In this week’s blog, WF reader ambassador Bec Tippett explains why looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

“Achieving optimal health and wellbeing means looking after your mental, physical and social health. Health seems to be more easily defined and associated with just your current physical state rather than looking at all components. Mental health plays such a vital role in wellbeing. So, how do we look after our mental wellbeing on a daily basis?

You guessed it… exercise!
Looking after your mental health is equally, if not more important as looking after your physical health. But there is a correlation. Exercising releases endorphins, making us feel happier, think clearer and feel more positive. At the time, the last thing you may want to do is move off the couch out of your comfy clothes, but you need push yourself – you’re guaranteed (there are proven studies) to feel better!

Pamper yourself
Always make time for yourself on a daily basis. There are times where you may feel sluggish, completely unmotivated and emotional, and that’s completely normal. Go and get a manicure, fill up a bath (with bath bombs, of course!), or play some uplifting music. There are plenty of things you can do to treat yourself, and everyone is so different so what works for you might not work for someone else. Find your positive, healthy outlet and use it.

Call a friend or family member
I live in another state to all my family and life-long friends and it absolutely sucks that I can’t just get in the car and see them. But,thanks to technology, I can also see their face if I really want. I know they’re only a phone call away. You feel better when you reach out and have a laugh and talk about memories.

Spend time with animals
Whenever I’m feeling down, I take my dog for a walk to the park or the beach. Sometimes having a break from everyone and making your pet happy is more than enough to shift your mood.

Nourish yourself
Make a delicious (and nutritious) meal that will satisfy any cravings you may have or go out and treat yourself. What you put in your mouth affects the way you feel, so when you’re down, avoid filling your body with junk that you will regret later. If you need inspiration, there’s plenty around, just scroll through Insta, Pinterest or chat to your mum!”

Check out Bec’s last blog here.

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