7 Easy ways to make your Wellness a Priority
Ahead of Global Wellness Day, we found easy ways to ensure you can concentrate on your wellness at home – and at work.
Life is packed full of things that need your constant attention: kids, work, friends, parents, bills… the list is endless. Then, to add to that, we’re also supposed to find time to concentrate on our health and wellness. In fact, we can barely scroll through Instagram for five minutes without seeing a post reminding us to practice #selfcare. There’s a lot of pressure to focus on your wellness, but not a lot of advice on how to do it. Here are tips to sneak wellness into your normal life, that won’t cost you hours in your day…
Take the Stairs
Yes, we know we’re supposed to be doing at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise every day, but some days get away from us. Make a choice to always choose the stairs over the elevator – to slip in some exercise when you can. Oh, and always park far away from the entrance (it helps up that step count).
Clean out the Food Cupboard
It sounds simple, but we hardly ever do it: if you don’t have sugary, unhealthy food in the house, you won’t eat it. Do a quick sweep of your cupboards and throw out or donate anything you don’t want to eat anymore. Then, grocery shop online for healthy foods; it will avoid you being tempted in the store.
Find 5 Minutes
We know you’re busy, but you need a few minutes every day to stop, think and feel. Set your alarm to five minutes earlier in the morning, sit in your car when you get home from work for five minutes before going inside, or book a boardroom for 10 minutes each day. In that time, sit very still, practice your breathing and do some light meditation.
Schedule Time-out in Advance
Time is a lot easier to manage if you schedule it in advance. Try book weekends away, race days, or spa days with your friends once a month for six months in advance. Make sure these are non-negotiable and put them in your diary.
Implement Lights out
Sleep is essential for health and well-being. The optimal amount of sleep for adults aged 26 to 64 is 7 to 9 hours a day. So – set yourself a lights out rule. Pick a time and set an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed. The more you do it, the more you’ll want to do it.
Start a Wellness Program at Work
Get your employees or colleagues on board with your wellness plan by starting a program at work. Share the load by splitting healthy work lunches, putting money in a pot for the person with the healthiest progress each quarter, and have short weekly catch ups where you share trends and ideas on how to be healthier. Team work makes the dream work!
You will be amazed at how much time opens up when you stop saying yes to every request – and start practicing the art of saying no. Only do something if you want or need to – not because you should. You’ll instantly free up time for yourself if you start limiting how much you give away.