Here at PreKure, we’re concerned about how our mental wellbeing is tracking in society as a whole. Because at a time in human history where we have more resources than ever before, we have trouble feeling as good as we could.
So, we decided to do something about this, using cutting-edge science and practice. Actually, not just the cutting edge, but the bleeding edge – because that’s what we do. We’re committed to bringing today’s science to you, and helping you use it to live your best life.
We’ve designed a 21-day plan for everyday people who want to learn practical strategies to support their mental wellbeing.
Jump on with us now and do this 21-day mental wellbeing plan! Our mission is to help you learn and understand what tools work for you in improving your mental wellbeing.
How does the 21-day plan work?
There are proven strategies and tools that you can learn and start using immediately, that could make all the difference in your life. We’ve identified 7 ‘levers’ that can help improve our mental wellbeing. During the 21 days of this plan, you will be invited to learn about and then apply these techniques in your life.
1. Eat whole, unprocessed food
What we eat affects our mood, and it runs deep into the biology of the human brain, managing the neurotransmitters and ‘un-inflaming’ the brain. An anti-inflammatory diet allows the brain to be the best that it can be.
2. Move your body for 30 minutes every day.
If exercise was a drug it would be the blockbuster drug of all time, especially for mood and wellbeing. It’s clinically effective on anxiety and depression. It upgrades your brain. Exercise is a daily activity that’s essential for human life, especially for managing our mood.
3. Create an 8-hour sleep opportunity each night.
Overnight, the glymphatic system in the brain starts to circulate a cleaning fluid. Being awake during the day and functioning like a human means we’re going to bed with a little bit of inflammation and brain damage, and the brain needs a good night’s sleep to rest, restore and rewire.
4. Breathe exclusively through your nose.
How we breathe is critical for how we feel. The trick is that if you breathe exclusively through your nose, you turn off your ‘fight or flight’ sympathetic nervous system, which is typically what stresses us out. It’s not physically possible to be stressed out when you’re breathing exclusively through your nose.
5. Have a cold shower, a cold bath, or a swim in a cold body of water.
Getting yourself into cold water changes your brain chemistry in a positive way. It helps remove an overflow of a neurotransmitter called glutamate. We now know that getting yourself into cold water – a cold shower, a cold bath, or getting in a cold body of water, like a lake or the ocean – has a profound and immediate effect on upgrading the brain.
6. Take notice of what brings you joy.
Joy is an intense moment of positive emotion. Joy is rainbows and blossoms and swimming and eating an ice cream. Joy is being in a tree house. As adults, we’ve sometimes forgotten where the joy is in our daily lives. Children innately feel and experience joy lots and lots of times during the day. We want you to remember that intense, positive emotion that is joy, and we want you to experience it.
What is your internal narrative about the world? How do you talk to yourself? Do you have an inner voice that’s telling you you’re not good enough, smart enough or strong enough? Learn techniques to identify and pacify that negative inner voice and create your own positive mantra.
PreKure: Mental Wellbeing starts on the 1st March. Sign up here!
This plan is not a substitute for medical care and does not offer personalised advice. If you or your loved ones suffer from mental ill-health then we strongly encourage you to consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).
Need help now?
New Zealand. If life is in danger, call 111. Or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
Australia. If life is in danger, call 000. Or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or call 13 11 14 (Lifeline), call 1300 22 4636 (Beyond Blue), call 1300 659 467