By Alex Blundell
Exercise increases your serotonin levels, the happy chemical in your brain, and that can be helpful to feel more confident, healthier and happier. Remember that well-being is all about the mind, the body and being motivated.
All over the country festivals of all kinds are popping up. Each promoting different ways to improve your lifestyle and in turn, improve your well-being.
Taking care of your body
For beginners, who may not particularly like the thought of vigorous exercise, fitness festivals are a great way to get much needed inspiration. Although the journey to a healthy body is far more complicated than the ‘Get Fit Fast’ Instagram bloggers will tell you.
“Staying fit is so important for your health, and everyone should have access to the information that they need to do it.”
FitLiving UK are setting up a festival in Bournemouth which is tailored both first timers and avid athletes. So if you want to get into to fitness but don’t know how on your own, this is an event for you. Over the 9th and 10th of September there will be over 50 different activities to get involved in, with motivation trainers and top nutritional tips.
Gemma Harris the managing director of line-up media and events in Bournemouth, said that one of the main goals for the event is to “De-mystify fitness” to all who attend.
Also saying “Staying fit is so important for your health, and everyone should have access to the information that they need to do it.” “We also aim to make the festival as fun and social as possible”
Taking care of your mind
There are organisations around the UK that are also focussed on open conversations about mental well-being.
“By looking after your mental well-being you can better handle things life throws at you”
The Freedom of Mind Festival in Bristol encourage taking care of yourself by taking time out of our busy days to do something to switch off and just be. They also provide coping-strategies for things like stress and negativity.
Katie Finch, the Managing Director for Freedom of Mind C.I.C. highlights that “Everyone has a mental health yet most people ignore it or don’t consider it until there is an issue. By looking after your mental well-being you can better handle things life throws at you and can gain good habits, such as sleeping properly and taking time out to relax, so that if you do become mentally unwell you are in a better position to tackle issues.”
She recognises that things like mediation are great for some people, but knows that it’s not for everyone. You need to find something that works for you, it’s all too easy to fall into patterns of stress and become negative and insecure.
Motivation for progress in any aspect of life; fitness, work, relationships etc. It all comes from inspiration, from a need to improve ourselves, to connect to others – to ourselves.
The Yoga Connects festival embodies that.
Sally Griffyn, Director Founder Yoga Connects Festival Ltd, described the event as a “3 day ritual where people experience yoga, music and Shamanic ceremonies that shift their perception, cause transformation and by making different choices in life, get a lot happier.”
Now, spiritual experiences may not be for everyone. However improving headspace in any way is a step forward. You will never know what works until you try.
All-round wellbeing in companies many things. Maybe with your nine to five job you may only be able to go to the gym twice a week to take care of your well-being. Maybe you hate the idea of the gym and meditate for an hour a day. Or perhaps you just binge watch Netflix on the weekends to de-stress. Any way you do it, remember that as long you’re happy and heathy… You’re doing something right. If not, take a tip from here.