Things are different now, right? Although it may seem like we have more time, there are many of us who feel like we have less time.
Juggling business, schoolwork, virtual meetups, the weekly gauntlet of shopping, are all adding to the pressure of keeping well indoors and not being constantly distracted by the ever-changing situation.
So, in all that finding time for yourself, it can feel like another thing to add in and therefore, likely to drop to the bottom of the list.
We spoke with Health Coach, Joanna Shurety, of Shurety Coaching, who offered some great advice on how to look after our wellbeing whilst in isolation.
Before qualifying as a Health Coach, Joanna worked an incredible 20 years in HR and Operations working with companies in construction, technology and government. So she understands all too well the daily stresses we all face.Joanna now works with one-to-one clients and businesses on a number of wellness topics.
Keep it simple and keep it small
Joanna's advice is to keep things simple, keep it small and do things that are for YOU!
Incorporate things into your day that do not require much time, effort or planning.
So here is what Joanna suggests.
Listen to a Podcast
You could listen to a podcast on your daily walk or simply walk and observe nature and your surroundings. Walking with others is also beneficial to our wellbeing, however, at present, we must adhere to the social distancing rules.
There are many free podcasts available to download.
Make bath time special
Give yourself an extra 10 mins in the bath and make it as luxurious as possible – use the expensive bath stuff that usually comes out for a ‘special occasion’, read a magazine, have a glass of wine – whatever makes it feel like a treat!
Go to bed earlier and read
Reading helps us to fall asleep as it enables us to just switch off. Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier to read your favourite book and whilst in your bedroom, create an atmosphere that encourages sleep.
Candles, room sprays and diffusers with essential oils help to create a relaxed atmosphere.
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Stretch, Meditate and practice Mindfulness
Incorporate in your day a bit of stretching, some meditation and mindfulness if possible. You could do this outside or whilst waiting for the bath to run, dinner to cook, or for the kettle to boil.
Breathing exercises also help to reduce stress and tension and can be done anywhere. Take a deep breath in through your nose and count to four. Then release the breath slowly through your mouth for four counts. Repeat 3 to 4 times. Then simply concentrate on your breathing and the sound of your breath. Try to concentrate and notice the soles of your feet, toes, legs, fingers, palms, arms, shoulders and head. Then relax.
Look after yourself
Do your hair, have a shave, exfoliate, massage some luxurious body lotion onto your skin, give your feet a treatment or have an at-home manicure.
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Doing something small that keeps you feeling nice will lift your mood, increase motivation and energy.
Whatever you do, having one thing for you each day (however small) will improve your resilience without a doubt.
The more you can do the better, BUT BE REALISTIC!