“One day can change the rest of your life!”
This is the inspiring mission behind Global Wellness Day that was initiated in 2012 in Turkey, a day dedicated to living well. Now, Global Wellness Day is celebrated globally on the second Saturday of June, it falls on the 10th this year.
Do you believe that one day could really change the rest of your life?
Let’s start by looking at the LEAN pillars of wellness, Lifestyle Exercise Attitude and Nutrition:
Lifestyle –How we live, this means healthy living without smoking, excessive alcohol, or other unhealthy substances. It also relates to prioritizing what is important to us, and reducing the things that take away from the life we would like to create.
Exercise – How we move, it is recommended that we get 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, or 75 minutes of intense activity. For most people, that can look like 30-minute brisk walk 5 days, or two 20-minute HIIT workouts in the week along with 3 days of brisk walking or hiking. Of course, the options are endless, and you might want to try something new to activate new muscles like swimming, pickleball, yoga, boxing, and the list goes on. Exercise stimulates brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which associated with cognitive improvement and the alleviation of depression and anxiety.
Attitude – How we think, focusing on the positive. Techniques that can help with emotional wellbeing include mindfulness, stress management, and strategically subtracting stressors that are not enhancing our life. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can reduce stress and anxiety and improve our mental health.
Nutrition – How we eat, a plant strong, right fat diet. Like Michael Pollan says in his book, Food Rules; Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. Eating a balanced diet can improve our mood, boost our energy levels, and help us maintain a healthy weight. Consider preparing your own food since cooking at home also stimulates the creative centers in our brain and boost confidence. Check out some simple recipes here
The idea behind Global Wellness Day is to raise awareness about the importance of living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. After all, the day encourages people to take a break from their busy lives and focus on their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. It is a reminder that we all need to take care of ourselves if we want to live a happy and fulfilling life.
What might be the first step in your personal wellbeing that would make an impact for you?
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