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10 Unique Ideas To Enhance Your Wellbeing

 




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We all want to look after our physical and mental health, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to improve and maintain your well-being. Our modern lifestyles don’t always allow for a whole lot of downtime, and it can be challenging to create a healthy routine that sticks. Perhaps you’ve already got some kind of wellbeing routine, and you’re looking for a few more ideas? To help you create a new roadmap to health, check out these ten unique ideas.


1 . Set Yourself A Challenge

When we challenge ourselves to learn something new, we automatically open doors and gain more confidence. Carrying out the same routine can leave us feeling uninspired and stagnant, yet new challenges bring an element of excitement. 


You might challenge yourself to sign up to a language learning course, sing at an open mic night, or to tackle a challenging new recipe. Whatever it is, challenges are the best way to shake things up when you're feeling lethargic.


2. Crystal Healing

Crystals form underground, by a repetition of chemical structures, that takes millions of years. Some people believe that crystals hold different energies and that these energies can be used to improve our health. When you visit a crystal therapist, they will place various crystals on or close to your body. The intention is to ‘unblock’ energy centers or encourage certain moods and emotions. The idea is that crystals can help to balance your energy and improve your overall well being.


3. The Right Herbal Supplements

The world of herbs provides us with so many health benefits; there are many options depending on your ailments. There are herbs for stress and sleep, herbs for heart health, and herbs for improved digestion. Whatever your health goals are there’ll be a herb or two that can help you out! Let’s take a closer look at a few options.


  • Stress: To de-stress and improve your sleep, Valerian root is an excellent herbal supplement to use. The valeric acid works to repress the breakdown of GABA, which results in feelings of tranquility and calmness.

  • Heart Health: Olive Leaf is one of the best herbs that you can take to support the health of your health. What’s more, Olive Leaf can boost immune function and protect the body from free radicals.

  • Digestion: To support digestion, Turmeric is the perfect aid to relieve bloating and support the liver. It’s also anti-microbial and a great anti-inflammatory.


4. Activism & Charity Work

Getting involved in good causes is one of the best ways to boost your mental health and wellbeing. For a few ideas to get you going, check out the following websites:


  • Earth Day Network: The Earth Day Network is on a mission to diversify and broaden the world's environmental movement. One of their main goals is to protect our Earth and address the issue of climate change.

  • Femen: The word ‘Femen’ represents the ‘special force of feminism.’ Here you can learn more about campaigning for women’s rights across the world.

  • Hope Not Hate: The Hope Not Hate group was built to challenge extremism and hate-fueled politics. The idea is to develop a resilience against the politics of fear and of hate.



5. Nonviolent Communication Course

Nonviolent communication refers to a practice that focuses on taking complete responsibility for our experiences. NVC offers a framework that helps individuals to become deeply aware of their thoughts, actions, and listening skills. The foundation principles include:


  • Empathy for the self: The ideas to develop a compassionate awareness of your inner emotions and experience.

  • Empathy for others: Developing the skills to listen and understand other people, relating compassionately to their emotions.

  • Self Expression: Honestly expressing yourself and taking full responsibility for your unfolding experience.


There are many nonviolent communication workshops online, aimed at both individuals and small businesses.


6. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic practice that is used to target various health conditions, (including stress). When you have an acupuncture session, your therapist uses fine needles to target different parts of your skin. The practice is designed to offer muscle relaxation and pain relief (if appropriate). Acupuncture is also known to improve circulation and boost the immune system. Some people can feel a little uneasy about acupuncture, but there’s no need to be. The process is not painful and rather is focused on healing and relaxation.


7. Cold Water Therapy 

Coldwater immersion therapy can improve the lymphatic system, digestive system and boost the immune system. As well as these benefits, cold water immersion therapy is useful to improve circulation. Some studies have indicated that cold hydrotherapy is also an effective treatment for depression and stress. It’s believed that this is because the cold can boost our sympathetic nervous system. You can attend several workshops to learn about cold water immersion therapy, including the popular ‘Wim Hof Method.’ It’s essential to follow the appropriate health and safety guidance, especially if you attempt cold water swimming for the first time.


8. Mindfulness

Mindfulness means ensuring that your mind is fully attending to your experience, to your space, thoughts, and actions, moment to moment. It may sound straightforward, but so many of us allow our attention to drift frantically to the past or future. When we do this we can become anxious and lose touch with the present. To help you to practice mindfulness, it may help to try the following mindfulness apps:


  • The Mindfulness App: This application provides plenty of guided mindfulness and meditation sessions to help boost your well-being. These sessions range from 3 minutes to 30, so it’s easy to fit these in with your schedule.

  • Buddhify: The Buddhify app provides hundreds of mindfulness and meditation sessions, helping users to reduce anxiety, and gain a deeper appreciation of the present moment.


9. Grow Your Own Food

Want to supercharge your well-being? Growing your own food is a fantastic way to improve both your mental and physical health. The first step to growing your own food is to create the perfect compost pile; this can help you nourish your soil without using chemical-based fertilizers. To create great compost, remember these tips.


  • Green Vs. Brown: You need to use an equal amount of green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) materials to make a great compost pile. Brown materials include wood chips, cardboard, or dead leaves, while green materials are things like grass clippings, vegetable waste, and eggshells.


  • Aerate Your Compost: You need to ensure that you aerate your compost pile to ensure it gets enough oxygen. You can do this with a rake, a shovel, or by using a compost tumbler. The bacteria that break down your compost need oxygen to thrive, so turning your compost is so important. With the perfect compost and healthy soil it won’t be long before you’ve got some tasty vegetables.


10. Learn About Foraging

Foraging refers to the practice of gathering food sources from the wild, including herbs, plants, fruits, nuts, and mushrooms. Attending a foraging workshop or course can be a fantastic way to learn about wild foods and wild cooking. When you can use the outdoors to gather your own foods, you’ll be working towards a more sustainable lifestyle and gaining a deeper connection with the natural world. Some wild plants are unsafe to eat, so it’s better to attend a workshop before you try foraging yourself.


When you’re looking to improve your well-being, it can help use a journal to track your progress. A journal is a great place to jot down your goals and honestly express your thoughts and feelings.


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