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Posted by Manuela Boyle on 7 December 2020
Recovery and Wellness

Recovery and wellness

Taking care of ourselves goes beyond eating healthily and working out regularly. While they are part of maintaining good health, they aren't the entirety. If you are looking to improve how you feel from head to toe, here are some things you can consider.

Get Outside

When we spend all of our time cooped up inside, we may begin to experience some negative effects. If you have trouble focusing, remembering important things, or feel tired constantly, it may be due to a lack of nature. When we enter a green space, whether that's taking a neighbourhood walk, a short hike or sitting in your local park, we feel better. In fact, you may find stress diminishes, memory becomes clearer, inflammation reduces, and even symptoms of depression lessen. However, if you think walking through trees sounds boring, then add fun activities. It could be as simple as getting some friends to play tug-of-war, have a sack race, or go for a round of disc golf. There are endless ways to both socialize safely and explore nature at the same time.
 

Develop Your Hobbies

By investing in our interests, we invest in ourselves. After all, hobbies improve health, keep our minds sharp, and lower anxiety. If it is difficult to think about what you should do with our free time, so look back to your childhood. Did you enjoy painting, sewing, collecting comics, or writing poetry? You could easily translate them into a new passion. Don't be discouraged if you don't find a hobby you love immediately, as exploring new interests can be half the fun.

Explore

When was the last moment you set aside time to just get away? How many weekend excursions have you had in the last year? If the answer is none, it may be time to go exploring since travel- and a quick change of scenery- is not only fun but can transform one's mental health and overall well-being. Even if you only stick to exploring local areas right now, you can lower your risk of heart disease, boost creativity, improve memory, and reduce your chance of dementia. New places and fresh experiences offer benefits to the brain and emotional wellbeing. So, enjoy a mini road trip, or a short day drive to a new area and take advantage of watching the changing seasons.

Dive In 

Regular exercise keeps the body and mind in good condition, but there are even more benefits to taking your workout to the nearest body of water. When we expose ourselves to water for extended periods of time, we may notice improved mood and increased energy levels. That's because of negative ions, which help our bodies produce serotonin, one of the chemicals in our brains that makes us happy. Further, activities like water aerobics,  are easier on the joints compared to other exercises and help us build muscle and endurance, all while increasing flexibility.

Cut Back

No matter how much we may feel we need coffee, sugar, or alcohol, evidence suggests that we should limit the amount we have. Surprisingly, coffee can be good for us so long as it is only in moderation. Otherwise, our sleep schedules may be disrupted, and we could become more irritable and exhausted. Enjoy instead daily and delicious fruits and vegetables. There are many steps to leading a healthful life that we often overlook. From swimming and being out of doors to limiting our alcohol and caffeine intake, we can improve how we feel. Don't let your wellness sit on the backburner for another day.

 

Author:Manuela Boyle
Tags:NewsPrevention & RecoveryMind Body MedicineWeight Optimisation

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