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Staying in good health is important to all of us. The best way to do so is by learning how to keep physically and mentally fit.
While there are no big secrets, there are many health and wellbeing concepts that suggest ways to keep your mind and body in good shape.
It can often be difficult to find the motivation, the time or the energy to make the changes we need to improve our overall wellbeing. However, making the effort to change bad habits and create new ones can see big benefits to your health.
The following information outlines the ways you can improve your own health & wellbeing. You can also find relevant dietary information, including what to incorporate in your diet and the nutrients required to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Health and wellness is about feeling good and functioning well. It’s a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing, not just the absence of disease or affliction.
Feelings of good wellbeing are fundamental to your overall health. Wellbeing allows us to overcome difficulties and achieve our goals.
The below information will provide the five ways of wellbeing that will help you on your journey to good health and wellness.1
Good relationships are important. Positive interaction can build a sense of belonging and self-worth. Building strong and close relationships allow you to share experiences, provide emotional support for yourself and others, and help you feel valued by sharing your thoughts and feelings.
Feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need. Social relationships are critical for wellbeing and act as a good defence against mental health for people of all ages.
With this in mind, here is a few things you could try:
Try not to spend too much time on social media. It’s easy to fall into a habit of texting, messaging or emailing people – the important thing is to interact and talk to people.
Being active is great for physical health and fitness, and it also helps improve wellbeing.
It’s important to understand that your mind and body work as one. What you do with your body can have a powerful impact on your mental wellness. Mental wellbeing means feeling good, not only about yourself but also the world around you.
Physical activity improves self-esteem, helping you to achieve goals or challenges you set yourself. This doesn’t mean that you need to spend hours in the gym. Slower paced activities, such as walking can provide a good level of exercise which can lift your mood.
Whether you have five minutes or an hour, set aside time that you allow yourself to be active.
The important thing is to remember to enjoy what you’re doing. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym if that isn’t for you. See our ‘seven activities to help your wellbeing’ article.
Learning new life skills is a great way to improve health and wellbeing. Continued learning encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Finding ways to engage in work or educational activities is associated with health wellness. This doesn’t have to mean getting a qualification or completing a course. Setting yourself a goal or giving yourself a purpose is proven to improve wellbeing.
It’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself. Learning isn’t just about completing qualifications, it’s about finding what suits you and getting enjoyment out of it.
Small, or even large acts of kindness and giving to others often brings good wellbeing. While giving to others is inherently good, it can also make you feel happier and satisfied about life.
Helping and supporting others and working towards a shared goal is good for wellbeing. Participating in social and community life once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
Mindfulness is a good way of improving your mental wellbeing. Paying more attention to the present moment, your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you can bring positive changes to the way you feel about life.
It’s easy to rush through life without stopping to take notice. But what we do and how we think have a huge impact on good wellbeing.
Better ways to take notice include:
Being mindful about the world around us and being more aware of sights, smells, sounds and tastes you experience allows you to understand the world and yourself a lot better.
Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation or music to engage with the world around you.
Health wellness is something that affects us all. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not able to function, but it could mean that there are areas of your mental or physical health that you might want to give attention.
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is an essential part of maintaining good health and wellness.
This means eating a variety of foods in healthy proportions. It’s important to consume the right amount of food and drink in order to achieve a healthy mind and body.
We’re all familiar with the concept of 5-a-day, but how do we know that we are eating the recommended amount of fruit and veg?
Fruit and vegetables are good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and should make up just over a third of your daily food intake. The NHS recommends that you eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day – they can be fresh, frozen, canned or juiced, the important thing is to try and include them into your diet.
Its recommended that starchy foods should make up just over a third of your diet.
For healthier options, choose wholegrain or wholemeal starchy foods:
These often contain more fibre, vitamins and minerals than white alternatives. Potatoes with skins on are also a great source of nutrition.
Joined Holland & Barrett: Jan 2018
Bsc in Nutrition, Registered Associate Nutritionist and Certification in Pre and Post Natal Nutrition
Donia started her career as a freelance nutritionist, later she joined Nestle as their Market Nutritionist to help support their healthier product range, before joining the team at Holland & Barrett in January 2018.
Donia has over 6 years experience as a Nutritionist and also works with clients on a one to one basis to support their goals which include weight loss, prenatal and postnatal nutrition and children’s health.