To get the best from life apply these 6 wellbeing tips;

  1. Have purpose – know what you stand for and let it guide you on your journey
  2. Keep Active – being physically fit reduces risks and gives us more agility to do things. That doesn’t mean do an Ironman Triathlon, just 20 minutes of light exercise a day can make a real difference. Try going for a walk at lunchtime (take a lunch!), yoga, get a stand-up desk or have a stand-up meeting, cycle to work or go for a jog in the morning. This is the wellbeing silver bullet!
  3. Diet – The old saying you are what you eat is true, avoid too many carbs and too much saturated fat. Try to reduce your amount of processed animal fats. A few good fats like nuts, seeds and avocado are great, but not too much. Nuts are also good for the brain. The other old saying, eat like a king for breakfast, a queen for lunch and a pauper for dinner is great advice. Eat everything in moderation. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants after lunch, they are liable to disrupt your sleep.
  4. Live in the moment, we spend our lives rushing through focussed on the past and the future, we don’t take enough time to live in the moment and enjoy just being. Practice Mindfulness, it really is scientifically proven to help and can take as little as 10 minutes a day. If you don’t like the idea of sitting and meditating (it’s not for everyone), try listening to Classical music on your commute in or reading a trashy novel or yoga again.
  5. Avoid distractions – Our phones and tables go everywhere with us, try turning them off some times, take a 2 week Facebook / Twitter holiday, and definitely have some time in the evening without the devices. Try journaling about your day before bed, this helps put thoughts to bed and helps you understand if you have lived in the moment.
  6. Don’t take life too seriously – Try to have fun, laughter is scientifically proven to be good for our well-being and more likely to create positive experience and memories when smiling than frowning. There are strong links to laughter and a healthy heart.

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