• Amy Willoughby

14 ways to boost your sense of well-being

1. Gratitude

What we focus on grows, there's always something to be grateful for.

Gratitude helps to instill a sense of abundance, it's a fantastic tool for building resilience through difficult times, amazing for uplifting our state of mind, creating connection and general feeling of wellbeing.

2. Breathe

The power focused deep breathing is often underestimated, when we are in a state of overwhelm we can often shallow breath.

Controlled deep breathing can help calm our brain, bring us back in to the present moment and engages our parasympathetic nervous system which can counteract our "flight or fight" response.

Studies have also found it can lower blood pressure, heart rate, increase our immune response and boost our memory power.

3. Nature

We can find our true nature in nature.

Not only does getting outdoors have multiple mental health benefits, have a restorative quality, relieve stress and serve as a natural antidepressant, but we can also learn so much through observing nature. Nothing in nature is rushed, there is enough time for everything to evolve and grow through all seasons.

Nature can teach us that there is the perfect time to let go and the perfect time to bloom.

4. Essential Oils Essential oils are the perfect companion when it comes to our health, and wellbeing. There is an oil to support all ailments and emotions. If you're wanting to indulge your senses and perhaps uplift your home or work environment, try defusing Wild Orange, Peppermint or Lemon. Or create your own roller blend to pop in your bag as the perfect travel companion on the go.

5. Colour It has been said colour can influence our mood, emotions and behaviour. Adding a little colour to our day to help uplift, inspire and create a sense of happiness. Yellow is often associated with clarity, optimism and joy. Find a colour that helps lift your spirits, include it in your accessories and colour your world happy.

6. Hug a loved one Hugging can increase our levels of oxytocin, also known as the love hormone. It has also been found to help reduce heart rate and blood pressure. One study found a 10-second hug can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in the body, which included lower risk of heart disease, boost in immunity, reduced fatigue and ease of depression. Hugging also lowers our stress levels and stress hormones, like cortisol. A multitude of health benefits.

7. Happiness Anchors Create a happiness anchor, an item, object, favourite quote, picture that invokes a sense of joy when you look at it. Pop it where you will see it daily as a reminder of what happiness means to you, because in reality its different for each of us. Tap into what it means to you.

8. Move Move in a way that feels good to you- Walk, run, dance, stretch, celebrate and honour your body. Movement can act as a great pattern interruptor when we're stuck in stagnant energy or procrastination. Create momentum through movement and shake it all out.

9. Journal Take a moment to download, I believe this is where we can allow our subconscious to talk. Often we can't see the wood for the trees when we're in it. I often suggest to my clients to set a 10 minute timer and let the pen talk to the paper, it's amazing how much clarity can be created through this practice. 10. Music When all else fails we always have music, music has the ability to shift our mood and emotions. Pop on your favourite song, research has shown when you listen to music you like your brain releases dopamine, a "feel-good" neurotransmitter, instilling feelings of happiness, excitement and joy. The perfect way to boost our emotional state.

11. Disconnect to reconnect

Take a break from social media and take time to reconnect with those real life relationships.

So often we’re exposed to the highlight reels on social media, real life connections is where it’s at.

Feed the soul through in person connection.

Phone a friend, lean on your support networks and connect with your tribe face to face.

Get out from behind those screens.

12. Self talk

Create consciousness around the way you’re speaking to yourself.

Speak kind words, change the story, talk to yourself as you would a good friend.

Find a positive mantra or affirmation to install when aware of any negative self talk or limiting beliefs.

Create a new language of loving thoughts, be kind to yourself, ripple it out into the world around you.

13. Be you

Quit comparing yourself, define success and happiness for yourself.

Understand your unique value and what you bring to the table.

Happiness often means following your own heart and doing what brings you joy as an individual.

Nurture your needs, be true to you and lean into love.

14. Trust your intuition

If it doesn’t feel right, it’s normally not.

Trust your feelings to guide you to alignment.

Let’s the no’s lead you to your yes’s and to your true happiness.

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