Wellness. It is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. The wellness movement is more than being free from illness, it is also a dynamic process of change and growth. Check out some of The Doc’s top-wellness-tips below!
“A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
– The World Health Organisation
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is crucial to living a high-quality life. This is because everything we do, and feel, relates to our wellbeing. In turn, our wellbeing impacts our thoughts and emotions.
A lot of people hear the term wellness and assume that it’s something beyond their reach or dismiss it as a concept used by wellness practitioners to sell their cause. In reality, however, wellness can be achieved with small daily choices. The best part is you don’t have to have a lot of money, time, or even skills in the kitchen.
Eat one green food per day. Starting small to adjust your diet is a great way to kickstart your path to wellness, and it requires very little effort. Whether it is a cup of broccoli at dinner or spinach snuck into a smoothie; these small changes can provide your body with nutrition and protect you from major diseases.
Drink a glass of water when you wake up. Drinking water is essential for hydrating your body. Drinking a glass first thing in the morning helps you wake up, and is an excellent way to flush out your body to keep you healthy. Remember: your body contains (and needs) more water than most of us realise. Be sure you’re giving it enough!
Use herbs instead of all the salt. Instead of shaking on salt there are an abundance of other methods of getting a flavour hit! Think cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, oregano, sage, and garlic. Even the juice of citrus fruits can step up the taste quality of your meals; and with an additional boost to your health and vitality!
Get moving. We hear daily how exercise is an important factor in our day-to-day lives. Moving every day not only makes you feel amazing by pumping endorphins (chemicals that help us to feel more peaceful and happy) through our bodies; it also aids in slowing the ageing process, toning, and to help fight diseases including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Limit your alcohol consumption. There are a lot of benefits to cutting down on alcohol consumption. Not only is it good for your overall health and wellness, it can also improve your appearance and have a positive impact on other aspects of your life including your relationships and work life. Less alcohol also means increased energy and it will save you a lot of money in the long run too. Bonus!
Get some beauty sleep. When you sleep, your brain signals your body to release hormones and compounds that help retain memory, maintain your immune system, manage your hunger levels, and decrease risk for health conditions. A healthy amount of sleep for the average adult is seven to eight hours a night. If you are regularly getting fewer than this; it may be beneficial to schedule your sleep by making an effort to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (including weekends). Making your bed comfy, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine, and engaging in regular exercise are also able to aid your sleeping habits.
Practice gratitude and positive thinking. It doesn’t cost money or time but the benefits of practicing gratitude are enormous. Gratitude not only opens the door to better relationships, it also encourages better physical and mental health; as well as allowing you to sleep better and improve self-esteem. This is because people are more receptive to those who express thanks; while those who are more grateful are more likely to take better care of their health and wellbeing.
Find your aroma. Aromatherapy is often hailed for its ability to reduce anxiety and depression, boost energy levels and cognitive performance, as well as being able to improve and regulate your sleep.
Spend time in nature. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical wellness. Spending time in the great outdoors not only relieves stress; it provides additional benefits including exposure to fresh air and vitamin d from the sun. Read more from The Doc here.
Declutter. Your closet, your car, any space that is not making you feel calm. You’ll be amazed at how freeing it is to let go of things that you no longer need or use. If you’re not sure about what should stay and what should go ask yourself…
- Have I used it in the last year?
- If I went shopping today, would I buy it?
If the answer is no, it’s time to let it go. Donating these items to charity will add to those feel-good emotions by knowing you are helping out those who are in need!
Clean out your fridge and pantry. Move through each item to ask if it is helping you reach your goals or providing an unhealthy distraction. If it is an item that is regularly used by your family or housemates; relegate it to a different cupboard or space that won’t tempt you as easily.
Make space for positivity. Once you’ve decluttered you will have more space for the things that you love; and that will help you reach your goals and feel your best.
The Doctor’s Kitchen provides you with nutritional, delicious meals and menus that can aid you on your path to wellness; whether you want to lose weight, maintain weight, or bulk up. You can book in with one of our Docs at our HQ at Carina. Or now, at the Rosalie Milton Clinic, to get started on the Doc’s weight loss meals.
The Doctor’s Kitchen and our doctors service all Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Toowoomba areas.
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