Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. During challenging times, self-care can sometimes feel like an indulgence or a waste of time, but it’s vital to support our physical and mental wellbeing.
With the recent outbreak of COVID19, without proper self-care we might see our wellbeing decline – you could spend your days watching the news, reading the papers and being exposed to negativity, potentially increasing your anxiety, losing sleep, and comfort eating.
However, it doesn’t need to be like this – you can benefit both your mental and physical health with some simple self-care. Apricot wellbeing shares some self-care tips below…
Regular Wake & Sleep Times
Your alarm normally goes off at 7am? Keep it as it is. It’s so easy to lie in, to put on some joggers and for that to be your workwear for the day. Instead, wake up, shower, get ready and be productive from the start. Start your day as you mean to go on.
Set a Schedule
If you’re working from home and don’t have your usual morning and evening commute, think of this as bonus time. Why not start to have a schedule for what you’re going to achieve that day, both work and personal. At the end of the day you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a lot and taken time away from your laptop to be active.
You’d take breaks at work, so ensure you take them at home too. Working long hours and not taking breaks leads to exhaustion and stress. Taking breaks refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources and allows you to become more creative. Schedule a morning break, lunch break and an afternoon break at the very least.
Try yoga, qigong or dance classes online – but whatever exercise you enjoy, do it! Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress and boosts your physical and mental energy
Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. Healthy eating helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduces our risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
While physical distancing is imperative to stop the spread of this virus, fostering a sense of connection in cities around the world has never been more important. Stay in touch with family, friends, and neighbours by phone or online Join Apricot wellbeing and Volunteer for us You’ll feel better by helping others.