When was the last time you checked in on your own wellness?
The past two years have been tough for all of us. Stress levels are at an all-time high, and there are ongoing threats to our overall health.
Ask yourself - how often do I feel good these days? Regular check-ins with different areas of your wellness help you to keep an eye on your overall well being and maintain your quality of life.
Your physical health
How often have you been laid up with a cough, cold, or flu in the last six months? Consider the number of sick days you’ve had to take. If it seems like you’re getting sick every few weeks, it may be time to reassess your health.
First, think about your diet. Are you getting the right nutrients each day? Your meals should comprise a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats.
Think leafy greens like spinach and kale, and brightly-coloured fruits like berries, tomatoes, and grapes.
Your mental health
Mental wellbeing plays an enormous role in everyday life. We all have days when we feel low or stressed. Usually, these feelings pass after a good night’s sleep or a chat with a friend. But if you find yourself constantly feeling sad, anxious, or worried about the future, it could be a sign of a deeper problem.
Check in on your sleep patterns, too. Do you find it difficult to nod off each night, or are often waking up between the hours of 2-3 am and unable to get back to sleep? This can happen for several reasons - severe stress, or an underlying health problem, or a deficiency in magnesium or melatonin. Waking up during the night is also more common as you get older.
Sleep is a huge factor in your mental health - and your physical health, too! Set yourself a regular bedtime, and make sure that your bedroom is comfortable and free from distractions. Try to avoid electronic devices in the hour before you go to bed, as these can be stimulating. Try sipping chamomile tea in the evenings to help your brain wind down.
If you’re often anxious or stressed, it may be worth trying a magnesium supplement. Magnesium is essential for helping both your brain and muscles relax, and it can be especially helpful for improving sleep patterns.
Your activity levels
How often do you get active? Every day? A few times a week? Never?
Exercise is one of the best ways to keep on top of your physical AND mental health. If you’re more of a couch potato than a gym bunny, it’s time to ask yourself why. Do you lack the energy? Or just the motivation? Perhaps a bit of both?
Of course, not everybody enjoys working out. But there are lots of ways to keep active without lifting weights or pounding pavement. Perhaps you can walk or cycle to work instead of driving, or take the stairs instead of the lift. Mowing the lawns, vacuuming the house, and even gardening all count as exercise.
The great thing about being active every day is that it will actually boost your energy levels! But if you’re having trouble getting motivated - or you find that your joints and muscles are a little stiff and sore - some antioxidant support can help. Try AstaSupreme Advanced Mobility Support. This powerful combination of Astaxanthin, Curcumin, and Omega 3 is designed to reduce inflammation and improve recovery after exercise, so you feel less sore and more mobile.
Your job satisfaction
Your job can have an enormous impact on your life. For most of us, it’s what we do five days a week - so being happy at work matters.
A little work-life balance can go a long way. If you’re constantly having to work overtime, or your work affects your home life, perhaps it’s time to take a step back. What matters more to you?
If you struggle to enjoy your job in general, ask yourself why. Is it the work itself, or the environment? Do you find it difficult to get along with your work colleagues?
Your overall happiness
Look back on the past few months and think about how many ‘happy’ days you’ve had in comparison to ‘unhappy’ days. Which do you have more of?
If your unhappy days are crowding out the happy ones, ask yourself why. Be honest! And if you’re not sure, it’s a good idea to talk to someone you trust.
Understanding what makes you happy is key to making changes that will benefit your whole life.
Want to get more wellness days into your life? A good place to start is with your diet!. Your brain and body can only function properly when they’re being supplied with the right nutrients.
Along with a healthy diet, make sure you’re getting plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to reduce the oxidative stress we’re exposed to every day through pollution, UV rays, stress, and the chemicals in processed foods. This oxidative stress can affect your physical health by damaging your body’s cells and impairing their ability to function properly.
If your busy life sometimes gets in the way of eating well, you can still top up your antioxidant intake with Astaxanthin, the world’s most powerful antioxidant. Asta Supreme has a range for every age and stage. Choose from everyday antioxidant protection to specific formulas designed to improve mobility, enhance brain function, support your vision, or maintain heart health. It’s the easy way to add a little wellness to your life!