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 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. hero Wellbeing Coach Vicky shares her top 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.” Vicky says, “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 also 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.
Morning Walk, lunchtime yoga, evening HIIT – 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. How about trying hero Training Clubs live workouts, available free on Instagram live every week day!
Be Mindful & Relax
10-15 minutes of mindfulness per day can increase grey matter, which sits deep inside the brain and helps with development, memory and learning, changes in self awareness and many more.
Wellbeing Coach Vicky’s personal favourites are:
- Taking a hot bath
- Long Walk (consciously remembering 3 things about my walk)
- Imagery (sitting comfortable, controlling my breathing, going to my happy place and going through my senses)
To find out more about self care and supporting your wellbeing at home, download our Self-Isolation Toolkit below.