So here are three suggestions:
Top and Tail the Day
Spend at least 15 minutes of your morning without your phone, and if you can away from other distractions. Bring your attention to your thoughts, emotions, and feelings about the day ahead and visualise the behaviours you intend to carry through with you. At the end of the day, reflect back on what went well, what didn’t go so well, and what steps you will take to improve tomorrow.
Take a Walk and a Talk
Hook up with a colleague and go for a 10-minute walk. Ask them about their day, tell them about yours. Connecting with others can instantly boost a sense of well-being. If you are working from home, arrange a time with your colleague and take your phone, hook it up to your earphones and you get to keep your hands warm in your pockets! This is a win-win for well-being. You get to be out in nature whilst also nurturing the well-being of another human!
Take time to really savour the textures, flavours and scents of your lunch. Becoming a mindful eater naturally slows the sympathetic nervous system down which can help reduce stress and anxiety. If possible, lunch without your phone, as the mind can not compete for the same cognitive resources. In other words, you can’t focus on two things at the same time. Mindful eating can also promote weight-loss and better food choices, helping you to shed those Christmas calories!
Happy New Year and here is to a great start to 2023 from all at the S3 Team.