Take Some Time For You
It's probably safe to say we've all had some challenges over the last year. Many of us have been in and out of lockdown and finding our new normal within difficult situations. This can really take a toll on our mental health. So we thought we'd share some of our favourite tips on how to look after you. Whether you're in lockdown or not, all of these strategies will enhance your overall wellbeing.
1. Deep Breathing
Okay so this may seem like a no-brainer, but there is some science behind it. When you practise deep 'belly breathing', you activate your parasympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as your 'rest and digest'. More and more we operate in our 'flight or flight' response, otherwise known as our sympathetic nervous system with our busy lives. By spending just five minutes slowing down and focus on taking deep belly breaths, you can literally feel the calm come over you. This is a strategy to use at any time of the day.
2. Stop The Scrolling
This is easier said the done, but there are some real benefits to it. We all know the negative effects of blue light on our eyes and sleep, but what about the effects on our mental health? When we aimlessly scroll social media, not only can we get trapped in comparing ourselves to others, but we are not being fully present in the moment. This can have a negative effect on our mental health. So why not dedicate a short amount of time each day to purposely stop scrolling.
3. Call A Friend
Whether you are a people person or love your alone time, we all need some sort of social relationship as part of our health and wellbeing. When was the last time you picked up the phone and actually called a friend or family member? We all crave some sort of human connection and having a chat can just boost your mood and make you feel better. So don't be shy, pick up the phone (to call not scroll!) and connect!
4. Get Out In Nature
This is a pretty simple one, but sometimes we need reminding of the simple things. Immersing yourself in nature has many benefits for your health and can really promote positive feelings. Not to mention the benefits of fresh air and Vitamin D, getting out and about in nature can reduce your stress and anxiety. Our favourite way is just a simple walk through a park or gardens, taking in the surroundings.
5. Listen to YOU
These days, life is just plain busy. It seems people are always rushing from one thing to the next and we rarely take time to stop and ask ourselves...how are we feeling? How do you actually feel in your physical body? Your mind? Do you stop and check in? Because if you don't, here is your reminder to do so! Are you feeling physically tired and exhausted? Try going to bed 20 minutes earlier or discover the magic of a 15 minute power nap. Have your ultimate goal to check in with how you are feeling, accept it and then do something about it.
What do you think about these tips? Do you have any others to share?