Everyone has heard of wellbeing, but how many of you actually know what it is and what different activities you can do to improve it?
Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, happy or healthy.
Mental health is also a component of wellbeing as the World Health Organisation, says, “Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
A hybrid workout that combines three classics such as; yoga, Pilates and ballet is great for your happiness and for your fitness.
These activities can strengthen your core, build your muscle and improve your mood, energy and sleep.
The Yoga Journal tells us how yoga can improve your wellbeing, “Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have shown that meditation increases the activity of the left prefrontal cortex—the area of the brain that's associated with positive moods, equanimity, and emotional resilience. In other words, meditating regularly may help you weather life's ups and downs with greater ease and feel happier in your daily life.”
Here at Champneys we offer a number of yoga retreats that can de-stress and invigorate you. Our breaks are perfect for beginners and more experienced yogis and with courses in hot vinyasa, kundalini, and ashtanga our yoga classes are all taught by experts that will stretch your mind and your body.
Our yoga and Pilates retreats will give you a deeper awareness of your body, mind and spirit, but our retreats allow you to access our swimming pool, Jacuzzi and relaxation rooms too.
There are a range of beauty treatments that are relaxing and are really beneficial for your wellbeing and facials are one such type of treatment that can help you de-stress.
The Decléor Power Packed Vitamin Surge Facial involves five deeply relaxing massage techniques and the popular treatment will help your stress melt away and cleanse and replenish your skin.
Your diet can also help improve your mood. A diet that cuts carbs can help you achieve this.
You can replace pasta and bread with fats and the aim of this is to put your body into a ketosis state so that you are burning fat for energy.
People on this type of diet have been found to lose over twice the amount of weight than others who are on a calorie restricted low-fat diet, as described in an article on Healthline.
The ketogenic diet has been known to improve people’s wellbeing as well as helping people to lose weight, improve athletic performance and brain health.
Lifeline Wellness says that there are lots of foods you can eat as part of the diet. The wellness blog says, “A ketogenic diet is filled with fresh, whole, clean foods including pastured eggs, wild-caught salmon, organic poultry, grass-fed/finished beef, organic and fermented dairy products, non-starchy vegetables, raw nuts, seeds, avocado, as well as anti-inflammatory oils and fats such as virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee, and MCT oil.”
Acupuncture and massages are generally used for the treatment of back pain, headaches, migraine, sports injuries or just for pure relaxation, but they are also helpful for treating anxiety, digestive problems, insomnia and lots of other issues.
Anita Brown at Trip Savvy, says, “We tend to think of massage as a way to pamper ourselves, but it's much more than a momentary feel-good treatment. Massage has many important health benefits. In fact, massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine.”
Massage treatments are known to calm the nervous system and experts suggest that getting a massage regularly is great for your wellbeing.
Anita Brown, adds, “Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.”
Exercise can improve your mental and physical health and by doing regular physical activity you can reduce your stress levels, anxiety and depression.
If you don’t exercise regularly, you need to make sure you pace yourself and that you take small steps and set realistic goals.
By easing into exercise it will be more enjoyable and setting goals will help motivate you to achieve your potential. By setting unattainable goals, you can increase your frustration at the lack of progress and can even cause you injury as you overdo it in trying to meet your goals.
Walking is a great exercise as you can just start off by going on a weekly 30-minute walk and according to Walking for Health it can do wonders for your mental health.
The largest network for health walks, says, “It (walking) improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed, and staying active helps those who are depressed recover.”
We offer lots of healthy spa retreats such as boot camps and fitness retreats. These retreats will monitor your health, help you eat the right foods and get you to try a range of activities to help you improve your wellbeing and help shed those pounds.
This fun activity allows you to exercise both the body and the mind as you navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map.
There are lots of competitive orienteering challenges across the UK that you and your friends can take part in as you compete against other teams to try and complete the course in the quickest time.
We think one great aspect about orienteering is the fact that it really doesn’t matter on your level of fitness. Orienteering is reliant on other skills than just the physical and this allows you to walk and take it at your own pace or run and try to complete the course as the fastest team.
You can go orienteering anywhere; from the countryside and remote forests, to busier urban areas. You can find out where you can go orienteering on the British Orienteering website.
Another activity that you can do to improve your happiness is to volunteer as by helping others and doing things that you feel really matter will have a positive impact on you.
Why not become a national treasure and volunteer for the National Trust to help conserve the environment and the UK’s heritage?
You could volunteer at a Red Cross Shop, help out at a shop for a local charity or support those who are in need in your community. This will help you learn new skills and make new friends.
If you have always wanted to be like Ray Mears this is your chance to live like him for an afternoon as there are courses designed to teach you how to live in the wilderness.
Survival School can help you to learn about eating edible plants and how to build a shelter, but the main positive is the fact that you can take yourself away from your phone, the TV and other distractions so you can really enjoy yourself and look at the natural world like never before.