Many are under the assumption that wellness requires investing copious amounts of time and money, however this is not true. In fact, making small changes to our daily routine is enough for cultivating self-care and achieving positive long-term results, suitable for even the time-starved. Below, we have gathered some simple approaches to help you welcome wellness into the new year as part of your everyday life.

Exercise

Those who exercise regularly cited improvements to mental and physical wellbeing. However, doing it on a daily basis can become tiring and monotonous. Thankfully, these benefits can also be achieved in the absence of a tedious treadmill in a full capacity workout room. Instead, consider implementing simple exercises in the likes of jumping jacks, planking or push-ups. Simple yet effective and most importantly, enjoyable are factors underpinning a successful and happy workout. After all, remember, a workout should not induce stress it should reduce stress!

Cultivate Positive Relationships

As innate social beings, social networks have a direct impact on our overall wellbeing. It, therefore, calls to the importance of being surrounded by positive people who can motivate, enlighten and draw happiness into our lives. Given the advancements in technology and the increased attachment to smartphone devices, anchored into everyday life, communication across cities and countries has become an easy ask. Yet, examples and studies discussed by the BBC have found that spending long hours on phones can hold negative impacts on mental health due to the illusion of being connected. The virtual connection technology provides should not cross out the need for human connection. Rather, it should be seen as a means of staying in contact across the busy bustle of life. So, remember to take time to unplug and spend quality time with loved ones.

Be Eco-conscious

It can prove difficult to practise wellness in an unhealthy environment. There are several ways to help protect the environment, for instance, supporting SMEs with ethical practices, switch to organic produce, never litter, pay attention to your carbon footprint, green up your space, reduce, reuse, recycle and so on. How does being eco-conscious relate to wellbeing? A paper by LA Venhoevenat Frontiers in Psychology found that those who take care of the environment by purchasing environmentally friendly products saw a correlation between their purchasing behaviours and a positive emotion towards their self-identity. The results of Venhoeven’s findings highlight that by fosteringpersonalhabitsfocused on the health of the environment, it can lead to a positive mind-set and outlook towards their own identity, improving wellbeing.

Eat Clean

The popular phrase 'You Are What You Eat' simply means that you need good food to stay healthy and fit. Therefore, the perfect place to start nourishing the body and mind is the kitchen. Research by NHS found that healthy meals can contribute to minimizing the risk of diseases prompted by an unhealthy lifestyle. In addition, remember to drink plenty of water, a clean and pure approach to clearing brain-fog, detoxifying the body to keep the body up and running.

Control Your Emotions

Insights by the Mentalhealth.gov statesthat howwe feel and how we think are factors that affect mental health. If you are experiencing strong emotions of anxiety, fury, sadness, or hopelessness, it could be early signs of mental illness according to the symptom board at the Mental Health Foundation. It is important to identify the sources of these feelings as well as any behavioural patterns out of the ordinary. This way, you can learn how to deal with them appropriately and seek help where necessary.

Take Time to Relax

Life is full of demands, and if you do not take time to relax you will burn out. Learn to involve methods of relaxation into the daily routine: meditation, visualisation, deep breathing, yoga, taking essential oil bubble baths, massage and more are some methods people choose to help relax. Reminding yourself to pause to catch your breath is the first step to self-care. If bubble baths and walks through the local park are not quite enough for you, consider a wellness retreat for a weekend. Short breaks intended to help individuals feel removed from the cyclical city life, escape to a space of tranquillity to enjoy moments of relaxation to clarify your true self and dreams.

Get Enough Sleep

As a society, we feel the need to do more and sleep less to be successful. However, for our bodies to rejuvenate and regenerate, a study by the Health Line suggests adults need a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night. Beyond quantifying sleep, the overall quality of sleep significantly determines and improves cognitive function and mood. Get snoozing!

Set Achievable Goals

Comparing lives with others has become an automatic instinct. To some, tangled emotions of fear, defeat and low self-esteem, group into fast and ferocious punches of pressure that punctuate lives. Every person is different and operates on a different mode, dressed in a different fashion, to form the beauty of individualism. From these factors, it becomes important to stay focused on yourself, working at the optimum level you know best. Set reasonable goals and aim for those rather than trying to morph into becoming someone else. Those with high-expectations of themselves have felt this chewing up their wellbeing and push them into a mode of dissatisfaction and loss of true self. Set attainable goals and celebrate every big and small achievement.

Take Care of Your Finances

When money is a common metric measuring success, admitting to financial woes and worries can be difficult. Money matters in ensuring ends meet and living life becomes comfortable. Hence, for a number of people, monetary related matters can play a role in affecting personal wellbeing. For some, it’s the confidence in managing money and seeing it as a confusing skill. Luckily, there are several saving techniques, investment ideas, and even apps to help monitor your spending, all of which deliver insights to help you make better financial decisions. Bear in mind safety nets such as insurance and retirement plans to equip for the forthcoming future.

Although life can be busy, wellness should also take the seat of priority. With these simple steps, finding balance is not a big ask. Life is a journey to be enjoyed, so make sure to take enough time out to relax and learn to take a retreat holiday once in a while to unwind.