30 wellbeing tips for everybody

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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As defined by the Collins Dictionary, wellbeing is "the condition of being contented, healthy, or successful."

But how does one achieve said state?

Well, that's different for everybody. But no matter who you are, there are some tried and tested strategies to improve how you feel, both inside and out.

Here are 30 tips for a better, brighter you.

1. Switch Off

Remember to take a break from the constant buzz of your smartphone, laptop, PlayStation, tablet, Tamagotchi or [insert device here]. 

2. Be Active Outside

Mother Nature is good for us mentally, and any kind of exercise is good for us physically.

So take it outside for a double whammy of wellbeing!

3. Love To Laugh

When we get the giggles, our bodies release natural, feel-good chemicals.

So get your funniest friend on the phone, watch some Robin Williams or do what makes you LOL.

READ >> 6 health benefits of laughter

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4. Keep Learning

It’s always a good time to learn something new!

Train your brain with new challenges and keep it guessing.

5. Stay Hydrated

Water regulates body temperature and helps maintain your other functions.

So make H20 your go-to drink – especially in the heat.

6. Get Involved

Connect with your community and stay social.

You could join a club, volunteer, or simply say yes when you might’ve said no.

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7. Give Hugs

Cuddles encourage your body to release oxytocin, a neurotransmitter often dubbed the ‘love hormone’.

It plays a key role in bonding, and helps you and the lucky recipient feel cool, calm and collected.

8. Plan An Adventure

Having something to look forward to is a great way to boost happiness.

It could be a mini getaway or a full blown pilgrimage – if you’ve got time up your sleeve, then by all means plan it!

9. Don't Hold A Grudge

Try to forgive and forget – especially the petty stuff.

Holding a grudge holds you and your happiness back, so learn to let go of unnecessary anger and stress.

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10. Eat A Rainbow

Fill your plate with colourful, nutrient-dense food and give your body what it needs. And no, we don’t mean Skittles!

Nutrition Australia has some great tips here.

11. Stress Less

Chronic stress is a no-no for wellbeing.

Make sure you address whatever is stressing you out and take some time to relax. Zone out in a bubble bath, grab a colouring book or listen to music – whatever works for you.

12. Stay Stimulated

Mentally stimulating activities help your brain build new cells and strengthen connections.

Working on something particularly challenging can kick things up a notch, so whip out the crossword or get stuck into some Ikea instructions!

READ >> 10 tips for better brain health

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13. Maintain Posture

With bad posture comes back pain, tension, circulation problems, headaches and a whole host of other things.

So do what your teacher told you and sit up straight!

14. Set Small Goals

It’s all about the little wins.

So be realistic with your goals, and take it step by step. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

15. Practise Positivity

There’s a lot of power in being positive.

Try holding back negative thoughts and observations, and look for the good instead.

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16. Smile More

When we smile, our bodies release all sorts of feel-good chemicals that benefit our health and happiness.

So even if you’ve had a woeful Wednesday, crack a smile just for the sake of it! Laughing does wonders for the body, too!

17. Feel Your Feelings

It’s okay to be sad, scared, proud, excited or otherwise.

Let yourself experience emotions instead of sweeping them under the rug.

18. Sleep Well

A good night’s rest helps you function at your best.

Most of us need around 8 hours of shut eye.

19. Give Back

Help out a mate. Tell someone they look great. Volunteer. Donate clothes, cash, blood… or hugs.

You’ll be surprised how good you’ll feel for it.

READ >> Why you should volunteer in aged care or disability support

20. Take Notice

Make a mental note to stay curious.

Stop and really see what’s around you and take time to appreciate the little things.

21. Use Your Muscles

Muscle mass declines with age, and as they say – use it or lose it!

You don’t need to become a gym junkie – it could be as simple as walking with some light weights or some extra elbow grease in the garden!

READ >> 5 reasons to keep walking as you get older

22. Connect With Nature

Mother Nature has a way of lifting spirits, so whenever you can, go outside and appreciate her.

Eat pistachios on the patio, read under a tree, or do a spot of gardening.

READ >> Why gardening is so good for you

23. Stay Social

Social engagement is not only good for our personal wellbeing; it’s also beneficial for brain health.

So take the lead and plan a catch-up, join a book club or simply talk more to those around you.

24. Value Yourself

Believe it or not, but feeling good about yourself is good for you!

Reflect on what you’ve achieved, happily accept compliments and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every now and then.

25. Say Something

If there’s something on your chest, let it out.

Don’t be scared to say sorry, ask for forgiveness or speak the truth.

26. Appreciate Music

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – music and wellbeing work in harmony!

27. Be Creative

Whether it’s art, music, woodwork, poetry, crochet or something else entirely, it feels pretty good to marvel over something you’ve made yourself.

So spend a little time being creative with whatever floats your boat.

READ >> 5 big benefits of creative expression

28. Get Your Protein

Muscle mass is made up of protein. As we age, we lose a fair bit of muscle mass, so it’s important to have enough protein in your diet.

If you don’t eat meat or dairy, try eating more beans, spinach and nuts – they’re packed full of the good stuff!

29. Make Furry Friends

Spending time with animals has been shown to lower the stress hormone and stimulate feelings of happiness.

If you haven’t got a pet, visit some farm animals or take a trip to the zoo!

READ >> 4 reasons why pets are so good for our wellbeing

30. Live In The Moment!

Be more aware of the here and now.

Be present, put your phone down, and really take in the beauty of what’s around you.

At Brightwater, we're all about wellbeing. We provide home care, residential aged care and retirement living solutions for seniors, as well as support for younger people with complex disabilities.

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