There are plenty of things we all know are great for our Mental Health – things widely acknowledged as positive such as:
And these are all things that are a regular part of our Wellbeing and Pastoral Care programs, and are reflected in the five daily habits of the Wellbeing Hive.
But the more we delve into the wellbeing space, the more and more we discover surprising things that can actually be very good for you. Here are just five for you to consider today.
Breathing Through Your Nose
I recently started reading James Nestor’s Breath, and have been unable to put it down. The book is all about how learning to breathe properly can assist with so many ailments and issues. One of his initial messages in the book is to train yourself to breathe more often through your nose, which is the healthiest and best way to bring oxygen into your body. He even proves the negative impact on his body by plugging up his nose for just ten days with some astonishing results.
Nestor also believes we breathe too much and can train ourselves to breathe more efficiently.
I haven’t even finished the book yet (so stay tuned for more) but if it sounds interesting, check out this book review video here.
Get Out Into Nature (and Sunlight)
One of my biggest takeaways from lockdown is the power of nature to help us find balance. You can read more about this here. No matter how hemmed in I felt, or stressed or irritated with those times, a walk in the sunshine, amidst trees, water, birds and so on was incredibly healing. I was very lucky in lockdown to find many green spaces in my 5km, and then 25 km radius – and now I will be very conscious of how much green space is around any place I live, and make more time to get out there, either when feeling stressed, or to prevent feelings of stress.
Consider Your Transitions
How do you move from one space to another? From work to home? From home to school? This is especially pertinent right now as many of us are working from home – meaning that one space literally contains all these different roles. To approach each new situation with a fresh perspective we have to actively transition from one space to another. Dr Adam Fraser calls this The Third Space – the place between places. He explains his simple ideas about the need to reflect, rest and reset here.
We are exploring this idea this week in our Pastoral Care Program in Transitions Week – where we try five new ways to start our day to see what our best pathways into learning are. What helps us best reflect, rest and reset?
Be Kind to Others
When we feel overwhelmed, we often shut ourselves down to others feeling that taking on anything else is too much at the time. But showing kindness to others is not only a beautiful thing for them, but actively improves our own wellbeing. We tap into the best parts of ourselves whilst thinking of others, and give ourselves opportunities to be proud of ourselves and what we have achieved. Read more in this Wellbeing Hive Article.
Let Yourself Be Bored
Why are we so afraid to be alone with our thoughts?
Now this might seem like a shocking question – but how long has it been since you sat quietly without watching TV? Scrolling through a phone, searching social media? The age of quiet is long gone – now is the age of FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out.
Quiet helps us embrace mindfulness and balance – if we allow it into our lives. This recent Wellbeing Hive Article looks at the benefits of quiet and how to create more.
In addition, your most creative ideas usually occur when you are at peace, reflecting and introspective. Manoush Zomorodi wrote a whole book on the concept – which she discovered after giving birth to a baby who would only sleep whilst being walked in the pram. It’s a compelling story and her book Bored and Brilliant is an interesting read – and her Ted Talk is incredible. You can view a short snippet here to see if it is of interest to you.
So why not promise yourself to explore one of these new ideas this week? Do you have any other insight into surprising things that enhance your wellbeing?
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