8 Ways To Celebrate National Wellness Month 2023
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August is National Wellness Month, a month-long event which is dedicated to prioritising self-care, dialling down the stress, and promoting healthy daily routines.
There’s no better time of year to focus on taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally than this month.
Even adopting small changes can really make a big difference to your life.
Stick with us to discover 8 ways to celebrate National Wellness Month and take time to focus on yourself.
We’ve got you covered!
1. Prioritise Self-Care
Amid the hustle and bustle of a hectic student life where studying and socialising take priority, we know that it can be easy to neglect self-care.
However, National Wellness Month is the ideal time to put yourself first and give yourself some much needed TLC so be sure to do so.
Whether it’s running a bubble bath, watching your favourite films, going for a walk, curling up with your favourite book, focus on activities that make you happy and relaxed.
It doesn’t matter what it is, we all have our own definition of self-care, but it’s the key to ensuring both your physical and emotional needs are met.
2. Get Moving
Looking for ways to get involved with National Wellness Month? Regular exercise is a great way to preserve your physical and mental health.
No matter if it’s a run around the park, trying out a new workout class, heading out for a walk or working out in your student apartment, keeping active is the ultimate mood booster.
Not only does exercise benefit your physical health, but it also releases endorphins that boost your mood and improve your mental wellbeing – it’s a win, win!
3. Unplug and Disconnect
In this day and age where we’re surrounded by technology and social media, this constant connectivity can lead to stress and burnout.
This National Wellness Month, prioritise taking breaks from your screens and technology to recharge your batteries as it will do the world of good.
To help you, you can allocate time each day to unplug, whether it’s for a digital detox, a relaxing walk, or even just having some quiet reflection time.
Do you struggle with unplugging? It can be difficult to stop scrolling on TikTok or checking your Instagram likes, but setting screen time limits can help.
You’ll see how amazing it feels to disconnect from the virtual world and reconnect with real life!
4. Keep A Journal
Do you have lots of thoughts swirling around in your head? Well, grab a journal and write them down.
Journaling is like having a conversation with yourself on paper as you’re able to jot down your worries, celebrate your wins, and set some goals.
We’re sure you’ll be surprised how therapeutic it is to let your thoughts flow freely.
If you don’t have a journal, you can use the notes folder on your phone.
Start off journaling for National Wellness Month, and you never know, you might just develop a positive habit you continue to do after August is over!
5. Treat Yourself With Healthy Foods
National Wellness Month is all about investing in yourself.
One way you can do this is by ensuring you have a healthy, well-balanced diet.
It’s easy to opt for fast food and takeaways, but experimenting with new recipes and whipping up some wellness eats will be great for your physical and mental health.
After all, studies show that making healthy, home-cooked meals can help you deal with stress, anxiety, and depression as well as boost your mood and outlook!
Making sure to drink enough and stay hydrated has a part to play in your health and wellbeing too.
6. Focus On Better Sleep Habits
Sleep has a huge part to play in our physical and mental wellbeing,
So, this National Wellness Month, try to focus on promoting better sleep habits.
Similar to focusing on a healthy diet and staying fit, good sleep helps to improve our brain performance, boost our mood and overall well being.
Not getting enough sleep can even affect your attention, learning, and memory which isn’t good for university life!
You should try your best to get around 7-9 hours of sleep per night and go to sleep at a similar time everyday.
This way you’ll feel energised and ready to take on the day.
7. Practice Mindfulness
Practising mindfulness through meditation, breathing exercises or other techniques helps to improve both your mental and physical health.
Try to start your day off right with a dose of mindfulness when you first wake up, it’s a game-changer for your wellbeing.
Mindfulness is about being aware of where you are and what you’re doing, without becoming overwhelmed by what’s around you.
There’s plenty of mindful activities out there, but it’s important to note different ones work for different people.
So, it takes some trial and error to find ones that work for you!
8. Spend Time Socialising
Last but definitely not least in our guide to celebrating National Wellness Month is socialising.
Humans are social creatures so spending time with the people in our life like our significant other, friends or family is important for our wellbeing.
Research shows that those who are more socially connected tend to be happier, physically healthier and have fewer mental health problems.
So, this month, hang out with your pals and make plans with people you haven’t seen in a while.
Doing this can really lighten your mood and make you feel happier!
If you can’t make plans to see your friends or family, even video calling can uplift your spirits.
That’s the end, now go and make this August the best yet, filled with self-care and healthy habits!
After some helpful ways to look after your mental and physical health whilst at university? The Student Minds website has plenty of resources to make the most of.
There are plenty of other events to get involved with in August, like National Book Lovers Day. Read our guide to discover how you can celebrate!