The official definition of well-being reads, “the state of being happy, healthy, or prosperous.” Though many would agree with this, the extent of the term well-being means different things to different people. 2020 has been a challenging year, with more than its fair share of sucker punches. Despite how different our views may be, we are united because far too many of us see a decline in our well-being during this unprecedented year. Mercifully, by targeting two of the main factors that go into achieving well-being, we can all experience it again and use those tools now and in the future.
Managing Stress Realistically
Under normal circumstances, our stress response allows us to act quickly in dangerous situations. Our bodies are made to handle this response over short periods, not constantly like many of us are experiencing now. Over time, chronic stress becomes harmful to your body, with serious long-term consequences. Learning how to manage it is imperative. Below are a few realistic ways that can help you can reduce stress in your life. If one doesn’t work, try another until you find which strategies work best for you and your routine.
- Stay Active– Any form of exercise helps. Pick one that you know you will stick to.
- Spiritual– Connect with yourself and others through prayer, meditation, or other forms of spirituality.
- Green Spaces– Reconnect with nature and other green spaces.
- Emotional Wellness– Learn relaxation techniques, how to reframe your thoughts, or go to therapy to help learn useful coping mechanisms when stress hits.
- Nutrition– Key nutrients may play a role in maintaining energy levels and reducing the risk of mental health issues. However, it’s not always easy to eat well. Focus on your diet and add foods and/or supplements rich with B vitamins, magnesium, amino acids, and probiotics to help keep up with your mental health needs.
Get Better Sleep, Without the Sheep
Sleep hygiene is similar to dental hygiene and is centered around creating sleep routines to promote more restful sleep patterns. Insomnia is no fun, not to mention the toll it takes on your body, which is why sleep is a top factor in achieving well-being. The Sleep Foundation recommends crafting your pre-bed routine if you have a hard time falling asleep.
Your routine should include disconnecting from devices, winding down at least 30 minutes before bedtime, and lowering the lights. Limiting caffeine and alcohol during the day, avoiding late meals, and not smoking can improve sleep. Get more ideas on how to improve your sleep hygiene on The Sleep Foundation website.
Arnold Palmer said, “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” Achieving a state of well-being may look impossible from the outside. However, with some patience and perseverance, it can become your reality. Even small steps can make a big difference.
There is still so much to learn about other ways we can achieve well-being outside of lifestyle changes. Research studies and the volunteers who participate in them are the keys to finding potential new options for managing stress and helping us sleep better. South Broward Research is conducting a study that utilizes a combination of amino acids to promote well-being, reduce stress, and help with better sleep. To learn more, call (954) 433-5867.