The Mental Health Foundation has identified 5 simple ways to improve your wellbeing. We perform these 5 ways nearly every day of our lives until we become over stressed, become depressed and take on the flight mode of retreating into ourselves for protection. The 5 ways to wellbeing are:
An active lifestyle outside our workplaces helps people perform these ways on a regular basis and leads to new confidence, experiences and health. One such event is the Tarawera Ultramarathon which offers 60 km, 85 km and 100 km endurance running distances over trails and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Last month I talked about mentally preparing for an ultramarathon, and on Saturday 7th February I completed my first Tarawera 100 km ultra and now fully understand the power of the 5 ways to wellbeing.
Firstly there is no way to achieve a physical goal without LEARNING and TAKING NOTICE of yourself, others, and the environment. As you learn more you want to know more so you CONNECT more and naturally GIVE back to others sharing your new found knowledge. Of course this all happens because you are ACTIVE, as you get fitter your diet changes, your body changes and your life changes.
The ultimate is being involved in an event whereby hundreds or even thousands of people naturally perform the 5 ways to wellbeing simply because that is what competitors, supporters and volunteers do.
The Tarawera Ultra offers everything, every time you are passed or pass someone you chat, you give positive support, you connect, you learn, you take notice. At each aid station you chat, receive massive uplifting support, you learn, you take notice and you give back thanking them for their volunteer support.
Finally, the very environment allows you to connect with yourself, you give back to yourself for your stoic efforts, you learn about yourself as you take notice of your inner thoughts and how your body responds to the power of the mind.
All this becomes possible when you are ACTIVE. Being active opens up a new world of possibilities and opportunities so take up the challenge and change your life by performing the 5 ways to wellbeing today.
Please share this with those you love and those you think may need it.