of your day to focus on yourself, even if you can only squeeze in a quick 5-minute meditation session. Both meditation and yoga are good all-rounders for supporting your mind, body and soul. Meditation is a great stress reliever that focuses your breathing, while yoga can improve physical activity through strength and flexibility.
Fuel your body with a healthy diet (but don’t forget to treat yourself!)
What you put into your body matters. It’s important to fuel your body with nutrient rich foods, which will ultimately make you feel more energised and rested. Vitamin-rich foods can also have a positive effect on your skin, hair and nails. You can also incorporate natural remedies into your diet, which can be very healing. But like anything in life, balance is key. So remember to enjoy tasty treats too!
Have fun with your friends and family
Whether you enjoy baking with your bestie, crafting with your cousin, or dancing with your dad, set aside time to be present to do what makes your soul happy. Research shows that face-to-face contact triggers a cocktail of neurotransmitters that help regulate our response to stress and anxiety. So the more you communicate, the more resilient you are to stress factors. It’s all about making memories and having a good belly-laugh with your loved ones!
Being happier, feeling healthier and living longer are all factors that can motivate you to find the perfect balance between mind, body and soul. So which of our top tips are you going to try first?