Since 2012, Global Wellness Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of June each year to encourage us to pause and check in with ourselves. 2020 has been mentally and physically exhausing for all of us and even the simple act of switching off from all devices for 24 hours has a positive effect on your mental state. Use this time to get closer to nature, practice deep breathing exercises outside and think about outlining positive steps to improve your own wellbeing.
GWD encourages some simple anchors to help make wellness a lifestyle in their Seven Step Manifest, while emphasising 'What is important is not to implement all of the steps all at once, but to incorporate at least just a few of them into your daily life on a regular basis.'
We've highlighted our favourites below:
This does not have to feel like a task. There is no pressue to sweat it out in the gym or do something you don't enjoy. The simple act of walking in nature for an hour is enough to raise your endorphins and burn calories whilst doing so.
Aim to drink three litres of water a day. You can include herbal tea in your liquid intake goal for extra benefits. Proper hydration is the key to improved memory, clearer skin and weight loss. Fuel your body with nourishing foods, plenty of fruit and vegetables, free of pesticides and rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins. There is no one diet fits all, so experiment with different whole foods, fresh ingredients, and listen to how your body responds. According to meditation company Headspace, cooking can be used as a meditative exercise. The act of washing, chopping and slicing, marinating and kneading is known as Mindful Cooking. The art of mindful cooking presents the opportunity to anchor the mind, and focus attention on the senses, tuning them in to the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the culinary task at hand. In applying attention to the details of what you are doing, you will likely discover an increased calm and clarity in the kitchen.
The single most critical function our bodies need. During sleep, we go through an active period of restoration, processing and strengthening. Sleep is vital for optimal health and wellbeing. According to the Sleep Foundation, one of the vital roles of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. During the day, our brains take in an incredible amount of information. Rather than being directly logged and recorded, however, these experiences first need to be processed and stored; and many of these steps happen while we sleep. Modern day distractions have made it difficult for many of us to get a truly restorative sleep, but you can take steps to improve your nightly slumber.
1) Cut down on the caffeine. Stop all caffeine intake after 12pm
2) Switch off all devices at least an hour before bedtime
3) Drink a sleep tea before bed. Our Sleep Tea contains rooibos, chamomile and lemonbalm. All of which contribute to a restful nights sleep.