22 actions to improve your mental and physical well-being

1) GET ORGANISED

Writing a “to do” list for the next day before bed can organise your thoughts and clear your mind of any distractions.

2) REDUCE ALCOHOL

When times are hard, it’s tempting to drink alcohol because it “numbs” feelings.

But it can exaggerate some negative feelings and make you feel angry or sad. Cutting down can help keep your mind focused and positive.

3) TALK AND SHARE

Communication is important, whether it’s with a friend, family member or counsellor.

Talking things through helps you to release tension, rather than keeping it inside. It helps strengthen your relationships and connect with people.

4) DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE ELSE

Helping others can be a great way to feel better right now. Whether it’s helping out a neighbor, assisting a friend, or volunteering for a local organization, doing good for others can leave you with positive emotions that researchers have dubbed a “warm glow.”

5) PLAN SOMETHING

According to one study, researchers found that people who are able to balance living in the here and now with planning for the future are more resistant to negative moods and resilient in the face of stress.

6) WRITE IT DOWN

Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone. This can help you identify the root of your current unhappiness, which will offer a direct way out.

7) CRY

You should absolutely cry when you feel like doing so. Cry out all your fear and stress; what’s left after will help you look at your current problems with a fresh perspective.

8) SING

Sing loudly like no one can hear you if you want to learn how to feel better. Did you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?

9) GET OUT OF BED

It’s incredibly tempting to stay in bed and scroll through social media when we’re feeling down, but if you want to know how to feel better, you need to get out into the world.

10) TIDY UP

As you’re learning how to feel better, organize your desk or closet; you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.

11) STOP WORRYING

Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain.

Life is full of what ifs and endless possibilities. Whatever is going to happen, is going to happen, whether you worry or not.

So, why waste time worrying when some things you have no control over?

12) MOVE OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Nothing worth having comes with a 100% guarantee of success, nor should it. Being willing to take risks is what life is all about.

Living in your comfort zone shrinks your world and gives you tunnel vision. Instead of thinking, “If only I had…,” take a leap of faith and maybe, just maybe, you’ll discover the life you always wanted.

13) HAVE A FEEL GOOD SONG

Everyone needs a go-to song when they need to brighten up their day. It’s been proven that music can make us happy even on our worst of days.

14) KEEP A GRATITUDE LIST

Gratitude practices are a tried-and-true mood-boosting method for many because the more you’re able to pinpoint things you’re grateful for, the more likely you are to train yourself to spot upsides in your life even when pretty much everything is objectively awful.

15) MEDITATE

There are meditation apps to help you develop your practice, but if the thought of mindfulness weirds you out, just close your eyes and breathe for a few minutes.

16) FOOD!

Give yourself a boost Of healthy nutrients! We’re talking fruit, veggies and protein. When your body feels good your brain will follow.

17) READ

Be it your favorite guilty-pleasure celeb gossip mag or your favorite blog, taking a few moments to indulge in something you truly enjoy will give you a burst of positive energy. Plus you might learn something.

18)DRINK COFFEE️ (not too much, though)

They don’t call it “Central Perk” for nothing. As a central nervous system stimulant, caffeine doesn’t just boost alertness, it can also improve your mood.

19) MOVE TO NORWAY

Ok, moving to Norway might not make you happy, but people who live there are some of the happiest in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, a ranking compiled by an international team of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians to measure global well-being.

20) STATE A POSITIVE AFFIRMATION TO YOURSELF 

•“I’m going to smash today!” 

•“I am proud of myself” 

•…”I will be Wigan’s Next Top Model!”

Starting your day with positive affirmations (regardless of how you’re actually feeling) is a great way to focus your thoughts and improve your mindset. Each morning tell myself “you’ve got this”. Some days you don’t need to repeat it but on the days you do it can be a huge help.

21) SET REALISTIC GOALS

If you like to make to-do lists, listen closely: When setting your goals, it’s better to be specific and set goals you know you can achieve. For example, instead of setting a goal like “save the environment,” try to recycle more.

22) FORGIVE

It’s one thing to get upset over an injustice you suffered, but it’s another thing to hold on to that emotion long-term. That’s called a grudge, and it can easily consume you. That’s why it’s always better to forgive and move on than hold a grudge.

22.02.2022 – A palindrome, an ambigram, and an altogether great opportunity to give you some advice! Happy Twosday!