6 Simple Ways to Boost Wellbeing in 10 minutes or less…

It comes as no surprise that lack of time is the reason that many of us don’t create more space in our lives for health and wellness. Not is todays fast paced world exhausting at times but additional roles and commitments often mean that our own needs are left neglected. At first this seems without any real consequence but over time you’ll find yourself feeling more emotional, tired and with a niggling sense of disconnection. 

I understand how that feels. There have been many times in my life when I’ve completely neglected myself and looking back, time was never really the issue - just an easy place to lay the blame - but that’s another conversation all together. 

But, it’s not as difficult to change as you might think because taking even a small step in the right direction can help to boost your wellbeing and make a world of difference to how you feel. My own journey started with just 2 minutes of meditation a day and it was all I needed to start taking a more conscious approach to taking care of myself. 

Do you think that you could find a few minutes every day for yourself? Whether that’s 2 minutes or even 10 there’s something in the list below that can fit into your day. I’ve even included a couple of tips that don’t really take any extra time at all.

Walk 
Walking is the easiest and most underrated form of exercise, it boosts our health, fitness and even helps us sleep better. It’s so simple to fit into your day; whether that’s parking a bit further away from your place of work, taking a short walk at lunch-time or a wander with the dog at the end of the day. Most of us can manage a few extra minutes. It’s said that just 10 minutes is enough can boost your metabolism, increase mindfulness, lower blood pressure and get those happy hormones flowing.

Meditate 
This is where my own journey began because I’d been interested in meditation since my teens and yet had never really created a regular practice. It cultivates stillness and a sense of peace like nothing else. The health benefits have been studied and among many things they include lower stress levels, less anxiety and increased focus...all things that most of us need. 


But did you know that it can help even if you only have a couple of minutes to spare? That’s how I started, with 2 minutes every night before bed. I committed to that for 30 days and slowly increased the time I sat for. I’m happy to say that was all i needed to start a regular practice and I meditated every day since. 

It’s surprising how much of a difference a few minutes can make. Try it yourself by using a short guided meditation or by simply sitting for a while and taking a few deep breaths in and out through your nose.  

 

Music 
Now this doesn’t even take any extra time. We all know the power tht music has on our mood…your favourite playlist can put a smile on your face in minutes, right? As well as boosting our mood, music has been shown to  music has been shown to lower our stress levels and in turn increase our sense of wellbeing. So, take some extra time to listen to your favourite playlist or create a new one of feel good songs - I’m listening to mine right now and I don’t mind admitting that it’s full of 90’s music!    

Laugh

When it comes to boosting our health and wellness the benefits of laughter are endless; it lowers our stress hormones while boosting the ones that support our health gives us a short break from our worries, boosts our immune system and strengthens our connection to other people.

But, how do we find more laughter in our day? Spend a few minutes chatting with the funniest person  you know,  watch a short clip of your favourite comedian, learn to laugh at yourself more...you have to admit that things we do are pretty funny!  

And, even though I’m usually an advocate for spending less time on your phone, there are some seriously funny people out there - be sure to follow a few so that when you do inevitably scroll it creates laughter and positivity.  

Journal

Not only does writing a journal help us to slow down and process what we are feeling but it also helps us to express ourselves, something that so many of us find challenging. It might be something that you’ve not done for a while but seeing your thoughts on paper can be helpful for gaining perspective and freedom from the worries and fears that we feel are holding us back.    

Eat Well  

Making a different choice and enjoying food that nourishes your body rather than causing a sluggish mood or sugar crash within an hour or two of eating takes no time at all. It could be as simple as switching what you eat for lunch or always having fruit on hand so that when you need to snack you have a healthy option available. What we eat has an impact on our mind and body and is one of the easiest places to get started if you’re ready to start taking better care of yourself this year. 


So, I hope that you enjoyed these few ideas on how to boost your health and wellness in 10 minutes or less. Are you ready to get started? It’s time to stop putting off taking better care of yourself. Starting small and being consistent gives you a much higher chance of success.

AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN

Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.


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