21 days of wellbeing

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Join our 21 Days of Wellbeing challenge and give your wellbeing a boost

We all know the lead-up to Christmas can be a frantic and sometimes stressful time. So, maintaining our personal wellbeing is more important than ever.

But all too often, we put our wellbeing last and neglect to take the small steps that could give us a much-needed boost. This can then affect everything from our happiness and energy levels, to our resilience and even our relationships.

So this year, in the lead-up to Christmas, we're asking you to do something each day, for 21 days, that makes you feel good.

It's easy to get involved and doesn't need to be anything strenuous. For instance, it could be simply making sure you drink enough water, doing 10 minutes of meditation, or speaking to a close friend. You could focus on one activity for the whole challenge, or mix-up your routine each week, or even each day. What you do is up to you, the only rule is to stick to the challenge for 21 days!

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is often referred to as a state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. It can be experienced in many different ways including physically, mentally and emotionally, and is vital for us to function well in our day-to-day lives.

When our wellbeing suffers, it can quickly impact how we feel and how we cope with difficult situations in our lives. But there are simple steps we can take to improve it.

Why 21 days?

Okay, you got us! Although the 'fact' that it takes 21 days to form a habit has, largely, been proven to be a myth, there is something in the number 21.

Studies on habit formation have suggested it can take anywhere from 21 days to one year for a habit to begin. So we figured if we can help you get to 21, that's a good start! But that means the rest is down to you. After the challenge ends, it's important to stick with your new routine and keep boosting your wellbeing.

Tips from our Young Adults on how you can improve your wellbeing

  1. Sam, Charlotte and Jordan said they hit the gym to keep their wellbeing up. We all know exercise is good for the body, but it can have positive effects on the mind, too: “It might not always need to be a full body workout, but it gives me the 'me time' I need to just think." – Sam
  2. Heading out for some fresh air was another popular tip. It could be a walk with the dog or a trip to the shops: “Just going out shopping I'm walking around a lot, and it keeps me moving from place to place." – Abigail
  3. Make time to talk! Sam and Charlotte said getting their feelings out was a great way blow off steam: “I love to make plans and have something to look forward to, like meeting up or going for a coffee with someone." – Charlotte
  4. Don't neglect your hobbies. Take time out to do the things you enjoy: “I make time for me by doing crafts. I've made inspirational frames that mean something to me throughout my own journey." – Sam

The benefits of talking

A brain tumour diagnosis, whether it's your own or a loved one's, can have a significant impact on your wellbeing. However talking to others in the same position can be a really useful way to find support and help improve how you're feeling. That's why we have lots of opportunities for you to meet others who understand, get support and find information. Our friendly team are always here to help.

Join our Facebook Group for Young Adults and talk to others your age, in a similar situation.

Find a meet up near you and meet others who understand, no explanations needed.

Contact the team: email YAS@thebraintumourcharity.org or call 0808 800 0004.

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