Health & wellbeing tips

People these days are living busier and busier lives. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of work and family life and leave little time for looking after yourself – but taking care of your health and wellbeing is extremely important.

Relocating and establishing yourself abroad can take its toll mentally and physically and this is particularly true for expats. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of tips to help keep you happy and healthy – no matter how hectic your schedule!

Get active
You don’t need to hit the gym every day – a long walk, a swim or taking your kids to the park can be great for not only your physical but also mental wellbeing.

Eat right
It’s simple but effective – while there’s nothing wrong with a treat here and there make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg, fish and a balanced diet incorporating all of the major food groups.

Everything in moderation
At the risk of sounding like your doctor, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are best kept to a minimum.

Make time to relax
Work pressures, the strain of family life and day-to-day worries can get on top of all of us at times which is why it’s so important to take time out for yourself. Things like meditation, yoga or a hot bath can be great for your mental wellbeing and can help you de-stress after a long day.

Seeing friends, family and loved ones has been shown to improve happiness and mental wellbeing so pick up the phone or get out there and make some plans. This is especially important for expats who may be some distance from their family and friends.

Get outside
Fresh air is good for you, go for a walk or a run, or just wander around town and take in the sights. Exploring is a great way to get to know your new surroundings – and it’s good for you!

Grow your own
Have a go at growing your own fruit and veg – not only is it healthy – there’s also the sense of achievement at having grown it yourself which will make it taste extra delicious.

Try something new
If you’re bored of the usual gym routine, try dancing or paddle-boarding – anything that takes your fancy! Check out what’s available to you locally – whether it be flamenco dancing in Barcelona or surfing in Sydney there’s something for everyone so make the most of your new location and what is has to offer.

Whether you’re tone deaf or not singing releases endorphins and cheers you up. No one has to hear you, put on your favourite music and sing like nobody’s listening!

Have a spring clean
Not only is all that scrubbing good exercise it’ll fill you with satisfaction once the house is looking sparkling clean! De-cluttering old bits and pieces will also help you feel calm and organised.

Get enough sleep
Sleep is restorative and is vital to your overall health and wellbeing – so turn off the TV, put down your phone and get some much-deserved shut eye.

A commitment to looking after your health and wellbeing is something your body and mind will thank you for and will leave you feeling great – and with our lifestyle rewards plan you can also save 25% on premiums for individual and family plans.