The prospect of staying at home for any prolonged period can seem overwhelming and this new reality can have a massive impact on our health and wellbeing. To help you get through this new challenge, we’ve put together some easy-to-follow tips to ensure your mind and body stays as healthy as possible during these difficult times.
1. Stick to an active routine
As tempting as it may be to stay in bed and work in your PJs, this can have a detrimental effect on your overall mood and wellbeing in the long run. Try and maintain some normality in your routine where possible and ensure you get washed and changed every morning to help you get into the right mindset and prepare for the day ahead.
It’s vital that during the day you keep your mind and body active. Whether it’s a spot of cleaning or a touch of gardening, completing small tasks throughout the day will give you a sense of accomplishment and will keep spirits high.
Also, it’s worth adding that you should give yourself a break from all that’s going on from time to time. It’s easy to get wrapped up in everybody else’s lives or the latest news developments, however everyone needs some time out to concentrate on themselves and their own wellbeing.
And don’t forget - a good night’s sleep does wonders on how we feel, so it’s important to get enough!
While you may not be able to stick to your normal routine and go to the gym, why not embrace the time spent indoors as a new opportunity to get your sweat on with some at-home workouts you’ve never tried before?
A relaxing session of yoga in the living room, running up the stairs or weighted arm exercises using tins from the cupboard or a water bottle are just some of the ways to help keep you moving indoors. If working out isn’t your thing, a spot of cleaning can burn up to 190 calories per hour!
If you’re in need of a bit of motivation to help you kick start your regime, there’s plenty of videos available for free on YouTube or Instagram that are tailored for different ages and abilities and will help if you’re struggling for inspiration.
Exercise has a huge effect on your mood and can improve self-esteem and sleep quality as well as help reduce stress levels and depression. Why not try and squeeze a daily workout in your lunch hour or when you first wake up to give you a boost of energy for the rest of the day? You’ll feel the difference straight away - just make sure you have water and a sweat towel at the ready!
3. Keep up the hobbies (or start a new one)
Keep your mind happy and do activities that you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, playing games, baking, sewing, making music or completing puzzles, try to maintain hobbies that you regularly do inside the home - and if you don’t have that many at the moment, it’s the perfect time to start! They’ll not only restore a bit of normality to your day but will also distract your mind from everything that’s happening around you and keep you focused on the task at hand.
If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, why not dig out those board games that have been collecting dust over the years or start writing / painting positive messages to yourself to help lift the mood in the house. Whatever it is, find something that works for you!
4. Eat well
What you eat nourishes your whole body, including your brain. While it’s quite easy to reach for the packet of biscuits or dive into a tub of ice cream when you’re feeling fed up or bored, it’s vital we try our best to have a balanced diet where possible.
With most of us having more time on our hands than usual, why not take more time prepping your meals and create something that’s not only healthy and nutritious, but also scrumptious? Did you know that most fresh fruit and vegetables can be put in your freezer and can be kept for months, while sturdy vegetables and starches – like broccoli and sweet potatoes also keep for a long time outside the freezer.
If you’re one to comfort eat, try and channel this elsewhere like speaking to a good friend, noting down your feelings or breaking a sweat with a mini workout.
5. Remain in touch
Whilst social distancing may mean you can’t meet up with your friends or family, it doesn’t mean you can’t still interact with them.
Make an extra effort to keep in regular contact with your nearest and dearest. Skype and Zoom are just some of the online social networks that enables you to interact with people face to face and will help you to remain in touch with the outside world.
You could get creative and set up virtual quiz nights with the whole family or have a virtual coffee catch up or dinner parties with friends.
During these difficult times, don’t forget to make sure you keep in touch with any elderly relatives or friends, just to check in and make sure they are ok.
The adjustment to staying indoors and dealing with an ever-changing environment may be tough and a bit overwhelming, but it’s more important than ever that you sit back and think creatively about how you can manage your health and wellbeing under these tricky circumstances.
#KeepGoing – we’ll get through this!