What is it? Vitamin D is synthesised by sunlight exposure & essential for the absorption of calcium & phosphorus, and therefore good bone health.
Benefits: Improved immune & nervous system, greater muscle function & heart health & better regulated insulin levels.
Interesting fact: Unlike most other vitamins, your body can actually make Vitamin D by exposure to sun & then turns it into a hormone.
How to: Head out in the sunshine – walk to or from work, spend some time at the beach or take the kids to the park. Don’t forget it’s actually necessary to absorb the UV rays so time in the sun while wearing strong sunscreen doesn’t count.
What is it? The energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give & receive without judgement – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent & Lead.
Benefits: Greater love, joy, compassion, physical health & longevity, along with decreased anxiety & depression.
Interesting fact: A sense of social connectedness is a fundamental human need and our level of connectedness is actually internal (rather than, for example, our number of Facebook friends).
How to: Enjoy a quality catch up with a friend that isn’t time bound, call someone close to you, write to tell someone how special they are, ground & rebalance yourself in nature or take time to sit in your own headspace.
What is it? A natural state of rest in which your eyes are closed and you become unconscious. It is the period of time in which our body repairs and restores itself.
Benefits: Normalised appetite, faster metabolism, lower stress, better concentration & memory, improved immunity & mood.
Interesting fact: Sleep deprived people are more likely to experience increased appetites due to lower leptin levels.
How to: Get your 8-9 hours a night by setting a reminder 30 minutes before bedtime so you stick to your scheduled sleep time, increasing physical exercise (preferably early in the day), minimising caffeine & alcohol, turning down the lights & staying clear of technology 30-60 minutes before bed, limiting rich food within 2 hours of bedtime, avoid drinking too many liquids, a few deep breaths to relax yourself as you are dozing off.