Day 11 of F.O.O.D. – Using my FISHBAKE to manage your wellbeing

It’s day 11 of my Advent Calendar and today I’m going to share my FISHBAKE with you to help you manage your wellbeing, because this year it’s been well and truly tested and there are some key coping mechanisms that have risen to the surface for me.

It’s essential that we do something that’s fun daily.  And the earlier in the day we can do it the better as it releases all those feel good hormones

Stay in the moment!  Don’t plan too far ahead.  Surrender the long term planning and focus on what’s important today and tomorrow

Create a good sleep routine.  I’m not a good sleeper, but I now have a number of activities I do each evening to make me feel as relaxed as possible before going to bed.

Undertake a habit review.  Make an inventory of your habits from morning til night and then reflect on those that help and hinder.  How can you remove some of those that hinder?

I’ve noticed that having a belonging has been important.  Social connections whether face to face or online increase our self esteem

Our emotions can be all other the place, so acceptance that you’re tired or needing more support is half the battle.  There are some days that we just need to curl up with a good book or watch some trashy TV.   We’re not superwoman or superman … all the time!

That leads me on to kindness.  Being kind to yourself and others is a huge part of managing your wellbeing.  Don’t leave those random acts of kindness just for others though – dole some out to yourself too.

And finally, exercise!  Any physical exercise is good for us.  A stroll or a run in the park, getting some fresh air or whatever is your energy booster – just make time for it and do it.