I think we can all agree, the year 2020 hasn’t got off to the greatest start! In light of recent Governance guidelines, there is likely to be a prolonged period of isolation for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, those over 70s, those with underlying health issues or those who are pregnant. The numbers of people working from home will also increase. It is therefore likely that we will all be impacted by COVID-19 in some way or another.
This may seem like the perfect opportunity to binge that Netflix series you keep meaning to watch. Or perhaps polish off those Easter eggs you bought for the kids last week, and promised yourself you wouldn’t touch! But now it is more important than ever to make sure you are taking care of yourself – both physically and mentally.
Before we start, this is by no means a shameless sales opportunity! The wellbeing of our clients, team and anyone who is reading this is important to us. We have therefore created a list of things you can do during this difficult time to take care of yourself…
It is inevitable that many of us will struggle with the upcoming uncertainty we face – whether it be the fear of the unknown, anxiety, isolation or any other concern. It is important that we keep talking – to friends, family, employers, support networks… whoever you feel is best placed to help you. It is likely this will affect those who have not experienced mental health issues in the past. Remember, you are not alone.
Don’t forget to look at the situation from another perspective – even if you are not struggling, someone you know may be. Reach out.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that "people should go outside… walk your pets, but, if you're in household isolation, do go outside but try to avoid other people”.
Being physically active can lift your mood, reduce stress and anxiety and encourage the release of endorphins (your body's feel good chemicals). Exercise can also be a good distraction from negative thoughts. We’re not suggesting that you use this time to start training for a marathon (unless you want to!) – but make sure you take the time to get out of the house each day for a walk to get some fresh air, exercise and some much needed vitamin D from the sun. Scheduling in time to get outside each day will also keep some sort of routine that you may have lost from being at home.
For those who feel they need to move more, there are plenty of exercise regimes you can keep to at home and the variations are vast, even if you are short of time. Here are just a few examples:
- HIT (high intensity training) - short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise
- EMOM (every minute on the minute) - interval workout where you perform a specific task at the start of every minute for a set amount of time
- Tabata – a 4 minutes HIT session with higher intensity exercise periods and less rest
Don’t worry if you don’t have any equipment at home – body weight exercises (such as squats) are beneficial and are a great way to improve core strength, postural stability and proprioception (awareness of the position and movement of the body).
At Lee Paines Health & Wellness we continue to monitor the latest developments, and are looking at ways we can keep in touch with our clients where possible and continue to support where we can. If you have any suggestions please do let us know!
Lee & The Team
Below are a list of websites that you may find useful at this time:
NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Note: All guidance within this article are based on Government Guidelines released on 16 March 2020, and are therefore subject to change. Please check the NHS website (above) for latest guidelines