Maintaining your sense of wellbeing

by Charlotte.Barnes on August 31, 2010

With summer gone it’s important that we start thinking about our wellbeing.

There will be fewer opportunities to go for a swim in the sea or an invigorating walk through the woods and the days are going to start getting darker and gloomier.

But as the colder seasons begin to set in there’s no need to start eating unhealthily and stop exercising.

A lot of students – and teachers too – will be heading back to school, college and university over the next month. It can be hard to stay healthy while at school – you’re probably surrounded by vending machines and with all that time spent studying you might not have time to get three square meals a day.

So, this is the perfect time to get into a routine.

Make a plan and stick to it

We all need a routine – it makes it more likely to keep to it.

Step one in creating a routine is to eat breakfast. Make sure you eat something healthy and nutritious every morning. It sets you up for the day, helps you concentrate and also kick starts your metabolism after being somewhat dormant during the time you’ve spent sleeping.

Next, take lunch to work or school. The fast food outlet across the road might look inviting, but it’s really not good to be having that every day. Instead, make yourself a packed lunch, preferably out of fresh, unprocessed foods. Even if you make yourself a sausage sandwich with lashings of sauce it’s probably healthier than all the E-numbers in a pre-packaged sausage sandwich.

You’ll also need to find time to exercise. If you go to university then you might have the benefit of having an onsite gym, so take advantage of it. Try to fit in a run in the mornings before the weather begins to turn really nasty. Once it does, you can spend your nights playing things like Wii Fit to stay healthy.

Being healthy

There are some well established tips on staying healthy – get your five fruit or vegetables a day and make sure you do 20 minutes of exercise on a daily basis. But there are other ways you can keep healthy.

You should drink plenty of water – around eight glasses a day. Not only does it help to flush any toxins from your body, but it also has other benefits, such as helping to keep your skin looking healthy and feeling hydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches and drinking water throughout the day can also help you to feel awake and alert.

In order to get all the nutrients your body needs, but might not get from food, you should take a good quality multi-vitamin. This ensures that even when you do have a lapse in eating healthily your body is still getting its daily dose of good vitamins.

Staying natural

It’s important to eat a lot of raw foods to stay healthy. So you should factor raw fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. This can be anything from a banana with your porridge at breakfast to a green, leafy salad for dinner.

There are also a lot of natural remedies that can replace the medicines that you take on a daily basis. Shops like Holland and Barrett or Neal’s Yard Remedies are a good place to start. The staff can point you in the direction of something natural to help with a number of illnesses and ailments.

Healthy flowers

There are a number of flowers that can make a healthy addition to your diet. Dandelion leaves, for example, make a fantastic addition to a salad and rose petals can be used to garnish sweet dishes. So next time you buy roses from Interflora think about what else you can do with them.

The flowers of the alliums (chives, leeks, garlic and so on) can be eaten and tend to have a stronger flavour than the leaves.

Calendula, also known as marigolds, have a slightly bitter, peppery taste but add great colour and flavour to all sorts of dishes, including salads, pasta and meat dishes>. Jasmine is a lovely flower used to add flavour to tea and rice dishes.

Flowers and plants are also established in the world of medicine, with many known for their healing properties. Lemon balm is great when made into a tea – it can help relieve stress and settle upset stomachs. Dandelion is a cleanser and great for the liver, so try making an infusion out of the leaves to aid in a detox plan.

Echinacea is a great choice for getting rid of colds and flu. Rose hip, too, is good as it’s very high in vitamin C. You can make rose hip tea or syrup.

Treat yourself

There are lots of holistic remedies that can help relieve stress, aid in concentration and help you feel relaxed. Why not indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy massage? Oils like lavender help you to relax and can also aid in getting rid of mental fatigue and insomnia.

If you don’t want to go for a massage, then aromatherapy oils can be used in a number of other ways too. Rosemary oil can help to improve a poor memory – simply add a few drops of the oil to a bath and soak for 15 minutes. Bergamot oil can also be added to a bath to help with sadness and depression.

Acupuncture is another remedy shown to give great results. Each acupuncturist looks at their patient as a whole rather than focusing on specific ailments or illnesses. The process helps to restore your body’s balance and make you feel better all round. Because of this acupuncture is good for relieving pain and studies have shown that it helps people to recover from strokes and can improve movement in those with arthritis.

The sensation isn’t anything like what you’d expect from normal needles. Because each needle is so fine most people feel either a slight tingling sensation or nothing at all.


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