5 New Year wellbeing habits
Making small changes and creating new habits will lead to higher levels of wellbeing. Try introducing these wellbeing habits gradually leading to sustained behaviours.
Introduce a morning Mindful activity
- This can be anything you do each day, brushing your teeth, drinking a coffee, washing up
- What do you notice, what can you see, what can you feel? What can you hear, What can you taste, what can you smell?
- Utilise your senses to bring you into the present moment
- This can increase our attention, reduce anxiety and help us to be in the here and now. Often in the morning, we are ‘future focused’ for example, thinking about all of the things that we have to do today (this can increase stress before we have even left the house.
Increase walking by 10 minutes a day
- Could you park a little further from the office than usual?
- Take the stairs rather than the lift
- Get off the bus/tube one stop earlier
- Fresh air and exercise can lead to increased focus and decreased stress
Add one healthier food/drink into you day
- Rather than deny yourself, why not add something in? A few ideas:
- A glass of water in the morning “hydrate before you caffeinate”
- Add a piece of fruit to your lunch
- Try a vegetable that you have not tried before your dinner.
- Carry a nutritious snack with you for moments of hunger, apple with peanut butter, orange, nuts.
Make lunch break a routine
- Make an appointment with yourself each day in your diary, see it as a priority, even just 15 minutes a day. Perhaps you could:
- Eat your lunch mindfully
- Catch up with a colleague
- Go for a brisk walk, or perhaps both at the same time.
- Research shows that having a lunchtime break and getting away from the screen can increase productivity and creativeness.
Improve Sleep routine
- Do you have a wind-down routine?
- Try being device free for an hour or so before bed.
- Be disciplined with checking work email.
- Try not to eat too late.
- Is your room cool and dark?
- Reduce caffeine intake from mid-afternoon.
- Try having a relaxing bath.Re-posted from Jan 20Download as a PDF infographic-wellbeinghabits