5 ways you can improve your wellbeing

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Your wellbeing is more important than you may think

Your wellbeing is more important than you may think

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to lose track of yourself and start to feel burned out. When we let our wellbeing slide, things can soon become very overwhelming. Illness, relationship issues and debt problems can also quickly creep in if left to fester.

Our mental health can determine so much in our lives. Last year our friends at the Mental Health Foundation stated the importance of looking after our wellbeing, as doing so not only benefits us but our wider community. We also believe this is true.

Our debt solution service Debt Remedy has a built-in Wellbeing tool that asks a series of questions to flag up areas of your mental health that need addressing. Here are just some of the tips we recommend through the service:

1.    Keep active

  • You might be tired of hearing this old chestnut but it’s true – exercise isn’t just something you do last minute before your holidays (like I’ve been known to do). Exercise plays a huge role in your overall happiness and quality of life.
  • It has been proven that exercise can enhance all aspects of your life from your confidence to your sleep patterns. It can also alleviate your mood and make you feel more positive.
  • Try to get active for around 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week or for 45 minutes a day, 3 times a week, and make it fun. I find a walk to work with my headphones in to be a great start to the day (as well as a money-saver on bus fares!).
  • Read our keeping fit on a budget article for more useful exercise tips.

2.  Goodnight, sleep tight

  • Sleep affects our digestion, our energy levels and most importantly our mental and emotional wellbeing.  Go to bed and get up at roughly the same time each day. Doing this gives your body a routine and it will quickly adapt to your schedule.
  • As tempting as a nap may seem, try to resist it. Chances are you won’t be able to reach the deep level of sleep you need for true rest, and you may struggle to drift off later in the evening.
  • Take it easy with caffeinated drinks the later the day gets, and try not to eat too close to bed time. If you’re lying awake, don’t stress too much! Try reading a book or doing something else that relaxes you until you feel sleepy.

3.  Relax

  • It’s not easy to unwind after a hard day or if you’re feeling anxious about something. The more you concentrate on relaxing, the less your mind will dwell on other stressing matters.
  • Sit in your favourite comfy spot and try some deep, slow breathing to help relax you. Go on YouTube and look up some yoga instruction videos, or treat yourself to a bubble bath and ambient music. A good old daydream always does the trick!

4.  Eat well

  • When we’re run off our feet with things to do, we can often find ourselves flying through our meals or even putting off eating altogether. This can have a severe knock on effect on our physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Eating small portions at regular intervals can give your body a consistent stream of energy rather than the erratic bursts that end up tiring you out.
  • Even mild dehydration can put you in a bad mood, so make sure to keep some water nearby to sip on. If you find water boring, fruit juice is an easy way to get one of your ‘5 a day’ (but remember to clean your teeth!).

5.  With a little help from my friends

  • Dealing with stress can often make us feel isolated. We don’t want to burden our friends or family with our worries or simply don’t want everyone knowing our business. Bottling it all up often intensifies all that pressure you may be feeling.
  • Identify who your most trusted loved ones are and tell them how you feel. Your true friends won’t begrudge you an hour’s vent here and there and should be glad to lend a listening ear.

And one more for luck – be your best friend

No one can look after your wellbeing better than you. If you look closely enough you’ll see that a little bit of self-preservation works wonders. If you need time out, then take it. If you know you deserve a day of reflection on all the things you’re going to do better, do it.

You’re the one that’s in control.

For more tips check out our Wellbeing guide.

Rachel Connor has been with the charity for over 3 years, starting in Helpline before joining the MoneyAware team in 2012. Rach enjoys travelling, video games and creative writing in her spare time (currently penning her first novel). She had a previous life as head writer on Cartoon Network's Ed Edd n Eddy. She also writes comics for the animated series Adventure Time and Regular Show.

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