5 Steps to Positive Wellbeing During COVID-19



5 steps to positive mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being during COVID-19. With the current situation, we are all facing it’s understandable that we are all going to be challenged mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. That’s why it’s important to attend to these 4 areas to promote positive well-being. But attending to them doesn’t have to be difficult, strenuous, or complicated, in fact, it can be done through 5 simple steps. But why do you need to do this? Well, our ability to function and cope with daily challenges requires us to have a healthy dose of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Additionally, these 4 natures need to receive equal amounts of attention. Think of them as the 4 pillars holding yourself up, a foundation if you will. If you were to only invest time, resources, and energy into 2 or 3 of these pillars then you have an uneven foundation in which you are trying to build yourself upon. Attending to our 4 well-being natures is vitally important and something only we can do. With that being said let’s get into these 5 simple, easy, and effective ways you can show your 4 well-being natures the attention and love they crave and deserve. 1. Have routine Whilst we can’t control people, places, or things we can control what we do. Creating patterns of healthy and positive behaviours such as eating healthy food, exercising, self-care, or going to bed and waking up at the same time can provide you with certainty in this time of uncertainty. 2. Eat healthily and move Have you ever heard the stomach referred to as the second brain? What we place in our stomach (fuel) impacts every other part of the body even our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Both nutritious food and physical movement can ensure that your body has what it needs to function to its best. 3. Stay connected Stay connected with friends and family via phone calls, video calls, social media, heck even host a Zoom conference meeting with extended family. Share with others how your traveling including what feelings you’ve been experiencing during this time, you may just find others have been feeling similar emotions. It’s important to have a sense of connection and belonging to help promote emotional well-being. 4. Stimulate the mind Did you know that the brain has the ability to create and rebuild neural pathways? How? Through mental stimulation. Learning new skills, reading books, playing games such as sudoku and problem solving have all been proven to show improvements in brain functioning particularly in the frontal lobe which is responsible for planning, emotional expression, memory, language, and problem-solving. So read a good book, enroll in a course, or get out a puzzle book and strengthen that brain. 5. Be mindful Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s attention on their current senses such as what they can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. What this does is takes our mind away from past and future thoughts that may be distressing and directs it to the present moment. Many studies have shown that this can reduce issues including anxiety and depression. Simply sit still, with no distractions, and focus on your surroundings, counting 5 things that you can see, 5 things you can hear, and so on.

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