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Developing Resilience? – Take a Well-Being Check

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Wellness in relation to developing resilience is about holistic well-being, looking after body, mind and spirit. So stop for a minute and do a quick well-being check in.

How much sleep do you get?

Sleep is important for your mental and physical well-being. It gives the brain time to process and store and the body time to repair. We need 7 to 8 hours a night, naps help if we don’t manage that but they cant make up for the quality sleep our body needs.

Do you get 150 mins of exercise a week?

This is the current NHS recommendations (2016). I am not a big fan of most forms of exercise so firstly I would suggest find the exercise that works for. Secondly don’t forget to be active in your life in general. If you sit at a desk all day take time to get up and move on a regular basis. Remember that gardening and housework can be as strenuous as going to the gym is. Why not get off one stop early to work and walk a little more every day. Every bit counts.

Do you drink enough water?

If we are even 2% dehydrated our minds and bodies function less effectively so make sure you drink enough water every day, you will feel the benefit. You should be drinking 2 litres of water a day, the closer to H20 the better !

How much pre prepared/junk food do you eat?

The more you know about what is in the food you eat the more you can ensure it is the best food for you. I am not one for “fads” but I have recently experimented with reducing the amount of sugar in my life. I haven’t had a Haribo or a piece of chocolate for since the start of the year. Good news is I don’t miss it and the energy dips I have had in the past have disappeared. So make your own and feel the benefits.

On a scale of 1 – 10 how stressed are you at the moment?

Stress is our perceived ability to cope in any situation. As it is something that is actually under our control it is important that you have your own coping mechanisms to ensure that even when you feel under pressure you still have the mental and physical ability to do your best.

Do you find time to quiet your mind on a regular basis?

The practice of Mindfulness enables us to focus on the here and Now rather than allowing our mind to dart backwards and forwards. Studies have shown that by creating time to be mindful on a daily basis the logical thinking part of our brain improves and the part of our brain which stimulates the fight or flight reaction becomes smaller. A great state to be in when developing resilience.

This isn’t a preachy blog about what you must do to be healthier. Think of this well-being check as a reminder of what we all know. That caring for bodies and our minds is important. So take time to introduce some better practices in your life and boost your Resilience at every level.

Power Up

Limitless for Life uses the Power Up model for building your resilience. We give you the tools and tricks to successfully focus on the 7 key elements of resilience building :

Perspective
Optimism
Wellness
Expression
Relationships
Understanding
Purpose

For more information about building resilience go to the Limitless for Life website, contact Alison Burgess on 07931 556 167 or click here to follow on twitter.

 

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