Google knows the important of wellness. Forget the perks and the pay. It’s the welfare programs that are the talk of the world. With their ping-pong tables and LEGO stations to in-house mindfulness classes, Googlers could be among the happiest species on Earth.
But what about you? Did you mistake being fit and healthy for wellness?
Yes, they are related. But they are also different as are the rich from the wealthy. You can be healthy and fit but plagued by anxiety and worries on the side. Wellness is far more difficult to pin down and there’s no metric for it yet.
So, it is important to rev it up with some new life-altering habits.
Maybe you have already thought about it and are ready to go vegan or take a marathon challenge. But if you are still browsing for ideas to improve your wellness, go inside-out with these five Udemy classes that are all about personal transformation.
Discover: The important things you need to know to improve your health.
Jonathan Levi has a few Udemy bestselling courses under his belt. This “superhuman” course pinpoints the life adjustments you can make to feel more energetic and fit. This course is not meant to treat any pre-existing medical condition, and shouldn’t be a replacement for medical advice. It shines light on the role played by the hormones testosterone, estrogen, and cortisol in regulating our vitality.
Take this course to understand your body. And the lifestyle changes to help manage it better. For instance, eating the right kind of food or optimizing your coffee habit.
In short: how to skip the junk and hit the right balance. Interviews and scientific studies are included in the course syllabus to back up the information. There is also a progress tracking worksheet which helps you stay on the path.
Discover: How to keep your emotional health.
How difficult is learning yoga with the help of an online course? It is the next best option when you don’t have the time to join a local class. Taking an online class also helps you find out what you will be getting into later. Online yoga classes are cheaper than actual ones, so it could be a good way to prepare yourself for a new habit.
This course by a celebrated yoga practitioner will help you find that elusive mind-body connection. Like all forms of yoga, it starts with the proper form for breathing. Vinyasa yoga teaches you the techniques to fluidly move from exercise to another while staying connected to your breath. The practice sessions in the course should help you find your emotional bliss.
A big part of the course is devoted to chakras (a Sanskrit word for “wheel”). Eastern philosophy believes the supreme role of the seven chakras for life energy. Each chakra balances one part of the body and makes it function. Yoga is designed to balance the flow of energy between these energy centers. Dip a toe into yoga and find your calm with the exercises.
Discover: How to master sleep and improve your health.
Sleep health has got everyone’s attention. You don’t’ have to read through a scientific study to know that sacrificing sleep has a direct impact on your mood the next day. Lack of motivation follows. Other health issues sneak in behind. Is restful sleep so out of reach? The short answer is No, and you too can hit the pillow with a few simple habits for peaceful sleep.
This course is a bestseller with more than 20,000 students enrolled. Just goes to show how common lack of sleep is around the world. Take the advice to address not only the quantity of your sleep but also its quality. Just know that like many things related to health, sleep doesn’t come alone. There are factors like exercise, light, the glasses of water you drink, and breathing to consider.
The good news is that anyone can hack sleep. You will too once you learn that a brighter day lies on the other side when you wake up.
Discover: How to beat anxiety and worries.
Sit back for a second. Imagine the kind of stresses that are hitting you at this very moment. Maybe it is the thought of pending email in your inbox. It could be the state of your finances. Stress has a real cost. Last year, a Harvard Business School study found workplace stress caused up to $190 billion in annual U.S. healthcare costs. Your own stress related payoff is in your medical bills. The cure for stress is in your hand.
One hour on this course won’t help you stop stress attacks in its tracks. But it is a useful primer because it will build your awareness. You will be more open to try out new strategies next time your worries come calling. Then with 40 different ways to manage your stress you don’t have to look anywhere else.
The course divides the methods into different kinds of relief strategies. Each section will help breakdown your stress triggers and apply the solutions prescribed for them.
Discover: A tennis coaching course from an eight-time Grand Slam champion.
You could be someone who hates to exercise. Or don’t have the patience to sit through a meditation session. The way of sport is the oldest (and most fun) way to stay on your wellness journey. Playing tennis is even considered better for general fitness than other forms of exercise. The usual sports related health precautions apply, but you are never too young or old to play the game. As a bonus, you can get your social life back too on the courts.
It’s bit of a revelation to find tennis champion Andre Agassi teaching you a physical sport on Udemy. But here he is teaching you about the intricacies of the forehand and backhand swing. He also throws in a bit about life very early in the course with a short module on why failure or success is just an illusion.
I imagine it is difficult learning a sport from video lessons, but it can be the second-best thing if you cannot afford a coach. Even video drills from Andre Agassi are good enough to get you interested in the sport and start your wellness journey.
What Does Wellness Mean to You?
Don’t forget to take a break. Love your spouse or partner. And do practice gratitude.
Sometimes a mindset of wellness can come from the simplest things in life. You can find it in a physical activity or a spiritual practice. I find it in cultivating my hobby with deliberate practice. What about you? Which is one course you would like to pick from the above five?
Remember, every paid course on Udemy comes with:
- Lifetime access.
- 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Certificate of completion.
Do you find that living a healthy lifestyle is simple? Have you changed something recently that has moved you towards wellness?