This is part 1 of our series: Health & Wellbeing
Key health and wellbeing components of resilience are:
At the end of this series, there is a health and wellbeing journal. For 5 days use it to log your movement, nutrition and sleep. Notice how you feel each day and take notes. See how you feel after 5 days – has there been an improvement in your mental and physical energy?
Movement is essential in managing stress.
Before the pandemic, research suggested that many adults spent more than 7 hours a day sitting down, at work, on transport or in their leisure time. For some, increased working from home has encouraged more movement.
Exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Do you find that some days you haven’t moved from your desk?
Lack of movement affects our energy levels. If we don’t move, we don’t create energy. So, it stands to reason that the more we move, the more energy we create.
‘Movement Creates Energy, Energy Affects the Way You Feel’ Tony Robbins
For many the work commute has gone or has been reduced by hybrid working; so work and home boundaries overlap and it’s little wonder that many of us are feeling more sedentary. Whatever your situation, it can be all too easy when you’re busy, to stay sitting too long and not move enough.
Start Your Day with Movement
Whether you head straight to your laptop in the morning or must organise other family members first, for 5 days in a row start your day with movement. Prioritise movement; a morning walk, yoga or online workout.
Even just 10 minutes will make a difference!
Remember to use the health and wellbeing journal to capture your notes.