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Keeping well through the COVID-19 journey

May 07, 2020

As economies re-open and a new level of normality is restored, we each have a different journey when it comes to a healt...

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As economies re-open and a new level of normality is restored, we each have a different journey when it comes to a healthy body and mind.

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This crisis has taught us a number of things about ourselves. We’ve been quick to respond to the situation by implementing new ways of working where the lines between work/life have become a little blurred. We’ve refined and adjusted our approaches to create work/life balance, as well as continue to build connections with our teams and colleagues. But as time goes on, the novelty wears off.

Key Tips for Wellness During a Crisis

Here are some tips to help you on your wellness journey to support your physical and mental well-being.

  • Laugh Every Day – Find something that gives you joy. Read a book, watch a show, play a board game, call your friends or family on the phone for a chat.
  • Show Vulnerability – It’s okay to be worried, but don’t let it overcome you. Educate yourself on what’s happening and how you can protect yourself.
  • Challenge Yourself – Learn something new. Start an educational course, start a diary, watch a documentary.
  • Ignite Your Senses – Go for a walk if possible and get outside in the fresh air, sunshine, or rain. Cook a meal you’ve never cooked before.
  • Appreciate the Little Things – It’s often the small things in life that give us the most joy. Have a cake and a cup of coffee, treat yourself to some chocolate or popcorn with butter while you watch a movie.
  • Don’t Forget to Sleep – It’s easy to get into unhealthy sleep patterns. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep and not too much!
  • Practice Mindfulness – Be present in the moment!
  • Surround Yourself with Genuine People – Are the people around you looking after you, and do they care for you? Or are they taking advantage of you? It’s a great time to evaluate friendships.
  • Pay It Forward – Accept help when you need it and be prepared to help others around you that may need help.
  • Increase your Heart Rate – Don’t forget the importance of exercise! There are hundreds of different exercises that you can do at home with no equipment or using household items.
  • Step Away from the Screen – It’s important to have screen-free time, especially while you’re relaxing just before bed.

Coming out of a lockdown

The crisis journey and the impact on our well-being doesn’t end as restrictions and lockdowns are eased. We each have our good days and bad days – it’s okay not to be resilient all of the time.

Here are some tips to help you build and stay resilient – no matter what the day brings.

  • Understanding Your Feelings – It’s okay to get a bit overwhelmed about the whole situation. It’s understandable, but don’t let it overcome you. If you need to take five, then plug in some headphones and listen to your favourite music and just unwind yourself.
  • Look out for Signs that You’re Not Okay – Quick breathing, irritability, frustration, sadness, are all signs that you’re not okay. It’s natural to feel this way at times, but don’t let these feelings overwhelm you.
  • Have Reasonable Expectations – Don’t build your expectations so high that you’re going to feel let down with everything and everyone around you. Set yourself realistic expectations.
  • Learn How To Control Your Emotions – What makes you feel better? Listening to music, going for a walk, baking a cake, watching a movie, or talking with friends? Learn how to control your emotions when they are becoming too much to handle.
  • Give Other People Space – We all process things differently, and the people around us must have the opportunity to process things in their own space and time.
  • Don’t Get Sucked Into Social Media – Social media is a great way to stay connected, but it also feeds off the misery and bad news happening in the world. Limit your exposure and time spent staring at social media sites.
  • Find the Positives – Look for the positives. You have more time to spend with your family, you started a new hobby, you’re exercising again, or finally made time to take on that study or course you always wanted to do.
  • Stay Structured – When it comes to isolation, structure is key. Don’t let it ruin your routines. If you usually get up and exercise before work, then keep doing it.
  • Show Vulnerability - Being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness. It takes more courage to be open and leads to greater emotional resilience in the long term. 

The end of the journey

The world we knew yesterday, is not the same today. Take the time to listen to your body, monitor your surroundings but also keep an eye out for others. We hope these simple tips will help you get through some of the uncertainty today.

Stay safe.

 

 

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