The phrase ‘there’s no one-size-fits all’ has never been more true than when it comes to health and wellbeing. Our minds and bodies are absolutely unique to us, so in terms of staying well, what works for one person, won’t necessarily work for someone else.

To complicate matters even more, our bodies and minds change over time, which means that even what worked for us once may not work for us now.

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This is why we believe it’s important to keep exploring and trying new things. The great news is that there’s no end of therapies, treatments, and approaches available to help you maintain your health and wellbeing. However, because there are so many options, it can mean that if you’re looking for a routine to support your wellbeing, it can be hard to know where to start. So we wanted to share some things to think about to help you find what works for you.

What Has Worked Before?

As we mentioned above, we all change over time, so something that was great for us in the past might not have the same positive effect anymore. That said, it can be a really good starting point to come up with new ideas. If, for example, you used to love yoga, but can no longer do it or find it’s not helping anymore, it’s still worth thinking about what you did like about it at that time. Maybe it was the hour to yourself, or the breathing exercises. Perhaps it was the gentle movement and physical nature of the sessions.

Take some time to consider what it was you enjoyed; if you can pinpoint the reason you liked the experience in the past it can give clues to what you might benefit from now. If it was the hour to yourself, then maybe a simple alternative would be a bubble bath, or an hour’s walk away from everyone else. If it was the physical exercise, maybe you can find a new kind of exercise you enjoy to get the body moving again.

What Have You Always Wanted to Try?

We’ve all got a list in our heads of things we’ve wanted to try, both in life and for our wellbeing. Have you always fancied acupuncture or reflexology, for example, but not had the chance to give it a go? Why not make it a priority, and book yourself a session. You may discover that, actually, it’s not quite for you, but you may also find out that it’s just what you need right now. Also, simply by booking something that you want to do for your own sake, can be really powerful in itself, so it can be doubly beneficial.

What Challenges Are You facing?

Although it’s important to look after our wellbeing all the time, it’s also true that there are certain times in our lives when we need a bit more TLC. If you’ve just experienced an injury, for example, you may want to investigate sports injury massage or rehab to help you get back on form. If you’re experiencing an ongoing health issue, perhaps there are complementary therapies that can aid in recovery and help manage symptoms. Equally, you might be experiencing a time of mental disharmony, and having the opportunity to speak to a counsellor could be the most beneficial approach. Sometimes our minds and bodies make it perfectly clear what they need to be at their best, so it’s worth listening to what your body is saying, to help you figure out what you might need to address a specific issue. Use that knowledge, and research which treatment might be most beneficial for your specific health concern.

Those are just a few questions you can use as prompts to help you identify what your body and mind need. But really, it’s all about trial and error. Search the internet, ask friends, attend trial sessions – ultimately just keep trying new things until you find something that works for you. And don’t just focus on the practical stuff; yes, you want a therapy, treatment, or exercise to help you stay as healthy as possible, but it should also be fun. Having fun is definitely good for your wellbeing, so enjoy exploring and experimenting to see what works for you.