Did you know that being healthy is about looking after your wellbeing. It all about the mental, physical, spiritually, even emotional. It’s all encompassing. All of these basically go hand in hand in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle! 

Having a good state of mind can improve your sense of wellbeing and your ability to function in everyday life confidently, especially when a challenges come up. 

I find that if I am in a positive mindset it also helps me to smash out my day in general and feel better. 
Accepting your body and yourself for who you are. Many people struggle with low self-esteem and a low sense of self-worth and especially around their bodies. 

I can totally understand this as we are faced with examples of what ‘beauty’ is meant to look like on every social media platform and  or media outlet. 

We are faced with the “my body has to look like this, or else”. It can be hard to love ourselves and our bodies, when we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. While I am encouraging you to always strive to be to be healthier and to be happier, however that looks like to you, you also need to understand you can only do it for you and no one else. 

You were put into the body you are in for a reason and you are unique. 

No two people will ever be the same, so there is no point trying to be someone else. 
If you focus on being the best version of YOU, you will feel so much happier as you aren’t constantly comparing yourself to others.

Make healthy food choices.

This may seem like a cliche and yet it is SO important. If you eat a diet of highly processed foods that have little nutritional benefit, you are doing your body an injustice, you are doing your body a disservice. 
Good nutrition allows your body to function at its absolute BEST, making you feel good from the inside out. And it keeps your immune system functional properly.

Processed foods are filled with nasty chemicals that can affect your brain in a negative way. 
If you are constantly stressed, try to cut out caffeine and foods high in salt and processed sugar. 
You will feel so much better!

Surrounding yourself with positive people.

Surrounding yourself with friends, family and people who are positive in general will give you a greater sense of wellbeing. 

Take the time out of your busy schedule to socialize with your friends, go out and try new things and have fun! Even if its just online right now. You can still have fun!

Feeling appreciated, loved and laughing helps to keep your mental health in check. 

Having positive people surrounding you also encourages to strive towards your goals and be the best version of you possible. Again even if it’s just online for now.

If you’re struggling to find support within your own networks, try connecting with community in your area. 
You’ll find thousands of like-minded people from all over the world sharing their struggles and successes in becoming healthier, more confident versions of themselves. And when I say healthier, I am talking about mindset. 

Appreciate the little things.

Our lives these days can be so hectic, we are constantly plugged into our phones which are feeding us news from every corner of the world. 

This can get overwhelming at times and we may forget what is really important in life. 

Every week, set some time aside to disconnect from all social media and switch off your devices to spend more time doing little things that make you happy like sipping a cup of tea or reading your favourite book. 
Take everything in, without doing it through your phone screen. 

Say hi to a stranger, staying 6 feet away right now, of course, enjoy time with your pet or simply meditate. 
Making this a regular habit can help you to relax and appreciate the little things that make you happy. 

Find a hobby.

It is so important to develop multiple skills and hobbies over your lifespan, as these can give you a purpose in life and bring you joy. If all you do is work or study then go home and repeat the cycle, eventually, you may feel underwhelmed with your life. Doing things that make YOU happy helps to keep your mind happy. 

Starting a new hobby is also a great way for you to meet like-minded people and expand your networks beyond your usual social circle.  This can be done online as well.

While your interests may change year to year, as long as you have something to look forward to, you will feel more positive!

Give back to others.

Caring and giving back to others is a part of maintaining healthy relationships. 

When you care for someone you become naturally concerned about their welfare. If you have lost touch with some of your friends or family, try to do something nice for them that shows you care. 
When you do something for someone without expecting anything in return, it makes you feel better as a person. 

Call your grandmother who you haven’t spoken to in a while, or volunteer within your local community if you are able. Small acts of kindness like this can make you feel happy and appreciated.

Talk about your feelings.

Many of us keep a lot of our feelings  bottled in, whether that be sadness, anger or disappointment. 
Sometimes we don’t talk about our feelings because we don’t want to ‘bother’ people with our problems. Talking about what we are feeling can help to process our thoughts and feelings, and move on from them. 
There is nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it.

If you don’t want to talk to anyone about your feelings, writing in a journal can really help. 
Spend some time weekly writing down your feelings, and you will feel so much better having expressed them.
Review your life on a regular basis.

Time is so precious, and it seems to be going by faster and faster each year. We may have goals in mind that we would like to achieve, but how often do you sit down and track their progress?

Sitting down every few months to track what we are doing in life can be really helpful to see where we are making good progress and areas that we can improve. This helps us to be real with ourselves and maybe adjust our paths if what we are doing is not working.
Focus on what you can control.

Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about things we can’t control, really all this does is stress us out and make us feel anxious. This lowers your immune system.

Instead, focus your efforts on problems you CAN control, and if these seem enormous, break them down into smaller problems/tasks. 

Remember there is always going to be something in life you won’t have complete control over, and that is just part of growing up and understanding what you should and should not focus on.

Using the failure to encourage success.

If you are one of those people that get disheartened when you fail at something, learn to use it as an opportunity to create success! It can be hard failing at something and we may instinctively want to give up, however, it is important to remember each time we fail at something it teaches us a lesson. 

Learn from your mistakes and do better next time, use your failures to make you a better person. 
If you give up each time something goes wrong, you will encourage having a low sense of self-worth and may become too scared to ever try again.

You’ve got this!