There’s more to keeping healthy and happy than just exercise and eating well (although these things are of utmost importance!). Taking a holistic approach to our wellbeing is important and there are loads of different ways to help you feel good mentally.
With New Year’s resolutions beginning to enter our minds, we’ve made a list of some of our favourite ways to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Volunteering is all about helping others, but that doesn’t mean it can’t help you too! Volunteering introduces you to a world you might never have discovered otherwise. It can be challenging, rewarding, and most of all, fun. Studies show that people who volunteer are generally very happy people - because helping others feels good!
At the Y, we have over 1,200 volunteers that make a valuable contribution to their communities every day. Whatever your passion is – camping, youth, travel, events – we’ve got the perfect volunteer position for you.
You can click here to read more about our volunteer opportunities, ask in your centre for more information, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unplug from technology
Shut down your laptop, switch off the TV, turn your phone off, and do something that doesn’t require looking at a screen! Read a book, do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, bake some muffins, take a bath, listen to music, play an instrument; the list goes on.
In this world of smart phones and instant gratification, it takes a conscious effort to step away from our devices and slow down. Partaking in something a little more old-fashioned like flicking through a magazine or newspaper without checking your phone for half an hour can feel unnatural at first, but you’ll feel better for it almost immediately.
Fundraise or donate
When we do good things like 'random acts of kindness', volunteering or donating money, the brain is flooded with the hormones dopamine and oxytocin. These hormones are key to making us feel happier and more content for longer.
Aside from the hormone releases, donating to charity can enhance your connection to a cause and lead you to stronger engagement in your local community, making you feel more connected to others and your environment.
You can always make a donation to your centre and help people experiencing disadvantage in your community to access our programs and services. Ask our friendly staff to find out how you can donate.
By setting aside some quiet time to centre yourself, you can bring out feelings of peace, along with heightened energy and awareness. Regular meditation offers many health benefits, such as reduced stress, anxiety, depression and obesity just to name a few.
Ask in centre to find out if your Y offers meditation classes.