People tend to rush through life, chasing obligations, using escapist entertainment to unwind, juggling responsibilities, and thinking about just about everything other than their own well-being. All sorts of ailments crop up as a result.
Aches and pains, depression, stress related illnesses like ulcers and heart problems—all of these can be due to not taking care of one’s overall well-being. Here are our tips on how to improve your well-being:
- Be active
Although we often feel like we’re “always busy,” we typically aren’t as physically active as we should be. Not only that, but we often actually resist being physically active because we feel that we’re too tired, or it’s uncomfortable, or for some other reason. But the fact of the matter is that healthy physical activity can actually help reduce aches and pains, and can help to address fatigue. That’s right—the right exercise can actually give you more energy.
Of course, if you have injuries or other physical conditions, it’s important to consult with your doctor regarding the right exercise for you. There are many low-impact exercise options suitable for those with physical issues, like warm water aerobics and yoga.
- Get enough sleep
It seems counter-intuitive, but fatigue can have an adverse effect on our sleep schedule. And of course, getting low quality sleep can exacerbate fatigue, causing a major negative feedback loop. Break that cycle by having good sleep patterns: go to bed at the same time each night, have a strict no-screens-in-bed rule, and set your alarm at the same time every day. If you need noise to fall asleep, consider a recording of soothing classical music, nature sounds, or white noise, rather than television or movies. Combining good sleep patterns and increasing activity levels during the day can help many sleep problems.
- Pamper yourself—the right way
Just because you’re trying to improve your well-being, doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself. In fact, taking care of yourself is pampering yourself. It’s also important to find enjoyable, healthy ways to relax.
Massage is a great way to do that. Massage, especially tested techniques like shiatsu, can help you relax, relieve pain, and of course, simply feel great. You can even enjoy the benefits of massage at home with an automated massage unit like truMedic’s InstaShiatsu massager.
It may take some planning and concentration to make your well-being a priority, but you won’t regret it.