As humans, sometimes we are so busy thinking about the next thing on our to do list that we often forget to prioritize wellness – not just our physical wellness, but the mental, community, social, and spiritual domains of wellness as well. Neglecting these domains can take a toll on our quality of life and overall health. So, what can you do to improve your overall wellness? Here are some ideas to get you started:
One of the more commonly considered areas of wellness is physical wellness. The first thing that may come to mind when you think of physical wellness is physical activity. Thankfully, we live in a beautiful county with a vast number of trails to explore by walking, jogging, or biking. Our local parks and recreation offices offer a variety of physical wellness activities and events, so stop by or look them up online to learn more. Sleep is another important part of our physical wellness. We often use screens before bed, but what may seem like a harmless habit can, in actuality, negatively impact your sleep. Consider avoiding screens at least one hour before bedtime and try reading a book, taking a bath, or doing some other type of relaxing activity instead. A diet full of fruits and vegetables is also essential for optimal physical wellness. Challenge yourself to try a new recipe every week that includes at least one fruit or vegetable. Need some inspiration? Check out MyPlate for some easy, low-cost recipes.
How we think, feel, and act determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices about our overall well-being. Practicing self-care and promoting mental health can look different for everyone. Maybe it’s taking a bath, spending time with your pet, calling a friend, connecting with nature, or simply taking a deep breath. Mental health challenges are common and real, and help is available, though sometimes it is hard to find. If you are struggling with a mental health issue, know that you are not alone. Being clear and honest about your needs and asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness – we all go through challenges and need help every now and then!
The Skagit Valley is a magical place that offers so many unforgettable experiences! Yet with everything at our fingertips on our mobile devices – it’s easy to miss opportunities to go outside and explore new places or attend community events. Need some ideas? Check out www.visitskagitvalley.com for all kinds of events, things to do, places to explore, and so much more!
Did you know that the Surgeon General just released a report on the epidemic of loneliness and isolation? In a time when we are more connected than ever before through virtual means, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Human connectedness is essential for healthy well-being. Social wellness involves building healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships and developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. It can be as simple as going on a walk in the park with a family member, sharing a meal together, or going to the movies with a friend. Instead of sending a text, try to video chat or call someone you’ve been thinking about, and make plans to see each other in person if you can. Want to learn something new? Join a group focused on a hobby like reading or painting and make friends with similar interests.
Spiritual wellness can look different for everyone. The goal of improving our spiritual wellness is to become more in tune with our surroundings and our inner creativity. It may or may not involve religious activities; it could involve going out in nature, learning a new skill, practicing yoga, connecting with a faith community, or volunteering. Focusing on your spiritual wellness may help you expand your sense of purpose in life and understand the values and beliefs that guide your actions.
Participate in the Wellness Challenge
Are you ready to focus on your overall well-being but feel like you may need more guidance and ideas? Check out our Skagit Wellness Challenge for many ideas on how to improve your wellness. If you choose to participate, you will be entered to win a prize and may even end up finding new hobbies or meeting new people in the community!
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