Working from Home – Working from home has given many the flexibility to be around the family more especially during the lockdown. This has had its own challenges with young children around, whilst working from home. Managing work, homeschooling and housework has impacted many of us. Whilst Covid is still around we have to focus on ourselves. We have to improve the way we have been living, make healthy choices, bring the mind and body into a state of wellness. With gyms, yoga and many sessions all cancelled due to various lockdowns. We may have lost a little bit ourselves and more than likely we are out of sync.
Statistics report that there has been a rise in mental health amongst all age groups. Younger children are experiencing a high level of anxiety and depression due to the lockdowns and everyday life that has been changed. The psychological impact of covid 19 has impacted around 10 million people. Public Health England also reported around 1.5 million young adults and children have also had mental health concerns. The adverse effect of covid 19 on mental health is of concern.
Health and Wellness
Now with restrictions uplifted it is time to make small changes to our everyday life. Starting with small steps towards gaining overall health and wellness.
Gym – If you are thinking of re-joining the gym taking up a new exercise or even returning to swimming, Take it easy. Start with 1 or 2 days per and work yourself up to 4-5 times per week. Plan this into your daily routine, whether it’s the first thing the morning before work or after you finish work. You may prefer to exercise late at night if this fits your routine make it work for you. Do not overburden ourselves. Set time aside whether that is 30 minutes daily or 1 hour daily. Having a healthy and can-do mindset will help you reach your targets and initial goal setting. Remember the purpose of going back to the things you love. Overall, your mind and body will benefit a lot.
Self-care – Self-care is number one. Self-care is making that 5 minutes to have a sit down with your favourite cup of coffee, herbal tea, chai or whatever makes you relax. Set time aside from your busy routine, have time out from work stresses, cooking, cleaning. Even 20 – 30 minutes a day, even if it’s having an uninterrupted shower or hot bath, reading a chapter of a book to help you unwind. There are many mindfulness apps available on smartphones that cater for Android and Apple users. Mindfulness helps relieve the daily stresses this focuses just on you. Yes just you. Self-care is about you and the time you need out of your normal routine each day. Yoga and Pilates are also very good to help you unwind, 10 minutes videos are available online on YouTube for you to do as and when you can. Self-pampering unwinds with a little at-home facial routine. No expensive products are needed you may already have these products at home, so you do not have to buy any special items. Facials can consist of a mini facial with your normal cleanse and tone routine. You can add in a face mask, many face masks are available at high street shops or even at your local supermarket. If you prefer to just set time out to listen to your favourite songs, then this also helps towards your daily care. A healthy mind is a healthy body. Psychological health matters just as physical health.
Counselling – If you feel you need someone to talk to who will not judge you and will not be anyone that you know. Then a counsellor may be right for you. Many GP’s offer self-referral to counselling services within your area. This can be done online or over the phone. You may have an initial consultation with the counselling service over the phone before any face-to-face appointments are arranged. Counselling offers great help and you are able to tell how you are feeling, what you are going through to someone who will not judge you and is there to listen to you. Most counselling services available on the NHS do have waiting lists however they will be in contact as soon as they can or you may be placed on a waiting list until there is availability for appointments.
Hobbies – We often lead such busy lifestyles that we forget the hobbies we once had. Whether that is going hiking, walking, running, knitting or even colouring. These hobbies we once had were hobbies as we enjoyed them. Making little time for hobbies can have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Adult colouring books may sound boring however these can be very therapeutic for us all. These sorts of hobbies push aside all our stresses and worries as we find ourselves enjoying and relaxing whilst carrying out hobbies. Cooking or baking something you have never tried before, make it less of a chore to get other family member involved even gets the kids to help out. Kids like to be involved in the cooking or helping prepare the food for a meal. This will also get you working together as a whole family and give you that valuable family time too.
Health and wellness are one of the most important things in our lives and we should make and take time out to do things we enjoy. Organising our time will allow us to enjoy family time, leave the chores they will still be there when you come back. Chores can wait, make a list of things to do, do a little each day. Don’t leave all the chores to the weekend that means the weekend has gone without us being able to have the relaxation time we need.
Let’s set aside at least 30 minutes of me-time doing whatever you like!