Improving your health & wellbeing is far easier said than done. At times it can be challenging to know which activities to add to your wellness routine. If you’ve tried all the healthy eating, hot-baths and yoga and are looking for new ideas, check out these ten unique ways to improve your wellness!
1. Cold Water Immersion Therapy
Cold water immersion therapy is helpful to boost the body’s immune system, lymphatic system, and to improve your digestive and circulatory functions. This is definitely something I’m looking forward to trying. According to a PubMed study, ‘cold hydrotherapy can relieve depressive symptoms rather effectively.’ The study data indicated that taking regular cold showers appeared to reduce the effects of stress and depression. It was suggested that this is because exposure to the cold can ‘activate the sympathetic nervous system’. There are many workshops which support you to experience cold water therapy, involving ice-baths or cold water swimming.
2. Sexual Self-Care Apps
Let’s be adults. We’re all women here and sexual health is important! We all know about self-care apps by now, but what about sexual self-care apps? If you haven’t heard, it’s time to get in the know! A few of the leading sexual-self care apps include:
Emjoy: The Emjoy app supports users to boost their sexual wellness with the help of audio guides, science-backed articles, goal setting and wellbeing sessions. Sexual wellbeing is closely linked to both mental and physical health; the whole idea behind this fantastic app!
Ferly: The creators of Ferly believe that ‘sexual-self care is about tuning in to one’s own desires and needs, and then responding’. Here you’ll find plenty of fantastic content including guided practices, sensual stories, a journaling space, and a challenge of the week.
3. The Art Of Feng Shui
Feng Shui is a philosophy and a practice, encouraging us to create our living spaces to exist in harmony with the natural world. The practice originated in Chinese philosophy, when translated ‘Feng’ means ‘wind’ and ‘Shui’ means water.
Many people use the principles of Feng Shui when carrying out interior design work on their homes. The Feng Shui Bagua Map represents different areas of life, including wealth, family, career and knowledge. The idea is that you can design your home to encourage positive changes in each of these different areas. For more information, try reading Plan Your Home With Feng Shui by Ian Bruce.
4. Enroll In The DTSS Program
The Debt To Success System can help individuals to take control of their financial health, improve their wellbeing, and regain freedom! The DTSS offers a Debt Discharge Program, helping individuals to free themselves from credit card debt, student loan debt, vehicle loan debt and more. The company also offers programs which allow individuals to restore their freedom by opting out of various U.S Government victimless crime laws. Sound too good to be true? DTSS is 100% legit! With these programs, you’ll take control of your financial health, your freedom, and boost your wellness along the way.
5. Nonviolent Communication Workshop
Nonviolent Communication is a practice which focuses on taking full responsibility for what we experience, moment to moment. NVC provides a simple framework allowing us to become deeply aware of our actions, thoughts, and how we listen. The basic principles of Nonviolent communication involve:
- Self-Empathy: Seeking to become compassionately aware of your own inner experience.
- Empathy For Other People: The ability to compassionately listen to others, understanding their needs and emotions.
- Authentic Self Expression: The practice of honestly expressing yourself while taking responsibility for your experience.
To learn more about how NVC can improve your wellbeing, try an NVC online workshop or an Ecourse.
6. Try A Foraging Experience
Foraging means collecting sources of food in the wild; these food sources might include mushrooms, nuts, plants, fruit and herbs. A foraging workshop is a great way to experience the outdoors, and establish a more authentic connection with the food you consume. During a foraging workshop, you’ll learn how to identify which wild foods are edible, and how best to collect these foods. Some foraging experiences also include a wild cooking class.
7. Give Back To The Community
A study in the Clinical Psychological Science journal found that helping others can have positive effects on our mental health. Emily Ansell, author of the study, explained that,
‘Our research shows that when we help others, we can also help ourselves.’ There are plenty of ways that you can give back to your community, and many charities to get involved with. To make a start check out volunteer search websites like JustServe or VolunteerMatch.
8. Challenge Yourself To Dance Classes
Sometimes all you need is a new endorphin boosting hobby to spice up your life! Dancing is the perfect way to release stress and get those happy hormones flowing. Remember, you don’t have to be a fantastic dancer to enjoy yourself in a class. Learning new things helps us to move out of our comfort zone, and experience the power of self-care. Whether it’s salsa, swing or disco, challenge yourself today, and see your wellness levels soar.
9. Experience A Silent Retreat
A silent retreat involves attending a wellness centre and taking a vow of silence; this could be for a day, several days or a week, (depending on the course). During the silent retreat, individuals participate in relaxing activities such as yoga, journaling and reading. Technology is removed from the setting, allowing participants to relax without distractions, and experience a healing time of self-reflection.
10. Practice Automatic Writing
Automatic writing is a practice that’s often used as a journaling technique. The concept is that you set a time limit, and write non-stop for that period, jotting down whatever comes into your mind. You should not be concerned with writing a narrative, forming complete ideas, or even using the correct punctuation. The only concern is uncensored self-expression, allowing your thoughts to flow freely, and honestly. The practice can help you to problem-solve, release negativity, write poetry, whatever you like! If you’re not sure how to start, it can be helpful to choose a theme, an emotion or problem.