In a recent Emma Guns podcast, Sali Hughes talked about her feel-good habits in lockdown. Sali talked about the importance of connecting with friends during this time. What daily routines are helping you?
It’s lockdown 3.0 and this time our resilience is being tested more than ever. With International Day of Happiness fast-approaching on the 20th March, we cover positive habits that boost positivity. Read on to find out what we recommend.
Schedule time for your daily exercise
Make time during the day or in the evening – no matter how busy you are – to get moving. Whether it’s a block walk or circuit, a 5K run or 30-minutes on the cross trainer, just do it. Sign up for a yoga class or jump on your bike, it’s so good for our wellbeing.
Catch up with your loved ones regularly
Making time for friends and family is even more important during a lockdown. Some days a good chat and a laugh with a friend is the best therapy. There might be days when your loved ones need you to listen to them and likewise – it’s perfectly natural during these times. Schedule a date and stick to it, it’s usually so beneficial for mental health.
Get to bed early
Dr Rangan Chatterjee recommends turning off all devices at least 90-minutes before bed. He also mentions how the blue light from devices can actually reduce levels of melatonin, which is something we need to be able to fall asleep. Grab a book and some peace before your slumber.
Cook nutritious meals
We often talk about self-care in terms of exercise and wellness: spa sessions, walking and meditation, but what we put into our bodies is key – so make it super nutritious and good for the soul. Cooking can be an act of self-care. Get that casserole on low and slow and load up on the crispy greens. When we eat well we feel energised and nourished, meaning we are less likely to snack.
Discover the benefits of regular talking therapy
We go to a doctor when we are ill, but we don’t always talk to a therapist when we need help unravelling our thoughts. CBT and DBT are two talking therapies that include practical exercises to support your mental health every day. By joining an impartial practitioner for a private session – the load might just seem a little lighter. For more information on our friendly and confidential wellbeing services, contact us.
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