BODY

A guide to feeling well

How does your body react when you don’t meet its needs? How does it reacts when you strive to achieve its needs? We can learn to make tiny changes in our behaviour to turn bad habits into amazing new habits – ones that will really help us to become the best you can possibly be.

Breathing is our fundamental need – it is the food for our cells to live! We don’t often think that we can make our lungs work better or protect them from the damage of toxic fumes. You will learn how to breathe your way to wellness.

When we’re stressed we naturally start to breathe short fast breaths which means that less oxygen is entering our lungs, which leads you to feel even more stressed! By noticing this, and by learning to take slow deep breaths we can calm ourselves down. The square breathing technique is a useful tool to try next time you notice that you’re getting a bit stressed.

 

 

Check out the video below to see how it’s done!

 

 – Just breathe | Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman –

 

 

Staying up late can be great, but fatigue, insomnia, and irritability are not cool. Let’s look at the upside of early nights, loving your sleep, and the magnificent way a good night’s sleep can make you feel.

How to sleep better | Watch this short Wellcast video for advice on how to sleep better

This 4-minute Wellcast video looks at the positive effects of sleep on your creativity

It’s 4am, and the big test is in 8 hours. You’ve been studying for days, but you still don’t feel ready. Should you drink another cup of coffee and spend the next few hours cramming? Or should you go to sleep? Shai Marcu defends the latter option, showing how sleep restructures your brain in a way that’s crucial for how our memory works.

Exercising is an anti-depressant – it boosts your energy, improves your sleep, memory, confidence and reduces your risk of illness – the benefits are endless! There are so many ways to move – find your way to love and just do it.

A Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Everyone knows that working out is great for your health. Exercise helps with weight loss, keeps your heart healthy and your blood pressure down. But did you know exercise also helps with mental health? This short Wellcast video explores the array of benefits of exercise on your brain:

 

A 4 minute Wellcast video on the benefits of yoga:

You probably know that junk food and soft drinks are addictive, but there are even ‘good’ foods that can cause some of us to be inflamed. We are all unique. Discover your well habits of eating and drinking so you can feel and be well.

In the video “Nudging our kids and families towards better eating,” Dr. Mike Evans presents a simple way to think about eating well. Am I eating enough or too much? Are my kids eating enough or too much? Am I eating the right food? How can we make it easier for the whole family to eat better?

Eating less Sugar – A 5-minute Wellcast video on overcoming sugar addiction:

The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge| TEDxChristchurch

In this important talk, clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research, including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

 

What If You Only Drank Soda? – A 3-minute AsapScience video on what sugary drinks do to your body:

What If You Stopped Drinking Water? – A 3-minute AsapScience video on why it’s important to drink water:

We live in a world of new inventions. Many of these inventions have changed our lives for the better. But some of them have also created harmful by-products, in the form of toxins. By learning more about toxins, we can take some simple measures to avoid them. This is an important step to living a Well Habit life.