4 Tips to Take Care of YourselfPosted by Guillaume Bourque on
We know how difficult it can be (in today’s world) to take some time for our own wellbeing. Whether it’s the job, school, or family, there is often (if not always) some external source that disturbs our mental and physical health. There is, indeed, plenty of external factors that can lead us to feel stressed out and overwhelmed.
But if we’re also completely honest with ourselves we, sometimes, deliberately choose to stress out about things we can’t even control. Simply because we are used to living in a competitive society, constantly trying to reach the highest level and delivering our best projects all the time (no matter the cost to our mind and body).
But how can you reach this level and bring the best out of your projects if you don’t take your well-being seriously? Because at the end of the day, who else is going to carry the projects you care for other than you?
Therefore, we wanted to share with you some of the few tricks to help us maximize our well-being as much as possible. Maybe these tips will be obvious. Maybe not. But nonetheless, we’re pretty sure that these small tricks can have a positive impact on our general health and well-being. And that’s why we think they’re still worth sharing.
Tip #1 | Learn to embrace silence
it’s easy to fall into the pattern of associating silence with mental health only. Indeed, staying still in silence could have a tremendous impact on our general mental state, as it allows us to relax and free our minds (we all experienced this benefit at least once, right?). But surprisingly, it can also have a direct and positive impact on our body too.
According to recent studies, taking time in silence can have a significant impact on our body, as it helps lowering blood pressure, reduce muscle tension, and restores our nervous system (Sullivan, 2020). Silence is also a key component in sustaining our energy level, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which we evolve (Harvard Business Review, 2017). In other words, silence helps your body to feel more at ease and also helps us to be sharper.
Tip #2 | Practice mindfulness
This second tip is used around the world by millions of people, and it is also one of the oldest human practices on earth. Meditation has been used for thousands of years by several communities around the globe. But in the last two decades, psychological interventions derived from mindfulness meditation practices have been increasingly used in western societies to treat a variety of stress, pain and anxiety-related conditions (Hofmann et al., 2010).
The Mayo Clinic, a well-known non-profit medical center based in the United States, mentions that practicing meditation can give you a sense of calm, inner peace, and balance that can benefit our emotional well-being and overall health. It is also a great way to relax and cope with stress by refocusing your attention on something calming (Mayo Clinic, 2022).
Mindfulness is also a great tool that can help us regulate our emotions and mood. According to Krygier & al, “techniques associated with mindfulness, such as quieting the mind and exercising self-control can have a profound influence on the mind and body and show promise as an alternative tool to regulate emotions”. (Krygier & al, 2013). So, whenever we feel overwhelmed and stressed out, let’s give mindfulness a try. It is surprising how being attentive and aware of the present moment can have a positive impact on our well-being.
Tip #3 | Reconnect with nature
We won’t stress enough how impactful nature can be on our well-being. As we talked about in a previous blog post, nature has a key role in both mental and physical health. How? Simply because it can help us reduce stress, regulate blood pressure levels, and improve our overall sleep quality and focus. It’s no coincidence that forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku, has such a huge importance in Japanese culture and it is one of the most important hobbies in Japan.
Tip #4 | Take care of your gut
We all know the old adage “You are what you eat”. And of course, we all know how important nutrition is to our overall physical health. But surprisingly, nutrition can also have an impact on our minds, and not only on our physical state.
Indeed, scientists now demonstrate that our gut is intimately connected with our brain and mood. According to the American Psychological Association, gut bacteria produce several neurochemicals that the brain uses for the regulation of physiological and mental processes, including mood. Evidence also supports that 95% of the body’s supply of Serotonin, a mood stabilizer, is actually produced by gut bacteria (Sutter Health Organisation, 2022). Surprising, isn’t it?
So, what kind of food should we choose, and which ones should we avoid? Well, according to Sutter Health Organisation, (a non-profit organization based in California) they are three major “Brain Food” that we should focus on and include in our diet. The first one is the complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes, which have more nutritional value than other carbs. The second one is lean proteins, found mainly in chicken, fish, soybean nuts, and hemp. These Lean proteins give energy to your body and your brain to think and react more quickly. Lastly, fatty acids found in nuts, fish, and flaxseeds also play a significant role in keeping your nervous system healthy.
It’s no coincidence that processed food didn’t make the cut. In fact, processed foods can often lead to inflammation throughout the body and brain, which can ultimately contribute to mood disorders, including anxiety and depression (Sutter Health, 2022). This is why we only work with 100% natural ingredients for our natural and completely vegan energy bars, as we want to support the well-being of our beloved customers.
We all know how important our well-being is. But we’re also guilty of putting it last when it comes to work, school, or any other external factors. So, let’s try to balance our lives a little bit more. Let’s try to listen a little bit more to our body and mind. Because as mentioned earlier, shouldn't we be in the best mental and physical state possible in order to deliver and achieve the highest standard possible?