The two things people need to do
Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, happy or healthy; why on earth should we choose to be in an uncomfortable, unhappy or unhealthy state? Yet we frequently do. And the most common reason for not doing something for our wellbeing is:
I don’t have time.
If they’re pressed, most people admit that they just don’t prioritise themselves. They come bottom of the list. It’s for this reason, many people, especially parents, find themselves staying up later than they would ideally like, just to have time to themselves away from chores and the demands of other people.
This staying up late has an obvious impact on our wellbeing. A reduction in sleep of just a few hours a night can have profound health consequences, such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Sleep deprivation may decrease the ability to resist infection which is why people who average less than 7 hours sleep per night are about 3 times more likely to develop cold symptoms when exposed to the virus. As well as these impacts on our physical wellbeing, there is an emotional and mental impact with studies suggesting a link between poor s