Healthy living isn’t just about what you eat for dinner or how often you’re in the gym. Taking time out to focus on yourself is essential to emotional and mental wellbeing. However, it isn’t always easy to fit in, especially if you’re juggling a busy home or professional life.
This self care week, take a look at these 5 simple things you can do for your wellbeing, which don’t take up a lot of time and can slot into busy routines more easily:
Watch the sunrise or sunset
Any time you can make in your life to pause and simply breathe is a good way to boost mental wellbeing. Making a point to watch the day begin and end each day is a perfect way to slow down. What’s more – you can enjoy the sunlight at its most colourful! (Don’t take any pictures or post about it on social media, just watch!)
2. Take a leisurely walk
A short walk around the block or your local park in the sunshine can help clear your mind of worries or distractions, and just focus on the ‘here and now’ for a while.
3. Listen to a feel-good playlist/podcast
Wind down from a busy day by listening to your favourite songs, or a short podcast on a topic that interests you.
4. Read a book or magazine
Taking the time out to read something for pleasure can help you relax. According to studies, reading for just six minutes a day is enough to reduce stress levels by up to 65%.
5. Declutter your house or wardrobe
Taking the time to clean up a cluttered area that has been bothering you for a while, or give away clothes you don’t really need, can help you feel more organised. As they say, a tidy home equals a tidy mind!