Why now is the time to top up your wellbeing bucket

If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we can’t control everything and the value of our own wellbeing. The state of the world has meant that many of us have faced new challenges and have had to learn how to take better care of ourselves and our wellbeing. With working and schooling from home, and not being able to do all the things we usually could, many parts of our lives have become harder. Not only that, it seems as though just when we saw light at the end of the tunnel, many of us may have now had to face restrictions all over again. So how do we cope with all this extra strain! The answer is by topping up our wellbeing bucket and right now is the perfect time to set yourself a new wellbeing goal.

There are many ways that we can ‘top up’ our bucket, be this through doing something for our mental wellbeing, doing something kind for someone else, taking time out in nature; the list is endless. A great starting point may be our Wellbeing Challenge – 2 weeks with a new nurturing activity each day! When we do things that top up our bucket, we give ourselves a buffer against all the things that drain our bucket (the demands and stressors in our lives).

 

So how can we top up our bucket?

  1. Go for a nature walk Research has shown that being outdoors reduces our stress hormones. The benefits of exercise to our wellbeing are also countless. Take a break with a short walk somewhere leafy, even if it's just a quick ten minutes on your lunch break!
  2.  Eat a healthy diet  We all know that food and how we function are linked. If we want to keep ourselves well, we can’t forget to look at what we are putting into our body. Check out our article written by a qualified nutritionist on foods that support your immune system.
  3. Deep breathing Most of us have heard of the ‘fight or flight response’. When we are living our days at a fast pace many of us slip into this stress response zone AKA the ‘red zone’. The fastest and easiest way to get out of this zone and into the ‘green zone’ where our bodies rest, digest and repair, is to take slow deep breaths that move your belly (seems too easy right!). Don’t know where to start? Here are some top meditation apps for breathing and relaxation.
  4. Set yourself some new goals Take some time to think about what your life looks like right now and how you envision your ideal life. What goals can you set today to get yourself closer to the ideal? Research has shown that goals that are written down regularly are 42% more likely to be achieved, so get writing!

If you are looking for some more ideas for how to boost your wellbeing, download our two-week wellbeing challenge. Print or share this challenge with those around you and start the process to making some quick positive top ups to your wellbeing bucket.

If you've decided to take on the challenge, don't forget to download the Wellbeing Challenge wallpaper to use on your mobile as a daily reminder to make time for you.
Written by Amy Brown, Wellbeing Guru
Amy has always wanted to work in a career that makes others’ lives better, which is why she did a psychology degree. As a big fan of positive psychology and a self-confessed research nerd, Amy loves learning new ways we can improve our lives and sharing them through blog articles, webinars, workshops and more!
 
 
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