Understandably we will all be experiencing higher than usual levels of anxiety and stress as coronavirus continues to
change the way that we live our lives. Being confined to our homes for the foreseeable future, uncertainty around work and missing loved ones are rightly front of mind as we learn to navigate unchartered terrain.
It’s not unreasonable to feel a sense of frustration at not being able to indulge in our usual self care activities whether
that be eating out, going to the gym, getting our hair, nails and eyebrows done – I type as I sit here with a three week
grown out manicure, wolverine-esque brows and on the last drops of hair conditioner! The point is, yearning the things that made us feel good previously doesn’t make us bad people.
Looking after your well-being is essential! As we face uncertain and challenging times at present and ahead, it is imperative that we ensure that our mental, physical and emotional health is prioritised.
We have set out some mantras to help you get through the next few weeks.
Eat well and stay hydrated
Our diet has a huge effect on our mood and whilst it might be tempting to draw for the chocolate stash, maintaining a healthy variety including fruit and veg (and chocolate) is going to help boost our mood. Hydration is key – drinking water is important for physical and mental health. Whilst at home, instead of filing a water bottle, fill a glass of water and refill every time you polish it off. This will help get your steps up too.
Connect with people
Good relationships are integral to mental wellbeing. Whilst we are physically distancing from loved ones we can still connect via phone, video call and text (the wonders of technology)! Maintaining good relationships and contact provides a sense of belonging and self worth, providing us with the opportunity to share (positive and negatives) experiences and provide emotional support.
From pilates to HIIT to legs, bums and tums, many classes are available at the touch of a button. If you’re old school, dust off the running shoes and get to jogging. Exercise is great for raising your self esteem. Getting active causes chemical changes to the brain, proven to lift your mood. Waking up and doing a half hour workout provides a positive start to the day.
As I mentioned above there are many things that we will be missing from our usual beauty routines, as we have the time (and can hide if it goes wrong) this is the perfect time to learn how to do a gel pedicure, invest in a hot waxing kit, or
learn to style your locs. The time we take to pay ourselves some attention, to learn a new craft, and to be present, is self care in and of itself.
Be in the moment
One thing the lockdown has allowed for, is to be present in the moment. Life has slowed down and we are able to decompress from some of the stresses of daily life, allowing us to be more mindful. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.