Just as your health and strength depend on the vitamins you eat, your sense of vitality depends on a few key ingredients. Here are some essential ‘vitamins’ for boosting your vitality.
Vitamin C: Community
According to researchers from the University of Queensland, social connections are as important to our health as exercise. Strong social ties and a sense of belonging to a community don’t just make us feel happier. They also help us combat health problems and live longer too.
Find your tribe!
Join a walking group, play chess, join a reading group, play a team sport, join a dance class.
Vitamin N: Nature
Spending time outdoors in nature is a mood booster. It also reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and helps you to relax. If you live in a town or city, spending time in the park, walking along tree-lined streets or even creating your own green space indoors with houseplants is beneficial too.
Put a spring in your step
Try to get outside in nature at least once every day.
Vitamin M: Movement
Advances in technology and changes in the world of work mean that nowadays we’re less active than ever before. But movement helps to lubricate our joints, move waste out of the body and keeps our circulation in good condition.
Oil your joints
Learn new, gentle ways to move more with yoga or tai chi. For more ideas visit our Your health matters site.
Vitamin S: Sleep
It takes just a few restless nights to make you realise that sleep is key to your wellbeing. Lack of sleep has been linked to weakened immune systems and the development of mental health problems like anxiety and depression. During deep sleep, your body repairs and heals and your mind consolidates memories and processes information.
Heal and repair
Switch your devices off half an hour before bed to help you relax and wind down.
Vitamin L: Laughter
Research shows that laughing can boost your memory, lower stress, strengthen your immune system, protect heart health, help you learn better and improve your relationships. Knowing all that, it makes sense to find a reason to laugh every day.
Laugh out loud
Set aside time to watch or listen to your favourite comedy shows.
Join one of CABA’s courses to meet new people and learn something new from improving the quality of your sleep to how to eat well and exercise.