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5 Tips to Improve Your Wellbeing

It’s really important to look after your health and take time to actively improve your wellbeing, no matter how busy you are on a day-to-day basis.

Looking after your wellbeing can easily slip to the bottom of your to do list, but not making it a priority can easily result in burnout and or/illness.

Acting now can help prevent burnout and improve your health in general, plus there are ways to actively do this that don’t take up a lot of your time.

Eat a balanced diet

A balanced diet means eating a variety of food, the correct portions and avoiding excess consumption of one type of food e.g. eating only high sugar foods or processed food.

Ensuring you’re having a good level of fruit and vegetables, starchy foods (e.g. wholegrain bread, pasta and rice), dairy, protein and fibre is a good place to start. You should also check you’re eating food that gives you sufficient levels of vitamins and minerals, and take steps to avoid eating too much high saturated fat, sugar and salt.

If your diet is unbalanced, you may find that you’re tired and lack energy, despite having a sufficient amount of sleep. If you have specific dietary requirements, intolerances and allergies, it’s best to seek advice from a healthcare professional if you need to make changes to your diet.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of major illness, such as strokes and diabetes. It can also contribute to your energy levels.

Many people feel they simply don’t have time to fit regular exercise into their daily routine, but there are a few ways you can incorporate it with minimal effort, such as going for a brisk walk on your lunch break,  or, if you’re able to do so, you could cycle into work or do an at home 30min workout.

Adults should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. This could be a combination of activities such as: walking, riding a bike, swimming, or dancing.

Get enough sleep

If you’re not getting enough sleep, there’s a high chance you’re not performing at your best. A lack of sleep can result in you regularly feeling tired and could even impact your mood.

If you’re intentionally staying up late or working into the early hours of the morning, you aren’t doing yourself any favours. Try to wind down earlier and dedicate some time to getting a good night’s sleep.

It’s even better to avoid high sugar and caffeinated drinks before you go to sleep and if you can, try to stick with set times for going to and getting out of bed.

If you’re struggling to sleep in general, despite your best efforts, speak with a health professional for more advice.

Drink alcohol in moderation

Adults are advised not to regularly consume more than 14 units of alcohol a week. Excessive alcohol consumption can result in a whole range of both short term and long-term health problems.

Short term problems can include:

  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Accidents and injury
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Long term problems include:
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Liver cancer

Be mindful of how much alcohol you’re consuming. If you are having 14 units of alcohol per week, it’s advised that you spread it throughout the week.

Give yourself time away from a screen

Try to have time away from screens each day, especially if your job involves working on digital devices.

It’s good for both your physical and mental health to reconnect with the world around you and tune in to your surroundings. You could dedicate some time away from your phone and replace it with going for a walk.

Reducing screen time before you go to bed can also help you switch off, wind down and relax.

Ready to improve your wellbeing?

Start by getting an overview and understanding of your general health with our Health Assessments. Our assessments, which involve simple blood tests, will help you identify any areas you need to focus on and we’ll also give you actionable advice.